Makedonski Telekom

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Makedonski Telekom AD
Type Joint-stock company
Industry Communications Services
Founded January 1, 1997
Headquarters Skopje, Macedonia
Area served Macedonia
Key people Andreas Maierhofer (CEO and Executive member of Board of Directors)
Slavko Projkoski (CFO)
Gusztav Mahler (COOC)
Aleksandar Popovski (COOB)
Thorsten Albers (CTO)
Lazar Popovski (CHRO)
Miroslav Jovanovic (CIO)
Oliver Kosturanov (President of Board of Directors)
Products Fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband and fixed-line internet services, IT and network services, IPTV
Employees 1300 (September 2008)
Website http://www.telekom.mk

Makedonski Telekom AD (English: Macedonian Telecom, Macedonian: Македонски Телеком АД) is a telecommunications company in the Republic of Macedonia with headquarters in Skopje. It is part of the Magyar Telekom Group, which is a fully consolidated subsidiary of international Deutsche Telekom Group. It offers a range of telecommunications and entertainment services, such as telephone services, a range of internet access services including broadband internet, entertainment IPTV products and operates the national telephone network.

Makedonski Telekom has been present both on the top-most successful companies list and on the top-largest companies list, and has been ranked among the top 10 companies in Macedonia.[1]

Formation of Makedonski Telekomunikacii[edit]

AD Makedonski Telekomunikacii was introduced in 1st of January 1997 as a state-owned company independent of the Post Office. The predecessor of the Company which provided telecommunication, postal, banking and other services in the Republic of Macedonia under the name PTT Makedonija was divided into two legal entities: AD Makedonski Telekomunikacii and AD Makedonski Posti. This resulted in the separation of postal operations from those of telecommunications and telegraphy, as well as in the separation of the relevant assets and liabilities. In March 1998, the company was registered as a Joint Stock Company in public ownership in order to prepare for privatization.

Privatization[edit]

The privatization took place on the 15th of January 2001, when The Government of the Republic of Macedonia and a consortium led by the Hungarian telecommunications provider, Matav, signed a contract for the acquisition of Makedonski Telekomunikacii shares whereby Matav entered Makedonski Telekomunikacii shareholders register as the owner of 51% of the shares and thus became the dominant owner of the company. As of October 2008, the Macedonian government still holds a stake in company stock directly.

On 1st of June 2001, a mobile phone provider T- Mobile Macedonia (formerly Mobimak) began functioning as a separate legal entity (daughter company).

Re-branding[edit]

On May 1, 2008, AD Makedonski Telekomunikacii officially became part of the Deutsche Telekom global family, accepting the new "T" brand. From this date onwards the company runs as a legal subject under the name Makedonski Telekom, Joint Stock Company for Electronic Communications – Skopje or under the abbreviated name, Makedonski Telekom AD – Skopje. With the implementation of the "T" brand, which is umbrella of the two sub-brands T-Home and T- Mobile, Makedonski Telekom took over Deutsche Telekom Group’s corporate identity and design, launching on the market a series of new products and services, among which the attractive Double Play and Triple Play offers.

Operations[edit]

Makedonski Telekom is the dominant fixed line operator on Macedonian market, it also operates as an internet service provider, and as integrated telecommunications and entertainment services provider. Offering communication services and entertainment contents ensuring its future revenues, the company is also improving the competitiveness in Macedonia, as well as growth in mobile and broadband services on national level.

The company offers portfolio of Internet protocol-based services, data communications services, equipment sale and lease, and systems integration services.

Launched in November 2008 as a service available exclusively via T-Home super fast broadband network, IPTV (branded as MaxTV) is first digital TV offer for customers in Macedonia.

Makedonski Telekom endeavours to modernize its network and reach a high technological level. Modernization of the network infrastructure with the implementation of optical cables up to the end users, known as Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) is one of the main focuses. By the end of 2012, 88.068 FTTH Homes Passed, and 12.333 were connected to optic in several major cities in Macedonia such as Skopje, Kumanovo, Stip, Strumica, Ohrid, Gostivar, etc. [2]

Back in November 2011, Makedonski Telekom started a project for modernization of the network through a new fully internet-based multimedia platform of the new generation. The IMS Platform is used for the provision of VoIP as part of the 2Play and 3Play services and as a base for the PSTN network migration towards the all-IP network. In less than nine months, as of November 2011 until June 2012, 100,000 Telekom users already used the new platform, i.e. were migrated on it. This platform replaces the existing digital telephone exchanges and is a preparation for the services of the new generation and the unlimited communication possibilities offered by the internet. On February 2014 Deutsche Telekom reavled that it's subsidiary Makedonsky Telekom has become the first European incumbent to convert its PSTN infrastructure to an all IP network. It took just over two years for all 290,000 fixed lines to be migrated onto the new platform.[3] The capital investment worth 14 million Euros makes Macedonia the first country in the South-East Europe whose network will be fully based on Internet protocol.

Web portals[edit]

The first web portal, designed by MTnet (former Internet service provider of Makedonski Telekom), was released on December 7th, 1999. At that time, it was a combination of MTnet product and general Internet content portal. It was the first portal of that kind, offering mostly daily updated news and information to Internet users in Macedonia.

IDIVIDI (www.idividi.com.mk), as a brand, was launched in February, 2004 introducing new types of content and adding functionality related to content publication and interaction with the visitors. Topics include World/Domestic News, Business information, Sports, Style, Fun, Health, Technology. By 2008 IDIVIDI has average 35.000 daily visitors and reached a pick of 60.000 daily visitors. IDIVIDI publish 200 news items daily.

Portal also provides services: 10 languages Dictionary; Classified ads; Ecards; Online chatting service; Forum community; Download of software from various categories; Online educational courses (Edukacija); Daily service information; Daily newspapers and electronic media news (IDIVIDI media); 24 hours LIVE cameras.

Under IDIVIDI domain there are few other portals: Portal for user generated content (Moe video); Online gaming community portal (Maxarena).

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