A1 Telekom Austria Group, Invitech Expand Vienna-Budapest Infohighway


Albert Kis

Hungary’s Invitech, now owned by 4iG, and the international business division of the A1 Telekom Austria Group say they have created a faster, safer, and higher capacity fiber optic connection with built-in redundancy between Vienna and Budapest.

The two firms say the new backbone network on this route provides “the shortest and safest connection between Western and Eastern Central Europe,” enabling a higher level of service for Invitech’s wholesale customers and potentially expanding the customer base.

The successful development was a joint network upgrade project by two of the region’s leading carrier service and ICT providers. Two “fully diverse routes” were implemented to guarantee the safest connectivity between the capitals.

With the joint fiber optic connection, A1 Telekom Austria Group has expanded its already extensive network across Europe. With points of presence or PoPs (an artificial demarcation point or network interface point between communicating entities) in 47 countries, A1 Group is one of the largest providers.

The companies say the new link includes interconnections of Ethernet, VPN, Wavelength, and IPT services, allowing a speedier service and also maximizing data traffic.

”Our award-winning services and products are based on our pan-European A1 Telekom Austria Group backbone, the infrastructure of our subsidiaries in seven countries in CEE, and various established partnerships with other telecommunications providers,” comments Judit Albers, director of international business at A1.

“A continuous expansion of our backbone is an absolute necessity. Only top infrastructure leads to more services and results in the satisfaction and loyalty of our customers,” Albers adds.

Long-standing Partnership

The project represents the extension of a long-standing partnership between the international business team of A1 Group and Invitech, a dominant integrated telco and IT provider player in the Hungarian market.

This new route ensures the shortest and most secure connection on this segment between Western Europe and CEE.

“We are proud that through this new, high capacity, duct-based fiber network, Invitech can further improve the quality of services provided to our customers and that we are able to offer a unique solution for future transit needs in the region,” says Albert Kis, chief operating officer for infrastructure and carrier services at Invitech.

“I strongly believe that our long-term presence as a trusted own network service provider on the Hungarian market, and the cooperation with

A1 Telekom Austria Group, make us the primary option for regional needs and guarantees the highest customer experience,” Kis adds.

Invitech has more than 11,000 km of what it calls a “highly secured network,” mainly along the principal railway lines of Hungary, with 11 cross-border connections to neighboring countries. The firm guarantees seamless fiber transit routing options across Hungary and offers more than 3,500 sqm of data center capacity, part of it with TIER-III certification.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of November 7, 2022.

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