Austria remained ahead of European averages for standard, standard fixed and NGA broadband coverage, both in total and in rural areas.
Standard fixed broadband coverage was dominated by DSL coverage. At the end of 2012, Austria reported 98% coverage of households with DSL but was behind the EU average for standard cable coverage.
Austria gains its NGA advantage with higher than average VDSL coverage. At the end of 2012 more than 50% of households could access VDSL services, although note that this was not restricted to households that could access speeds greater than 25Mbps. This offset the comparatively low deployment of FTTP.
DSL was the key fixed-broadband service for bringing standard broadband to rural areas, although coverage of cable at rural households was more than twice the European average, and WiMAX also made a significant contribution. VDSL and FTTP services were still mostly absent in rural areas. Whilst it has been indicated that there is some VDSL coverage in rural areas, we were able to find no evidence of the precise locations from the survey or supporting research. Docsis 3 was therefore the key technology bringing NGA services to rural households.
Overall NGA coverage grew by over five percentage points in 2012, and by nearly 6p.p. in rural areas. VDSL coverage grew by 4p.p. in the year and made the biggest contribution to the increase.
Most areas in Austria were thought to have greater than 95% coverage of standard fixed broadband services by the end of 2012. More precise data on the location of the cable networks in Austria has changed the NGA profile of the country slightly, with greater coverage in the west aas well as the east of the country. The surrounding areas of Vienna enjoyed the highest standard and NGA broadband coverage.
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