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Austria's Government Roll Out a Detailed Broadband Strategy

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Nitish Verma
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Austria's Government Roll Out a Detailed Broadband Strategy

Austria, despite its advanced technological landscape, is currently trailing in the realm of fiber optic connectivity as compared to its counterparts. However, the federal government's comprehensive broadband strategy is set to revolutionize this narrative by 2030. The ambitious plan is focused on achieving nationwide coverage with gigabit-capable connections, ensuring no citizen is left in the connectivity blind spot.

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Internet accessibility in Austria has been progressively improving over the years. The European Commission's report reveals a steady increase in internet users from 4.6 million in 2008 to 5.8 million ten years later. Broadband internet access is also on an upward trajectory, with the user base surging from 3.2 million in 2008 to 4.4 million in 2018, marking a 37.6 percent increment.

Austria boasts the second-fastest internet speeds in Europe, with an impressive average download speed of 88.56Mbps. However, the government recognizes the need for more. A whopping 500 million investment is slated for a nationwide fiber optic network, with the objective of connecting all households to the internet by 2025.

Vienna's Digital Infrastructure Project

Vienna, the capital city, is not lagging in this national endeavor. An announced digital infrastructure project will see the installation of over 2,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables in the city by 2021, a bold step towards the digital future.

The government is not only focusing on fiber optics but is also investing heavily in 5G technology. Plans to roll out the new network are underway, with a target launch date set for 2022.

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