Austria - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
The Austrian fixed-line broadband market is dominated by the DSL sector, which retained a 64% market share of subscribers at the beginning of 2017. The cable broadband sector has held a steady share of about 34%. Although there are a number of smaller operators the cable sector is dominated by UPC Austria. The incumbent telco Telekom Austria has invested in G.fast technologies to supplement high-bandwidth connectivity in areas where it has not prioritised fibre. Fibre penetration remains low, with the platform having less than 2% market share of subscribers, but there is vigour among operators to build out network infrastructure. 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 February 2017 proposed a framework by which broadband services could be expanded across the country, partly through encouraging the use of DSL vectoring technology.
Telekom Austria trials XG-Fast technology providing data at over 11Gb/s; T-Mobile Austria and Huawei sign five-year deal to improve wireless home broadband services; regulator proposes framework to expand broadband services nationally; government pledges 1 billion to upgrade national broadband availability; UPC Austria acquires regional cableco Kabel-TV Stadl-Paura; Telekom Austria commits 400 million for domestic broadband infrastructure upgrades, expands satellite broadband to deliver bundled services; Xlink launches 1Gb/s FttP broadband offer; UPC Austria tests 1.3Gb/s service; TA trials vectoring technology; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.