Telekom Austria Group has announced that its high-speed ‘GigaNet’ rollout has surpassed expectations, and reached 1.5 million homes and businesses across the country, double the original goal, and corresponding to approximately 36% of Austrian households and businesses. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of the Telekom Austria Group, commented: ‘Internet users are increasingly becoming broadband hungry – the larger the bandwidth, the higher the usage. Against the backdrop of an exponential surge in data volumes, we need to provide an adequate network infrastructure. One year ago, we started the implementation of a nation-wide broadband rollout plan targeting 750,000 households and commercial businesses until year-end 2010. As of today, we have already exceeded this target and reached the 1.5 million mark. Our next target is two million by 2013.’
In addition, an additional 190 switching centers have been upgraded to Telekom Austria’s so-called VDSL@CO technology in the country’s densely populated urban areas, increasing the number of VDSL@CO locations to 687 as of 1 September. VDSL@CO technology enables download speeds of up to 30Mbps and upload speeds of 4Mbps. In addition, by year-end 2010 Telekom Austria plans to cover 40% of all households with its glass fibre pilot project ‘FiberCities’, which is set to be rolled out in Villach and Klagenfurt. 4,000 mobile base stations will be connected to the corporate glass fibre network. As previously reported in TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, LTE pilot projects are currently underway in the test areas of the 21st and 2nd Vienna districts and in St. Polten in Lower Austria. Telekom Austria has reported a 250-fold increase in transmission volumes recorded over the past five years.