A contract for a project to develop broadband infrastructure in the Dubrovnik area, which would provide access to ultra-fast internet for about 11,000 households and 1,200 companies and institutions in the area for the whole of the Dubrovnik region was signed on Monday in Dubrovnik.
It was signed by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and the director of the EU BB Program Development and Implementation Unit at Croatian Telecom, Milan Meden. The City of Dubrovnikin partnership with the municipalities of Konavle, Župa dubrovačka and Dubrovnik Primorje have jointly entered into a 93 million Kuna project to bring ultra-fast internet to the region. And Mayor Franković thanked the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, for the vision and preparation of the project as preconditions for realization.
"Most of the funds will be withdrawn from EU funds, while others will be financed by Croatian Telecom. This will make it easier for the inhabitants of Dubrovnik, Konavle and Zupa Dubrovacka to have faster, better and safer Internet," commented Frankovic.
Dobroslavic recalled that the project for the development of broadband infrastructure in the county began four years ago.
"We have three sub-areas. The first is Dubrovnik with the area from Dubrovnik Primorje to Konavle, the second is Peljesac with the islands, and the third is the Neretva Valley. All three projects are ready for application. The first area has succeeded, and I expect HT will show interest in the other two areas. We care about the whole county being covered and I hope that the state will repeat this contest," explained Dobroslavic.
Meden said the contract stipulated the continuation of broadband infrastructure in southern Croatia.
"Croatia Telecom is one of the largest private investors in infrastructure, comparable to the investment in the Peljesac Bridge with access roads. We have already realized a number of such projects in the Dubrovnik area, because our role is for all citizens to receive the quality of a broadband project," added Meden.
He added that these projects ensure digital transformation, innovation, boosting employment and GDP and utilizing the services of e-Citizen, e-County, SmartParking and the like.
The total value of the project is 93 million Kuna, of which Croatia Telecom will finance 57 million, while the remaining amount will be financed from grants from the European Regional Development Fund. The ultra-fast broadband internet should be operational by December 31, 2023.