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New MD for Optus as 3G Storm Brews


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This comes just the day after serious questions were made about its newly launched ‘3G Home Zone’ femtocell technology, which claimed to be”your own private and dedicated 3G coverage signal.”

Analysts have come out in revolt against the newly launched 3G Home Zone from Optus, which runs on new femtocell technology, claiming it is a ploy by the telco to force subscribers to inadvertently to pay for their own mobile network upgrades – something that the No. 2 telco should be doing – free of charge.

The new management appointment is “effective immediately’, while incumbent, Soo Meng Tay, has returned to SingTel as the Exec VP.

Ottendorfer has worked for over twenty years in a number of European telecoms, including Deutsche Telekom as Mobile Technical Director and max.mobil and brings a wealth of technical knowledge implementing convergent technologies, across IP, mobile and fixed networks.

The Deutsche Telekom role also included overseeing the including the planned roll out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G for 100 million customers, which the telco are conducting trials on.

Earlier this year, rival Telstra announced their rollout of LTE in partnership with European communications provider Ericsson, and plans to have dual mode LTE/HSPA+ mobile broadband devices available by the close of this year.

 “We welcome Günther to Australia’s challenger telecommunication company – it is great to have a passionate customer centric leader join the organisation in such a pivotal role,” Paul O’Sullivan, Optus Chief Executive said.

“Optus’ objective to lead customer experience begins with a Network that delights our customers as well as one that provides innovation and quality,” he said.