Publication Date: December 2023
Report Pages: 253
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
Austria has a mature telecom market, dominated by Telekom Austria, Magenta Telekom (formed from the merger of T-Mobile Austria and the cableco UPC Austria), and 3 Austria. The mobile market benefits from a growing number of MVNOs. The three multi-service operators are among the numerous telcos which in recent years have signed various network access agreements aimed at quickening the pace of fibre-based infrastructure rollouts. As one result of this process, the telecom regulator has removed market regulations relating to Telekom Austria’s wholesale broadband services.
In common with other countries in the region, the telcos as well as the government and regulator have focussed on delivering improved telecom infrastructure. The government has in train a program to provide a national gigabit service by 2030, delivered by private enterprise though with some state funding. This is based on fibre networks supported by 5G, with the MNOs able to expand the reach of their 5G services following auctions held in March 2019 and September 2020. More recently, a plan has also been developed through to 2026 which would release additional spectrum in several bands to help increase network the capacity, and so improve the quality of services offered.
The fixed-line broadband market is still dominated by the DSL sector, though it is slowly losing market share as improved cable broadband has taken a greater proportion of new subscribers. The fibre sector was slow to develop, and although fibre penetration remains low there is considerable vigour among operators to build out networks. Magenta Telekom has announced plans to invest €2 billion in its fixed and mobile network by 2030, in conjunction with partners. The work will see a gigabit fibre service delivered to more than 2.5 million premises, or about 60% of the total.
This report presents key aspects of the Austrian telecom and ICT markets, including statistical data on the country, the fixed network services sector and telecom infrastructure. It also presents an overview of recent regulatory developments affecting broadband access and mobile spectrum.
Telekom Austria (A1), Tele2, tele.ring, Magenta Telekom (UPC Austria, T-Mobile Austria), 3 Austria, Orange Austria, Mundio, Lycamobile, Yesss!, M:Tel Austria, Hofer Telekom, Xlink
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