A1 Telekom Austria, in association with Eutelsat, is now offering a satellite broadband solution in a bid to serve remote locations that are otherwise difficult to reach. The service will primarily be used to serve ‘frontier zones and mountain regions’ where the nearest A1 switching centre or mobile base station is too far away to enable a satisfactory broadband connection. The new package supports transmission speeds of up to 22Mbps/6Mbps (down/uplink). Around 1% of buildings in Austria currently lack access to DSL services, according to company estimates.
Previously, in September 2013 Telekom Austria Group and Eutelsat signed an accord signalling their intention to enable the delivery of TV services via satellite in central and south-eastern Europe. Further satellite rollouts are planned across the group’s operating markets later in 2015.