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Programme for Internet and Broadband Development in Areas of Special State Concern, Hilly and Mountainous Areas and Islands is aiming to provide the broadband connection with the predefined speeds and regardless of technology.
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Basic information

Name

Program for Internet and Broadband Development in Areas of Special State Concern, Hilly and Mountainous Areas and Islands

Place

Hilly and mountainous areas and islands of Croatia

 

Croatia Best Practice Example

Duration of the project

1st of September 2011 up to 31st  of August 2016

Number of households supplied

In three rounds of public tendering, 231 schools, health institutions and voluntary fire brigades were supplied with broadband.

Technology

xDSL, fiber, 3G, LTE, microwave

Performance

  • Within the first 6 months: 2 Mbps
  • until the end of the project: 30+ Mbps

Building up Organisation

The National Regulatory Agency HAKOM is leading the project. The project is based on public tendering for certain areas (county - NUTS3). The chosen supplier has to enable targeted users with broadband connection with predefined speeds regardless of technology. Until now, three rounds of public tendering were finished and the fourth is under way.

Service Provider

Hrvatski Telekom d.d., VIPnet d.o.o., H1 Telekom d.d., Pro-Ping d.o.o.

Total Costs

Total budget is 50 Mio Kuna. In three rounds of tender 33 Mio Kuna were awarded to suppliers for building broadband infrastructure.

Financing

National funding

Background information

Unique characteristic

  • Broadband access for all unconnected elementary and secondary schools, healthcare institutions and voluntary fire brigades.
  • Increasing density of broadband access in the target area by connecting local population to broadband access.

Successes

  • Supporting a balanced regional development of information and communication technology
  • Supporting the development of rural areas, particularly remote and less populated areas
  • Permitting the inclusion of (at least a part of) population of these areas into information society
  • Support the development of education, health, agriculture and tourism in the areas in question  
  • Promote a more dynamic development of free, neutral competition in all elements of the broadband ecosystem

Review

  • To provide internet connection for elementary and secondary schools, healthcare institutions and voluntary fire brigades in areas of special state concern, in highland areas and on islands
  • Increasing density of broadband access in the target area by connecting local population to broadband access

Rationale

  • More balanced regional development
  • Faster growth of internet use and broadband internet access in economically inefficient areas
  • Contribution to overall regional development and more dynamic economy
  • Improvement of the educational and healthcare system in the targeted areas

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