Mapping broadband coverage in Austria

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Austria

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Austria is now over 64% towards achieving that aim.

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National coverage by broadband technology – Austria

Austria broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Austria broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Austria has close to average standard broadband coverage but considerably better than average NGA coverage, both for the country as a whole and for rural areas.  HSPA coverage is better than average overall and significantly above average in rural areas.

As the technology profile shows, Austria gains its NGA advantage by having more than double average VDSL coverage and reasonable Docsis 3 coverage as well.  This offsets the relatively low development of FTTP.  Besides good HSPA coverage, Austria is one of the 10 study countries which had already launched commercial LTE services by the end of 2011.

The rural profile reinforces this picture.  Austria is distinctly better than average at bringing DSL services to rural areas and well ahead in delivering VDSL.  WiMAX also makes a significant contribution in the countryside.  On the other hand, FTTP and cable services are absent, or available only to a very small extent.

Austria superfast broadband coverage map

Austria superfast broadband coverage map

Rural HSPA services help to fill the gap and Austria is also one of the countries with full distribution for KA-band satellite broadband.

NGA broadband maps for Austria

Austria has about average standard broadband coverage.  The major cities and more urbanised areas in the east and centre of the country all have at least 95%.  Most of the more rural areas have at least 92%.  The exceptions are the two most mountainous provinces in the west of the country, Tiroler Oberland and Ausserfern which have just above and just below 90% coverage respectively.

Austria’s NGA coverage is well above average thanks to its extensive cable network and widespread VDSL rollout.  So far it is the east of the country which has benefited most.  A belt of seven provinces, stretching south-west from  Vienna and its surroundings down to Graz and Klagenfurt-Villach all have at least 65% NGA availability.  But the rest of the country has average to good coverage too, with no province having less than 42%.

Data tables for Austria


Statistic National
Population 8,318,592
Persons per household 2.3
Rural proportion 28.6%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 93.0% 81.0%
VDSL 46.5% 24.4%
FTTP 5.3% 0.2%
WiMAX 17.2% 12.5%
Standard cable 34.8% 0.0%
Docsis 3 cable 34.8% 0.0%
HSPA 97.5% 92.3%
LTE 18.8% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 95.0% 82.6%
NGA Combination 64.4% 24.5%

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

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