The Latvian State Radio and Television Centre obtained EU funding in order to bring broadband connectivity to rural areas in Latvia where there was no commercial interest in investing. A passive middle mile backbone network was built, bringing fibre access to a total of 150,000 properties. The project was 85% funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and was a finalist in the 2018 European Broadband Awards.

Title over aerial view of Latvian countryside: EU funds broadband access for underserved citizens in rural Latvia

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In this video, Jānis Bokta, Chief Executive Officer at the Latvian State Radio and Television Centre, introduces the project. Find out more in the project’s factsheet in the European Commission’s database of broadband projects demonstrating good practices.

This video is part of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network’s programme promoting awareness of good practices in broadband projects as well as EU broadband funding and policy. The programme includes a series of videosarticles and publications accessible through the BCO Network portal.

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Next Generation Network for rural areas | Latvia
Project coordinator
Latvia State Radio and Television Centre