In January 2012, the penetration rate of fixed broadband is 26.4% of the population. Austria presents the fastest penetration growth rate in the EU.
Austria has 26.4% of fixed lines providing speeds of 10 Mbps and above, 1.7% of lines providing speeds between 30Mbps and below 100Mbps and 0.9% of fixed lines providing speeds equal or above 100 Mbps. Most of broadband lines in Austria are in the range of 2Mbps and below 10Mbps (71.2%), 27.8 p.p. above the EU average rate of 43.4% of lines in this speed range. Austrian mobile broadband penetration is 40.1%.
In 2011, 76% of the population use the internet regularly above the EU average of 68%. 18% of citizens have never used the internet. Take-up of eCommerce is slightly above average, with 44% of the population buying online. In 2012 41% of businesses purchased online, and 11% sold online.
The take-up of online public services for citizens in Austria has stalled at 51%. On the converse usage of eGovernment services by enterprises greatly increases from 75% to 93%.
The share of ICT in total BERD is at just above 10%, and public support for ICT R&D was around 11% of total public funding for R&D.