A1 Austria to start 5G network on 25 January

A1 invests around EUR 450 million annually in the expansion of Austria's digital infrastructure * 5G is key technology for the digitization of rural areas and Austria as a business location

Austrian operator A1 announced that it will start to operate its 5G network in 129 municipalities on 25 January. The company will provide 5G connections in 350 locations nationwide.

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The sale of new devices in combination with 5G tariffs will begin on 27 January. A1 invests around 450 million euros in Austria’s digital infrastructure every year.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: “We aim to make Austria one of the leading digital nations in Europe. This requires nationwide broadband coverage across Austria. We want rural areas in particular to benefit from this development. “

A1 Telekom Austria Group CEO Thomas Arnoldner: “ 5G is the basis of Austria’s future digitalization and will open up unimagined opportunities for new services and applications. As A1, we were able to secure the best frequency equipment at the first 5G auction in 2019. In combination with our fiber optic network, this now results in the largest 5Giganetz. We see ourselves as drivers and companions of digitization, we set the pace and thus support industry, business and private individuals alike. “

Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger: “High-performance broadband and 5G networks are the freight routes of the 21st century. It is also about equal opportunities between city and country, 5G in particular will do a lot to enable us to bring fast internet to rural areas. “

Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck: “ Digitization should serve as a motor for society, economy and administration. A good infrastructure is the basis for this, applications fill digitization with life. Our task is to take everyone along with us – citizens, small and medium-sized companies as well as lead companies and public administration. “

A1 Austria CEO Marcus Grausam:“With our investments in the location and the 5Giganetz, we are laying the next foundation stone for the digital future of the country. On the basis of the largest fiber optic network, we are starting the 5G network from A1 with 350 broadcasting locations throughout Austria, and the number is increasing almost every day. With 5G, smart technology, innovative products and services with real added value can be developed and digital potentials can be successfully implemented in business.

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