Croatian operator Hrvatski Telecom has started the implementation of the modern optical infrastructure in the area of the City of Krapina and five municipalities.
With this, more than 10,000 user units will be able to use ultra-fast optical internet at speeds over 100 Mbit/s, said a press release from the largest private investor in digitalisation in Croatia.
According to the release, at the end of 2020, Hrvatski Telekom launched a procurement procedure for the design and construction of an optical network for these areas, and the selection of the most economically advantageous contractor is expected in June this year at the latest. This is an investment worth HRK 59.42 million ( USD 9.48m), a part of which is co-financed from European Union funds.
"Hrvatski Telekom continues to invest in optical infrastructure even in these challenging times, and I am glad that fast and high-quality Internet access will enable the entire community of Krapina and the municipalities of Đurmanec, Jesenje, Petrovsko, and Radoboj to increase economic activity and quality of life, " said Milan Meden, Director of the Sector for Implementation and Operations in the Access Network at Hrvatski Telekom.
With the selected contractor, Hrvatski Telekom will complete the design of the optical network this year, and the beginning of the implementation itself is expected in 2022, it added.
"Parts of the optical network will be put into operation successively, as they are built, and the entire optical network in this area will be put into operation by the end of 2023 at the latest," said the release.
The introduction of optics will contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and the tourist offer and enable the unhindered use of advanced and innovative digital products and services, claimed the release.