Austria’s Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology has revealed that it has so far allocated EUR332 million (USD395.8 million) in broadband subsidies, benefiting around 681,000 residents across 1,104 municipalities. The sum is around a third of the total scheduled to be awarded by 2020 under the government broadband expansion programme. Among the federal states, Lower Austria has so far secured the most funding with EUR94.3 million for 230 municipalities, benefiting 176,700 residents, followed by Upper Austria, which has been allocated EUR89.2 million to benefit 134,400 residents in 248 municipalities.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the Breitband Austria 2020 national broadband strategy aims to achieve nationwide NGN internet access by 2020. In the form of subsidies, the government plans to make EUR1 billion available for NGN deployment in rural areas, generated from the multi-band mobile spectrum auction, which was concluded in October 2013. Austria plans to provide next generation broadband access to 1.9 million homes identified as having internet speeds lower than 30Mbps.