Thomas Arnoldner

CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group, President of the Austrian Management Club

I have been in the telco and IT industry for my entire professional life, and for me it is still one of the most exciting areas to work in. Our industry is in the epicentre of the digital transformation, and what is happening now is game changing for our future. Modern technologies like IoT and 5G are the basis to exploit the huge opportunities offered by digitalization in every area of our lives – from our living rooms, to urban traffic, to large industrial companies. I believe that the benefits of the digital future ought to belong to everyone. That’s why it’s so important, for instance, to have an education system that will get us and our children fit for the digital opportunities of the future. It is essential that we ensure equal access to information and knowledge to close the digital gap that unfortunately still exists. And that is why I find events like 4GameChangers important – to have a forum to discuss and explain ideas and visions, to inspire and motivate people and to connect the relevant stakeholders to move together in the right direction. Driving this transformation and having the ability to impact our joint future energizes me and keeps me motivated every day.

A1 Telekom Austria Group is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in CEE with more than 24 Mio. customers, currently operating in seven countries. Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, the Group achieved revenues of 4.47 billion Euros by YE 2018. Around 19.000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime.