Zapp adds 60 new locations to its Hot Spot network

Zapp and OMV have announced that, starting this week, they will add Zapp Hot Spot points to 60 OMV filling stations increasing the number of Zapp Hot Spot locations to over 330 throughout Romania.

Since 2004, Zapp has installed "hot spots" in hundreds of locations such as hotels and coffee shops and other public and commercial spaces, remaining until today the largest public wireless network to offer broadband connectivity in Romania.

With the new service available at some of their gas stations, OMV will profit from a competitive advantage over other stations. The new service is designed to offer a new benefit to OMV customers by giving them unprecedented mobility for all their communication needs. The internet access offered through Zapp Hot Spot proves extremely useful for OMV clients who, while enjoining a VIVA coffee, can now also access the internet and their e-mail.

In order to offer wireless access, a filling station must have an appropriate seating zone, such as a restaurant or coffee shop. In Romania currently 230 filling stations offer this facility, Zapp providing wireless broad band access in 90 of them, out of which 60 are OMV stations.

Two services offered in partnership by Zapp and OMV are available in this area: Hot Spot and the payment of Zapp invoices. While Hot Spot is available in 60 OMV filling stations, Zapp invoices can be paid in all OMV filling stations.

The recent deployment in OMV filling stations is the second biggest WiFi rollout of Zapp after their collaboration with Fly Taxi in 2007. This project saw 100 cars serving the international airport being equipped with hot spot technology and pre paid data cards.

Zapp is the only operator to propose such services in filling stations, at the moment covering 40% of this market segment.

WiFi access is rapidly spreading and is aimed at business and private users, the Hot Spot solution used by Zapp being based on routers and modems that hook up with Zapp EV DO network. The speed for this service is up to 2.4 Mbps, giving travelers' access to email, data, games, chat and anything else they normally do when online.

Just as in other Zapp Hot Spot locations the access is free for a testing period of 10 minutes after which users can connect to the hotspot via Zapp Internet Express Card. The express card is available for $2 per hour of Internet access and is valid for 24 hours. Also available are cards for 10, 30 and 50 USD that give users 7, 23 and 40 hours of Internet access respectively. These are valid for 2, 4 and 6 months after the date of the activation.

About SC OLMV Romania Mineraloel s.r.l.

OMV Romania Mineraloel has been present on the Romanian market since 1998 with headquarters in Bucharest, when it was set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of OMV, the leading oil and gas group in Central Europe. OMV Romania directly employs 79 people while almost 2000 new jobs have been created via its network of 73 filling stations, which represents a market share of 9% in the fuel retail sector. OMV is leader on the Romanian market as regards quality of products and services and has introduced the concept of filling stations as multifunctional service centers.

The product and services portfolio of the OMV stations is unique in Romania and includes the 72 VIVA restaurants and shops, as well as high performance car washing facilities, innovative services for cash transfer and bank loan payment. OMV was the first ecological network in Romania and the only network that uses additives on all fuels, being also the first oil company to sell Euro 3, 4 and Euro 5 fuels, high-quality diesel especially produced for the winter season - OMV Alpin Diesel and a 100 octane fuel - OMV Carrera 100.

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

With Group sales of EUR 20.04 bn and a workforce of 33,665 employees in 2007, as well as market capitalization of approx. EUR 13 bn, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is Austria's largest listed industrial company. As the leading oil and gas group in Central Europe, OMV is active in Refining and Marketing (R&M) in 13 countries. In Exploration and Production (E&P) OMV is active in 21 countries on five continents. OMV sells more than 13 bcm gas a year. OMV's Austrian gas hub Baumgarten annually transports approximately 52 bcm of gas. OMV's Central European Gas Hub is amongst the three largest hubs in Europe.

OMV is the largest oil and gas group in Central Europe, with oil and gas reserves of approx. 1.22 bn boe, daily production of around 321,000 boe and an annual refining capacity of 26.4 mn t. OMV now has over 2,538 filling stations in 13 countries. The market share of the group in the R&M business segment in the Danube Region is now 20%.

OMV further strengthened its leading position in the European growth belt through the acquisition of 40.40% of Petrol Ofisi, Turkey's leading company in the retail and commercial business.

In June 2006, OMV has established the OMV Future Energy Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary to support projects in renewable energy with more than EUR 100 mn to initiate the change from a pure oil and gas group to an energy group with renewable energy in its portfolio.

OMV: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

OMV is a member of the U.N. Global Compact and actively committed to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment in economically weak regions. OMV works hard to address economic, environmental and social issues related to its operations. Its CSR activities are fully documented in biannual performance reports compiled according to Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

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