A leading government official in Austria considers the country's mobile network to be clearly superior to the German one. "The worst mobile network in Austria is better than the best in Germany", Economics Minister Margarete Schramböck (ÖVP) said on January 20, 2020 to announce the launch of A1 Telekom Austria's 5G mobile network. Her spokeswoman told Golem.de that the quote refers to data. "In terms of network coverage, the worst mobile network in Austria is almost as good as the best in Germany", she said.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) emphasized: "We have the goal of making Austria one of the leading digital nations in Europe. This requires nationwide broadband coverage throughout Austria." They want rural areas in particular to benefit from this development.
According to the 2020 mobile network test by Connect magazine and umlaut From December 2019, the competition between the providers will take place there at a very high level. "They have regularly achieved significantly higher overall scores than their German counterparts in the past few years, but they have had to surrender to the even stronger providers from Switzerland by some distance."
The mobile operator A1 Telekom Austria will open 350 5G locations in 129 communities next Saturday. Sales of the new devices and tariffs will start on January 27, 2020.
By 2023 "it is an absolutely realistic goal to cover essential parts of rural areas"said A1 CEO Thomas Arnoldner.
Additional 5G frequencies will be auctioned in Austria in the first half of 2020. The major network operators A1, Magenta and Drei have already auctioned frequencies in the first 5G auction in 2019.
In the spring 2020 auction, the frequencies 700 MHz (6 blocks) and 2,100 MHz (12 blocks) will be awarded first. In the second stage, the frequencies from the 1500 MHz range (8 blocks) are assigned.