In this video interview, Mr. Gytis Liaugminas, Director of Plačiajuostis internetas, explains that the demand for high-speed broadband connectivity is so high in Lithuania’s rural areas that it was one of the challenges of the project, with over 1500 applications made for connections. In order to meet this demand, a second phase and further expansion of the network, PRIP-2, was already underway during the roll-out of this project.
The project succeeded in connecting 443 rural activity centres and agricultural objects via 486 km of fibre optic cable. The PRIP network is an extension of Lithuania’s previous two national broadband networks, RAIN and RAIN-2, and, at the time of interview, already hosted 14 operators and ran at 85% capacity.
Good cooperation with national and local institutions, municipalities and rural communities was key to the project’s success.
PRIP was a finalist in the 2016 European Broadband Awards and is featured in the European Commission’s broadband good practices directory.
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- European Commission vision and policy relating to broadband
- EU funding for broadband
- Technical assistance for broadband
- The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
- The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)
- The European Network of Broadband Competence Offices, through which Member States and regions exchange good practices and build their capacity to bring high-speed broadband to all citizens, with a particular focus on rural and remote areas
- Video series on broadband in the EU: interviews on good practices in broadband projects, EU funding and policy, and more
- The European Broadband Awards