Next year Macedonia is to get a nationwide Wi-Fi access network which, at more than 1,000 square miles, is expected to be the largest of its kind in the world. Less than 10% of the Macedonian population currently have access to the internet, not least due to the disproportionately high access charges levied by fixed line incumbent Makedonski Telekomunikacii (MT). In a bid to increase internet access in the former Yugoslav Republic, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted local ISP On.net to oversee the build-out of a nationwide internet network. On.net has chosen Strix Systems to deploy its Access/One wireless broadband equipment in 40 municipalities, which will make services available to at least 90% of the population. The network is due to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2006.