The total value of the investment in the area of Ivanić Grad, Dugo Selo and the municipalities of Brckovljani, Kloštar Ivanić and Križ amounts to HRK 77.3 million. The works will be completed by the end of October next year, which will give 17,979 users of this area access to the most advanced digital technologies. In addition, A1 Hrvatska will invest its own funds in those parts of the cities of Ivanić Grad and Dugo Selo, which are shown as so-called. gray areas and did not enter into co-financing from EU funds, which means that in the next two years these cities will be fully covered with new generation networks.
The construction of infrastructure has also started in the area of the city of Kaštela and in several interconnected local government units of the Split-Dalmatia County, including Trogir, part of Split, the municipalities of Lećevica, Marina, Okrug, Prgomet, Primorski Dolac and Seget. The total investment amounts to HRK 113.5 million, covering 23,837 users. The investment in the city of Solin amounts to HRK 15.7 million, covers 2,904 square meters, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
By investing in the most modern network infrastructure, prerequisites are created for the development of small and medium-sized businesses, OPGs, but also large industries that today, without a stable optical Internet, cannot be digitized and thus cannot develop. During the COVID crisis, we saw the importance of reliable and robust networks in reducing the digital divide and sustaining the growing demand for data. By the end of this year, we expect that Solin will be fully covered, and it will also be the first Croatian city whose infrastructure network was built with the help of EU funds. I would also like to thank all our partners, the cities of Ivanić-Grad, Kaštela and Solin, as well as other representatives of cities and municipalities who supported us in building the most modern telecommunications infrastructure and digitalizing society. – said Vladimir Skender, director for development and management of the optical and 5G network.
The Broadband Internet Access Infrastructure Development Project in the cities of Ivanić-Grad, Kaštela and Solin and local municipalities was co-financed by 45 percent from the European Fund for Regional Development based on the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program 2014-2020, as part of the Call for Building Next Generation Networks (NGN )/next generation access networks (NGA) in NGA white areas’.
The project follows the goals of the Digital Agenda, i.e. creating a safe and open digital environment with better access to digital services and increasing the competitiveness of local companies on the European market. In particular, the implementation of this project will improve the user experience and enable the smooth use of advanced and innovative digital products necessary for the development of modern society, education and work. In addition to increasing the competitiveness of the local economy, the quality of digital services, in addition to accommodation and gastronomy, has a great impact on the tourist offer of the local area.
In addition to this investment, A1 Croatia continues to build a 5G mobile network, and in the fixed segment they have exceeded 600,000 households with the largest optical network in Croatia. In the next two years, the goal is to cover more than 60 percent of households in the whole of Croatia. This concretely means that almost 2 out of 3 households will have access to the A1 gigabit optical network as the basis of the digital society and economy and Croatia’s progress according to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI).