Description / Explanation
Based on the Austrian's aim for broadband development, a basic broadband should be available for the entire households with a minimum speed of 25 Mbps. This should be achieved based on the BBA_2013 project frameworks.
09/02/2011 to 31/12/2013
Infrastructure & Service
Speed / performance
Infrastructure, technology and architecture
The selection procedures have been technology neutral. allowing applicants to propose any suitable technological solution. Approximately 84% of state aid will be invested in fixed lines (Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC), Fibre To The Home(FTTH)); the rest in mobile lines (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)) with access to a fibre backhaul.
Cost structure and financing sources
Austria used the rural development fund (15 Mio EUR) and national aid by the federal ministry (1. for transport and innovation (4.8 Mio EUR) 2. for environment and agriculture (2.9 Mio EUR). furthermore the federal states (7.7 Mio EUR); some federal states used the guideline to extend the funding).
Among the award criteria are the amount of aid requested, the capacity of broadband, and the criteria for determining prices; to choose the most economically advantages, priority was given to the bidder that offered the lowest price for the comparable quality and quantity.
With regard to energy-efficiency and cost-reduction, recipients of BBA_2013 have to report their infrastructure to a Geographical Information System (GIS)-data-file.
In large parts of Austria, the establishment of high speed (now: ultra-high-speed) internet connections is not commercially viable for service providers. BBA_2013 aims at closing up the digital gap between rural and other areas and enabling access to high speed internet throughout the country.