A1 Telekom Austria Group
Release from 19.10.2020

A1 Telekom Austria Group: A1 Digital to Support European Cloud Infrastructure GAIA-X

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Cloud computing is a key factor in the digital transformation. Data fuels innovation and information is smartly evaluated and transformed into new knowledge, resulting in new products, services and solutions. A prerequisite for this is not only the high quality of available data, but also security in the data infrastructure.

A1 Telekom Austria Group, as the leading telecommunications company in Austria and the CEE region, therefore welcomes the initiative of the EU countries, "GAIA-X", to promote a common European cloud policy. GAIA-X is regarded as a common, European foundation for the future European data spaces. As a Day 1 Member, A1 Telekom Austria Group supports the German-French cloud project GAIA-X with its subsidiary A1 Digital.

Alejandro Plater, COO A1 Telekom Austria Group: "It is of central interest to us to strengthen digital sovereignty in Europe and we must retain the ability to act in a self-determined manner in Europe. As part of the GAIA-X project we support Europe's independence and innovative ability".

A1 Digital is part of GAIA-X and, with Exoscale, the A1 Digital Cloud from Germany, is already driving the European data infrastructure significantly forward.

"Digitalization requires not only courage and persistence, but also the right infrastructure. It is a great honor and a logical consequence for us to participate in the GAIA-X initiative as a Day 1 Member," says Elisabetta Castiglioni, CEO A1 Digital. "Cloud solutions are increasingly becoming part of the central infrastructure of many companies," she continues. "With Exoscale, we already offer GDPR-compliant, secure and high-performance cloud solutions from Europe: Data sovereignty is thus already in the hands of the entrepreneurs. With servers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, we can guarantee that customer data will always remain in the country”.

Strict data protection: European cloud secure from unwanted access
In the course of the digital transformation, the importance of data for business success is growing exponentially. Strict data protection is key. European cloud solutions that are not subject to the US CLOUD Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data) are therefore urgently needed. Thanks to stricter data protection regulations in the EU (GDPR), data centers of European cloud providers offer an important advantage over US operators. In addition, American cloud providers are subject to the US CLOUD Act and must release data when ordered by US courts. No matter where the servers of these companies are located - whether in Boston or Berlin.

About Exoscale
Exoscale, an A1 Digital product, offers cloud services focusing on simplicity, scalability, and security for SaaS businesses and web applications. With a simple and intuitive web administration interface, coupled with fixed pricing, Exoscale makes complex infrastructure concepts easy to implement. Exoscale focuses on fast and flexible self-service solutions for customers. At the same time, trustworthy and reliable infrastructure components ensure maximum scalability, reliability, and performance. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and with data centers throughout Switzerland, in Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich, and Sofia, Exoscale benefits from Swiss and European data protection regulations and therefore comply with all EU-GDPR guidelines.


About A1 Digital: A1 Digital makes digitization happen.
A1 Digital realises digitization projects together with businesses: The focus is on industry-specific applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as cloud-based products for the modern workplace and security solutions for the cloud and IoT. With scalable services, A1 Digital is also an ideal partner for digital projects in medium-sized companies. As part of the A1 Telekom Austria Group and therefore also of América Móvil, the company can rely on the mature infrastructure of one of the world’s largest mobile network operators. As well as the German centre in Munich, A1 Digital operates regional sales organisations and offers cloud solutions via data centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


About A1 Telekom Austria Group
A1 Telekom Austria Group, listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe with around 25 million customers, currently operating in seven countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, the Republic of North Macedonia (A1) and the Republic of Serbia (Vip mobile).

Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, A1 Telekom Austria Group achieved revenues of 4.57 billion Euros by year end 2019. More than 18,000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime. As European unit of América Móvil, one of the largest wireless services provider in the world, A1 Telekom Austria Group is headquartered in Vienna and gives access to global solutions.
For further information please visit our Website at https://www.a1.group/en/home

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