NASES passive fibre broadband project to address rural digital divide

10 Jan 2013

Slovakia’s National Agency for Network and Electronic Services (NASES) has published prior notification of a tender for prospective operators to deploy passive high speed fibre-optic network infrastructure in areas with little or no broadband connectivity, under a total project budget of EUR213 million (USD278 million) to be partly funded by the European Union (EU). The project aims have been set in accordance with the timetable approved by the European Commission, under which the design and engineering services plan should be completed in 2014 and construction work for new broadband access networks to be finished by 2018.

The project must fulfill parameters of the Operational Programme Information Society (OPIS) and EU 2020 Strategy. In particular its targets include:

-expanding next generation high speed access networks, focusing on the areas that suffer from a lack of private investment;

-addressing the specific needs and disadvantage in rural areas;

-identifying measures to reduce costs and facilitate private investment through synergies in the construction and joint investment in other infrastructure, e.g. transport, energy and water supply networks; joint implementation and usage of existing infrastructure; streamlining the procedure for granting rights of way;

-stimulating the use of ICT applications and services, especially in remote rural areas, which will facilitate the EU 2020 objectives.

NASES’ main day-to-day role is the management, operation and development of public sector data network services including the Slovak government’s GOVNET data network, as well as development of public administration electronic services accessed via a central portal.

The new optical fibre project tender is expected to be launched next month. Further details of the project can be found at this page on the Slovak public procurement office website: https://www.uvo.gov.sk/evestnik/-/vestnik/189650.

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