It is with great regret that I have to announce the passing of a longterm friend of the house – mobile visionary and Hutchison CEO Berthold Thoma has succumbed to a yet-unknown unknown illness just a few hours ago.
Berthold Thoma’s engagement is what has made the mobile market in Austria what it is today. In just 8 years, he transformed the market from one governed by fear of internet addiction and insane GPRS data prices to one where data prices are among the lowest in the world:
During this process, he always was hindered by government entities – both seeking to protect the governmental carrier A1 and other revenue sources important to powers close to the state.
If one man has done something for the smartphone market in Austria, it was Berthold. Phones used to look cool – after him, phones are powerful.
The whole Tamoggemon Content Network team mourns the death of a visionary, who has shaped both our network and the mobile world in general. His ideas and predictions often turned out to be true.
Berthold, you were a true friend. May you and your work and spirit live on in all of us!