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What's the definition of broadband?

What do we consider broadband? 128kBit/sec? 1 MBit? 16 MBit down/1MBit up? Symmetric/asymmettric bandwidth?

What's the current market situation in Austria/Italy/Slovenia/...?

Austria

geizhals.at has a nice tool to compare broadband offerings: http://geizhals.at/isp/

Wired service

  • DSL: On the countryside, we have Telekom Austria (TA) and resellers providing ADSL service. ADSL doesn't cover all areas due to the pyhsical limitations (cable length <= 4,5km). Bandwidth achievable with ADSL2+[1] is up to 20:3 MBit/s (down:up), however not for the entire coverage area. Current service is available up to 16:1 MBit/s flat exclusive for EUR 49,90/month. In areas with higher population density we also have telecoms "unbundling" the copper wires from TA, but the pricing is similar to the offerings on the countryside.
DSL offerings in Austria
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
Telekom Austria aon speed 16:1 unlimited 49,90/month* http://www.aon.at/
Tele 2 DSL Extreme 20:1 unlimited 49,90/month http://www.tele2.at/
UPC (inode) xDSL privat 16:1 unlimited 75,-/month http://www.upc.at/
Happynet xDSL privat 20:1 unlimited 107,40/month http://www.happynet.info/
Iplace POWER DSL 22:1 unlimited 49,50/month http://www.iplace.at/
* Does not include basic fee for telephony service, from 15,98/month
  • CATV: UPC and other smaller operators provide triple play over HFC (hybrid fiber coax) according to the DOCSIS 2.0 specification.[2] Bandwidth available commercially is 25:2 MBit/s flat shared for EUR 69,-/month.
HFC offerings in Austria
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
UPC chello plus 25:2 unlimited 69/month* http://www.upc.at/
Kabelsignal kabelNET select 25:3 unlimited 109/month http://www.kabsi.at/
Vorarlberg Online HighSpeed Cable Profi 22:1 unlimited 49,90/month http://highspeed.vol.at/
Liwest Internet 24SPEED XXL 30:3 60 GB* 69,-/month http://www.liwest.at/
* Due to the physical characteristics of the medium, bandwidth is shared with other customers.

** After exceeding the included volume, bandwidth is limited to 20:3 until the end of the billing period.

  • Powerline
    • Linz AG is experimenting with Powerline technology. There were heated discussions because of the shortwave pollution caused by powerline. The maximum bandwidth sold commercially is 768:375 kBit/sec, so this product doesn't seem very competitive.
  • FTTH
    • Citycom, a subsidiary of Grazer Stadtwerke, is offering triple-play via fibre.[3]
    • IKB provides FTTH services in Innsbruck [6]
    • TA is running a public private partnership pilot in Arnoldstein (Carinthia).[4].
    • The people of [Blons] have done it themselves - they formed an [association] that deploys FTTH to ~40 households. FTTH deployment in Austria is far behind our neighbour Slovenia, let alone Scandinavia or Japan.
FTTH offerings in Austria
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
Citycom 24e-internet 12:1 unlimited 29/month http://www.24e.at/
Citycom 24e-internet 24:1 unlimited 49/month http://www.24e.at/
IKB 6:6 [email protected] 29,90/month http://www.ikb.at/
IKB 10:10 [email protected] 39,90/month http://www.ikb.at/
IKB 20:20 [email protected] 49,90/month http://www.ikb.at/

Wireless service

HSxPA

In 2007, there was a big hype about "wireless broadband" in Austria. HSDPA bandwidth was advertised as "up to 7,2 MBit/sec", in practice the limit is at around 1MBit/sec downstream. HSDPA service is available for ~EUR 15-20/month with a 3GB volume limit.


HSxPA offerings in Austria
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised)* Volume included Price € URL
A1 Mobiles Breitband 7,2:0,384 5 GB 30,-/month http://www.a1.net/
Hutchison 3G 3Data 7,2:0,384 15 GB 24,-/month http://www.drei.at/
T-Mobile Austria FAIRCLICK 7,2:0,384 10 GB 25,-/month http://www.t-mobile.at/
one hui 7,2:0,384 3 GB 20,-/month http://www.one.at/
tele.ring WILLI 7,2:0,384 3 GB 20,-/month http://www.telering.at/
yesss Diskont Surfen 7,2:0,384 1 GB 20,-/1GB (prepaid) http://www.yesss.at/
* Due to the physical characteristics of the medium, bandwidth is shared with other customers and limited by other factors like distance from base station, interference, ...

