Ten state entities, OiV onboard national fibre project; management agreement by end-July

10 Jun 2013

Croatian publicly-owned transmission company Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV) is expected to sign agreements with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and nine state-owned companies on the management of their combined fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of July 2013, according to Darko Paric, the Assistant Minister for Administration for e-Croatia (digital society). The combined fibre networks under management of OiV will span 8,400km, with a value of HRK1.4 billion (USD245 million), the official was quoted as saying in a report in Croatian newspaper Jutarnji. The public companies include road, rail and other infrastructure providers. Additional investment is proposed to extend high speed fibre connectivity to unserved areas, including certain Croatian islands. Overall, projects requiring investment of HRK4.5 billion have been suggested, to be funded from a variety of sources, although the funding has yet to be finalised. Alexander Golub, who is assuming a management role in the OiV wholesale network venture, explained that further projects for developing the existing national fibre infrastructure will be backed by European Union funds, adding that OiV does not intend to be a competitor to existing telecoms operators.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Croatia’s transport and infrastructure minister Sinisa Hajdas Doncic on 9 January 2013 announced the launch of a government initiative under which public companies are pooling existing fibre-optic transmission network assets with the potential to cover ‘75% of the country’ with high speed services. The announcement followed the previous month’s publishing of proposals to enlist OiV to manage the combined wholesale fibre capacity, most of which is currently under-utilised. On 11 April 2013 the Croatian government adopted a decision formally selecting OiV to coordinate the shared fibre programme in tandem with state agencies. OiV will report to the transport and infrastructure ministry as well as the Committee for Coordination for public sector ICT, to monitor project implementation.