Telekom Austria has confirmed that it has successfully completed its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout in the 15th and 19th districts of Vienna. The two districts have been connected to the company’s high speed ‘GigaNet’ network. According to Telekom Austria, approximately 90,000 households and commercial businesses in the two districts now have access to the network, gaining transmission speeds of up to 30Mbps in the process. Within the framework of the project Telekom Austria has confirmed that 200 selected households and commercial businesses across the two districts will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot test trialling download speeds of 100Mbps in the coming months; these transmission speeds are scheduled to be made commercially available during 2H11.
Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of the Telekom Austria group, commented: ‘Multimedia services are considerably driving broadband demand – this is why we have launched our GigaNet initiative. The rollout of a full-coverage fibre-optic network in the 15th and 19th Vienna districts marks a further important milestone in Austria’s digital capabilities. With FTTH solutions, we can reach vastly improved transmission speeds going forward. The services that might push this network infrastructure to its limits have not been invented yet’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September 2010 Telekom Austria announced that its GigaNet rollout had surpassed expectations, and reached 1.5 million homes and businesses across the country, double its original goal. This meant that around 36% of Austrian households were now passed by its GigaNet infrastructure. In light of the surpassed targets, Telekom set a new target of 2.3 million homes by 2013.