Austria allocates third of Broadband Billion subsidies

Monday 27 November 2017 | 14:39 CET | News

The Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology announced that more than 681,000 inhabitants are already profiting from the subsidy programme Broadband Billion. Already a third of the total amount has been allocated to 1,104 municipalities. The biggest beneficiaries are the states Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria. 

In autumn, the Infrastructure Ministry closed the second tender of the broadband programme 'Access' and 'Backhaul' and divided EUR 80 million among 20 beneficiaries. In total, EUR 332 million from the 'Broadband Billion' has been allocated. The programme's objective is to cover the whole country with broadband internet by 2020.

A third of the insufficiently covered households totaling 1.9 million will get a broadband connection. A household is considered insufficiently covered when its current internet connection speed is slower than 30 Mbps.

The biggest beneficiary of the Access programme is the company Energie Upper Austria, which invests exclusively in fibre to the home. A1 Telekom Austria relies on FTTH in three projects. In the first round of the Connect programme, FTTH for seven schools and two SMEs will be subsidised. All provided public funds from the 'Broadband Billion' will be doubled with investments from private network operators. 

Among the states, the biggest beneficiary so far has been Lower Austria with total subsidies of EUR 94.3 million for 230 municipalities to provide broadband connection for 176,700 inhabitants.

For projects in Upper Austria, the total amounts to EUR 89.2 million for providing broadband connections for 134,400 inhabitants in 248 municipalities. 

In the state Styria, the allocated subsidies amount to EUR 48.5 million to provide coverage for 100,500 inhabitants in 178 municipalities. 

Tyrol shall get EUR 45.9 million for 111,000 inhabitants in 170 municipalities.

Carinthia shall be subsidised with EUR 30.9 million for broadband infrastructure for 99,800 inhabitants in 90 municipalities. 

The total subsidy in Salzburg shall amount to EUR 7.7 million for 4,300 inhabitants in 66 municipalities. 

For Burgenland EUR 7.2 million has been allocated for broadband connection of 11,500 inhabitants of 39 municipalities.

Vorarlberg shall get EUR 5.2 million for projects in 47 municipalities to provide broadband coverage for 22,500 inhabitants.

Vienna shall get EUR 2.9 million to cover 22,500 inhabitants with broadband connections, especially in suburban areas.

Currently the fourth tender of the 'Empty Duct' programme as well as the programme 'Connect' are running, in which SMEs and schools will be connected to the fibre network. Next tenders in the programmes Access and Backhaul are planned to start before the end of the year. 

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