Hrvatski Telekom, the frontrunner of Croatia’s digitalization, has started building fiber optic infrastructure in the towns of Rovinj-Rovigno and Vodnjan-Dignano and municipalities of Bale-Valle, Kanfanar, Svetvinčenat, and Žminj. This will provide almost 7,138 “white” addresses in this area with fast (+40 Mbit/s) and ultra-fast (+100 Mbit/s symmetrical) broadband internet access.
It is one of 13 projects under which Hrvatski Telekom will build a fiber optic network that provides speeds of at least 100 Mbit/s by the end of 2023 for almost 150 thousand new users in cities, municipalities, suburban, and rural parts of Croatia.
The project is implemented in line with the structural rules of the Framework National Program for the Development of Broadband Access Infrastructure in areas with insufficient commercial interest for investment. The fiber infrastructure construction project's total value in this area is over EUR 10.3 million. Hrvatski Telekom will invest more than EUR 6.3 million in this project, while the remaining amount, around EUR 4 million, will be co-financed by the European Union from the European Fund for Regional Development within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion.
This project will improve the use of digital services such as e-Citizens, e-schools, e-health, and high-speed and internet availability will contribute to the further development of entrepreneurship and economy.
"Hrvatski Telekom, the largest private investor in the digitalization of Croatia, with average annual investments of more than one and a half billion kunas, continuously works to increase the availability of its services and connects everyone in Croatia with the opportunities offered by digitalization. By investing in this project, we provide residents of the towns of Rovinj-Rovigno and Vodnjan-Dignano and municipalities of Bale-Valle, Kanfanar, Svetvinčenat, and Žminj with fast and high-quality internet access, which will ultimately increase the quality of life of the local population. The economic effects of this investment cycle are extremely significant since the increase in internet speed in local government units in Croatia leads to the establishment of new companies, the creation of new jobs, and an increase in the efficiency of public and private services", said Milan Meden, Director of the Access Network Implementation and Operations Sector at Hrvatski Telekom.
The Next Generation Access - NGA network that Hrvatski Telekom will build as part of this project will be open, which means that all other operators and electronic communications service providers will have open access to the networks and, just like HT, will be able to offer their retail broadband services to end users in the area which the project includes.
"I wholeheartedly welcome and support this project, which will further improve and advance the quality of life and work of our citizens and businesses. Thanks to the broadband infrastructure project, 90% of households, public users, and companies in our area will have access to a fast internet connection. This means that over 6 thousand households will be supplied with a fast optical network, which will thus be available to around 8,000 users. Broadband service connects businesses and individuals to the global marketplace, increases productivity, and improves how many public services are delivered. Broadband access allows for a more flexible way of life and remote employment. For communities, it is a critical part of the infrastructure for attracting new capital investments", said the mayor of Rovinj-Rovigno, Marko Paliaga, Ph.D.
The fact that Hrvatski Telekom was selected for these projects proves that the company is recognized as a reliable technological partner and the best contractor to realize such demanding projects. As part of this project, the next-generation network will come to parts of the country where it does not exist, thus enabling all residents in those areas to use modern technology to create a better future. Hrvatski Telekom remains committed to its investment plans because investments in the infrastructure we are building are key to a new cycle of economic growth and broader societal development, and the digitalization of all parts of Croatia is a fundamental part of Hrvatski Telekom's social purpose.
*Residents from the area covered by the Project interested in having a connection on their building can contact the e-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org