Telekom Austria has signed up Alcatel-Lucent to supply a range of fixed-line broadband technologies in its home market.
A1, the operator’s brand in Austria, will deploy G.Fast, having tested the tech over the past two years.
It is set to launch the new service next year.
A1 has also agreed to use A-L’s new Vplus solution, which offers higher bitrates than vectoring tech and longer distances than G.fast, and was made commercially available in October this year.
According to a statement by the two companies, part of the reason for the deal is the need to meet Austria’s national broadband initiative goal of connecting 99 percent of homes at 100 MBps.
They said half of Austria’s population has access to such speeds currently.
The contract also includes the provision of tech to converge A1’s IP and optical networks.
The announcement comes in a week when Vodafone has hit out at incumbents for their continuing dependence of FTTC tech, such as G.Fast.
Telekom Austria claimed the deal with A-L would “accelerate” the deployment of FTTH.
Thomas Arnoldner, Country Senior Officer of Alcatel-Lucent in Austria said: “The A1 deployment of G.fast and Vplus is a prime example of how operators will continue to leverage a mix of next generation DSL technologies to meet their strategic goals in the most effective and efficient way.”
The France-based vendor is awaiting its takeover by rival Nokia, which is set to complete early next year.