Austria’s competitive mobile market is dominated by the three operators 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Telekom Austria’s own unit A1. However, the markets also benefits from a growing number of new entrants in the MVNO sector, which by early 2017 collectively had a 5% share of the market by subscribers. Part of the growth in the MVNO sector is due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as part of its take-over of Orange Austria, was obliged to provide a third of its network capacity to support up to 16 MVNOs.
The competitive environment has led to relatively low ARPU for operators, as well as some of the region’s lowest tariffs for consumers. The operators’ LTE networks have benefited from regulatory measures which have allowed operators to refarm existing 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE, while spectrum in the 700MHz has also been set aside for mobile broadband use once this band is released from broadcasters.
T-Mobile Austria expands Narrowband IoT capabilities; ZTE signs an MoU with 3 Austria to trial pre-5G technologies; MVNOs secure 5% market share of subscribers; A1 and Nokia trial tri-carrier technology providing data at up to 513Mb/s; regulator reclassifies GSM spectrum for 3G and LTE use; LTE available to about 98% of the population; mobile TV streaming success with more than 50 channels available; 700MHz spectrum to be assigned for mobile broadband use; Telekom Austria adds M2M platforms; report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.
3 Austria, Telekom Austria (A1), T-Mobile Austria, Orange Austria, Tele2, Mundio, Lycamobile, Yesss!, M:Tel Austria, Hofer Telekom.
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Last updated 1 Jun 2017
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