At Hrvatski Telekom, we are confident that the opportunities that technology provides for a better life already exist and must be equally accessible to everyone in Croatia, no matter where they are. With last year's investment in digital infrastructure amounting to 1.826 billion kunas, we directly influenced the opening of 9582 new jobs and a 0.62% increase in GDP. This proves that digitalization of Croatia and connecting all citizens with modern technologies are necessary for Croatia's economic and social progress today and in the future. That is precisely why, given our status and responsibility as the largest private investor in Croatia, we will digitalize Croatia, connect everyone with the opportunities provided today by the technological revolution, all in order to create a better future for all of us.
In collaboration with scientists from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, we conducted a scientifically based research on a sample of approximately 5,700 adult citizens under the age of 50. The research has shown a strong link between the existence of opportunities for a decent life with quality access to technology and the level of digital literacy. The research also shows how access to the latest technologies makes a significant contribution to staying at the current place of residence: two-thirds of those who positively and very positively assessed access to the latest technologies intend to stay in their environments. Likewise, around 60% of respondents who positively and very positively assess the speed of the internet are not intending to move.
The research has identified technology as a key determinant of four very important issues that define the potential for Croatia's development. These are the assessment of the perspective of the rural areas of Croatia, the issue of youth education for the use of modern technology and competence for future jobs, the question of technological competitiveness of the domestic economy and the question of involvement of older people in all the opportunities that technology can provide to them in order to simplify their life and make them better.
“We live in exciting times. Technology is changing the way we live and work, increasing business opportunities, helping us connect with friends and keeping us in touch with what's going on. Yet even today, not everyone can experience these opportunities. I think that more needs to be and can be done to build a society in which no-one is lagging behind. At Hrvatski Telekom we want to be the driver of positive changes, bringing the benefits of the latest technology to everyone so they can make the most of their lives”, said Kostas Nebis, CEO at Hrvatski Telekom.
Although today local and foreign eminent experts strongly promote the opportunities brought by technology development and their impact on the prosperity of society, there is plenty of room for progress. That is why we have launched the new platform Iz svijeta boljih mogućnosti, through which we will share with all citizens the information on the latest technological trends and achievements and inform them of opportunities realized thanks to our new technology. The protagonists of the page Iz svijeta boljih mogućnosti will educate society through inspirational stories about concrete technologies that have helped them to start new jobs, raise the quality of life, healthier life or learning, and we believe that such examples will encourage others to take advantage of all the opportunities brought by the future and new technologies.