WLAN

Public WLAN hotspots exist in Austria, but the density is rather low compared to other European countries. Free service in Cafés etc. is provided by companies like [Freewave]. Commercial service is provided by A1, T-Mobile and very few others, for ~EUR 24,-/day. The pricing is so unattractive that it's interesting for business travelers, but definitely not for the masses.

WiMax

WiMax licenses have been assigned in Austria, service is available in Vorarlberg and Burgenland. Intended for covering large rural areas, the licenses in Austria mostly went to the "usual suspects" who do not have a big incentive competing with their wired services...[5] The penalties for not providing service are ridiculously low.

Italy

Wired service

DSL offerings in Italy
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
Fastweb NavigaSenzaLimiti 20:1 unlimited 19,90/month http://www.fastweb.it/offerta/famiglia/internet/fibra-ottica-adsl-flat/
Fastweb NavigaSenzaLimiti 20:1 30hrs/month 9,90/month http://www.fastweb.it/offerta/famiglia/internet/fibra-ottica-adsl-flat/
FTTH offerings in Italy
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
Fastweb NavigaSenzaLimiti 10:10 unlimited 19,90/month http://www.fastweb.it/offerta/famiglia/internet/fibra-ottica-adsl-flat/
Fastweb NavigaSenzaLimiti 10:10 30h/month 9,90/month http://www.fastweb.it/offerta/famiglia/internet/fibra-ottica-adsl-flat/

Wireless service

HSxPA

HSxPA offerings in Italy
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised)* Volume included Price € URL
Vodafone 190 7,2:0,384 100h 30,-/month http://www.vodafone.it/
Hutchison 3G Naviga3 7,2:0,384 1,5 GB* 9,-/month http://www.drei.at/
* 50MB/day, 30 days


Slovenia

Wired service

DSL offerings in Slovenia
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
T-2 VDSL 5:5 unlimited 26/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65010D3A938010BC6
T-2 VDSL 10:1 unlimited 21/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65010D3A938010BC6
T-2 VDSL 60:25 unlimited 70/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65010D3A938010BC6


FTTH offerings in Slovenia
Operator Product Bandwidth MBit/sec (advertised) Volume included Price € URL
T-2 FTTH 10:10 unlimited 14/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65011E194120110C6
T-2 FTTH 20:20 unlimited 28/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65011E194120110C6
T-2 FTTH 50:50 unlimited 50/month http://www.t-2.net/?AUID=4DE65011E194120110C6


Why do we need more symmetric bandwidth?

  • Improve competitiveness of Austria/Italy/Slovenia as business location
  • Free WiFi hotspots in hotels/hostels are an incentive for both business travelers and tourists
  • Intelligence has moved to the edge of the network, but the bandwidths available havent' kept pace with bandwidths needed for effectively using new technologies like P2P.

How can we create incentives for high-bandwidth last-mile deployments like FTTH?

  • Adapt the "Wohnbauförderung" (housing subsidy): When isolating existing buildings and installing fire alarm systems, deploy cable ducts for FTTH.
  • Create a regulatory framework that will split infrastructure and services: Different service providers over one fibre...
  • Rural areas: Tap the huge EU funds available for regional development projects.

Literature

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITU_G.992.5

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS

[3] http://www.24e.at/

[4] http://www.telekom.at/Content.Node/innovation/glasfaser-arnoldstein.php

[5] http://futurezone.orf.at/it/stories/186360/

[6] http://www2.ikb.at/geschaeftsbereich/telekommunikation/tarife_preise/index.php

Disclaimer

The products and services mentioned on this page were researched via the websites of the respective operators in Feb and March 2008. I do not claim that the list of operators is complete :-). I have tried to focus on the "top notch" products which might not be available in all areas due to physical limitations of the transmission media. Please contact me in case of mistakes and/or edit yourself... this is a Wiki.