Subsidy for telephone charges
Upon the amendment to the Federal Ministries Act 1986 on 29 January 2020 the competences of telecommunication have been transferred to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.
Amendment to Telecommunications Act
At the request of Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, the draft federal law amending the Telecommunications Act of 2003 was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 30 June 2020. The aim is to provide more planning security for companies and thus more investment power in the expansion of the telecommunications infrastructure.
Registration of mobile phone prepaid card
With the mandatory registration of prepaid cards (so-called prepaid SIM cards), which came into force on 1 January 2019, an ordinance (Identification Ordinance) was implemented in Austria as part of the Federal Government's security package. From now on, customers have to identify themselves personally with the respective mobile communications provider when purchasing a new prepaid SIM card, as has already been the case with contract rates.
Telecommunications Market in Austria
History - Until 1 May 1996, the Austrian telecommunications service was part of the federal administration; it belonged to the Postal and Telegraph Administration (PTV), which was under the authority of the Ministry for Transport. On 1 May 1996, the PTV was separated from the federal administration and converted into a joint-stock company (AG) under the name Post und Telekom Austria AG.
Austria and the European Union
The telecommunications industry is playing an increasingly crucial role in economic and social development. The availability of a good and affordable telecommunications infrastructure and, associated with this, a widening range of telecommunications services and applications at internationally competitive prices are decisive corporate location factors.
National Roadmap 700 MHz frequency band
According to Article 5 of Decision (EU) 2017/899 of the European Parliament and of the Council.