T-HT’s fibre broadband campaign full-blooded at last

9 Apr 2013

Croatian incumbent T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) has introduced three new consumer fibre-optic broadband internet packages with speeds (download/upload) of 50Mbps/15Mbps, 30Mbps/10Mbps and 20Mbps/5Mbps. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database observes that T-HT previously put a full-blooded direct fibre rollout on hold while it lodged objections to regulator HAKOM’s impositions of wholesale regulation on its fibre access network. Nonetheless, during 2011/2012 it said it was focused on deployment of FTTH on top of its existing fibre-to-the-area (FTTA, similar to fibre-to-the-node [FTTN]) footprint in order to increase the return on investment. Following a court ruling in April 2012 upholding HAKOM’s wholesale broadband access framework for T-HT’s networks – including the application of similar terms and conditions of access to its fibre infrastructure as the existing copper wire network – the incumbent had little choice but to continue with its fibre network development under the watchdog’s terms.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom (HT)