Telekom Austria (TA) has revealed plans to spend EUR1.5 billion (USD2.1 billion) over the next four years on its network infrastructure. The company has earmarked EUR1 billion to fund the initial stage of its ‘Fibre Cities’ project; deploying fibre-based next generation networks (NGN) in three cities. TA plans to roll out a fibre-to-the curb (FTTC) network capable of transmission speeds of up to 30mbps in Villach by September 2009. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks are scheduled to follow in Klagenfurt and two districts of Vienna in 2010, aiming to provide customers with peak download speeds of 100Mbps. Company CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter said, ‘NGNs will provide the technological infrastructure basis for the 21st century. Against the backdrop of a very challenging economic landscape, we are driving growth and stimulating the economy with our investments, making a significant contribution in the current recession.’ In addition to the initial stage of the ‘Fibre Cities’ project TA plans to start rolling out VDSL2 in selected rural areas towards the end of 2009 using existing fibre back bone infrastructure to support the network. The company hopes to reach 750,000 Austrian households with broadband capable of transmission speeds of up to 30Mbps by the end of 2012.
TA has also announced that it will invest EUR500 million in its mobile broadband networks, planning to upgrade its HSPA+-enabled network to offer peak transmission rates of 28Mbps, up from the current peak of 21Mbps.