Alcatel-Lucent has announced a contract with A1 Telekom Austria under which it will deploy Vplus and G.fast access technologies, plus IP routing and optical transport upgrades, to support the telco’s ultra-broadband services. G.fast vectoring uses a wide frequency band to achieve very high speeds – more than 1Gbps according to the vendor – on copper lines over very short distances. Meanwhile, Vplus is a DSL technology that allows operators to provide aggregate speeds of 200Mbps and higher over copper at distances of up to 500 meters, and 300Mbps over distances shorter than 250 metres. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, A1 Telekom Austria claimed 1.51 million broadband subscribers at the end of September 2015, giving it more than 60% of the retail internet sector. The telco is working as part of a national broadband initiative to deliver 100Mbps internet services to 99% of Austrian households.