Austria‘s way to become a 5G pioneer in Europe
This present strategy aims at achieving the rollout of the 5G mobile communications standard with optimised framework conditions, and aims at harnessing the associated opportunities for citizens, the economy, industry and science.
In the course of a broadly-based stakeholder survey, specific measures in the action fields of infrastructure and applications have been developed in order to create optimised framework conditions.
In concrete terms, 24 out of the 34 measures dealing with the action fields of infrastructure and applications serve to facilitate and to significantly reduce the costs of upgrading the digital infrastructure. The remaining ten measures take advantage of the technical possibilities and the potential of 5G for the economy and society by supporting the timely development of 5G services and applications. Among other things, targeted funding programmes, innovation co-operations, test environments and innovation-friendly public procurement (IÖB) will be used to advance
The Austrian government intends to accomplish the following goals
Phase 1: Implement the first pre-commercial 5G trial installations by mid-2018.
Phase 2: Achieve the interim goal of an almost nationwide availability of the ultrafast broadband network (100 Mbit/s) by the end of 2020. This will create the basis for a nationwide 5G expansion. The rollout of 5G in all provincial capitals is planned to ensue at the same time.
Phase 3: Aim to bring 5G service availability to main traffic routes by the end of 2023; accomplish virtually nationwide 5G availability by the end of 2025.