Mr. Kneisz states that the principal aim of the project was first of all to cover areas where there are market failures, and either poor or no service is available. He explains that, in order to prepare the project, BCO Hungary undertook a mapping exercise to identify these areas, and gave thought as to how to create interest for service providers there, especially in areas where the economy is not strong.
Mr. Kneisz comments that, for this project, fibre optic access infrastructure (FTTx) was the most advantageous technology choice, although all kinds of Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies were used.
Roll-out of Superfast Internet Programme
The Superfast Internet Programme will provide NGA connections to over 400 000 households. The largest such project to take place in Hungary to-date, it required EUR 221 million, and was 80% funded by the European Union via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Roll-out is underway, and citizens are already experiencing the difference. Csaba Hortobágyi, a business owner who depends on the internet to meet his customers’ needs, stated:
“Superfast internet allowed me to enter the market with the same conditions as my competitors in the cities”
Find out more about:
- The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
- The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) open data platform
- The Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network
- Good practices in broadband projects – video interview series
Contact your national Broadband Competence Office (BCO) using the BCO Network Directory for information on how they can support your broadband project.