Austria - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
The Austrian fixed-line broadband market is dominated by the DSL sector, while the cable broadband sector has held a steady share of about a third of connections. The fibre sector was slow to develop, but in recent years there has been greater effort among telcos to develop infrastructure and promote the take-up of bundled services.
UPC Austria continues to invest in DOCSIS3.1 technology. The operator has been acquired by T-Mobile Austria (a deal approved in July 2018) which will strengthen the latter’s provision of mobile and fixed services. Telekom Austria has also invested in G.fast to supplement high-bandwidth connectivity in areas where it has not prioritised fibre. Although fibre penetration remains low, with the platform having less than 2% market share of subscribers, there is considerable vigour among operators to build out network infrastructure: Telekom Austria is in the process of extending its fibre infrastructure to additional 300,000 premises, affecting some 500 towns. Ongoing investment in the sector suggests stronger growth in coming years, and as a result the number of DSL lines is expected to fall as customers are migrated to fibre.
The regulator in 2017 proposed a framework by which broadband services could be expanded across the country, partly through encouraging the use of DSL vectoring technology.
T-Mobile Austria acquires UPC Austria;
Telekom Austria trials XG-Fast technology providing data at over 11Gb/s, prepares to expand fibre infrastructure to an additional 300,000 premises;
T-Mobile Austria and Huawei sign five-year deal to improve wireless home broadband services, commits €400 million for domestic broadband infrastructure upgrades, expands satellite broadband to deliver bundled services;
Regulator proposes framework to expand broadband services nationally;
Government pledges €1 billion to upgrade national broadband availability;
Xlink launches 1Gb/s FttP broadband offer;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.