HAKOM awards three companies broadband subsidies; VIPnet rumoured eying H1 Telekom

21 Jun 2013

The Croatian Agency for Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM) has awarded additional grants to three companies to deploy broadband internet access networks in areas of special state concern, mountainous areas and islands, after receiving proposals from four bidders. State aid amounting to HRK15 million (USD2.68 million) was allocated to T-Hrvatski Telekom (in Pozega-Slavonia and Split-Dalmatia counties), VIPnet (for users in Sibenik-Knin, Vukovar-Sirmium and Zadar) and Pro-Ping (in Viroviticko-Podravska). The tender follows a previous allocation of HRK14.5 million broadband subsidies to T-Hrvatski Telekom (in Lika-Senj, Osijek-Baranja and Primorsko-Gorski Kotar counties) and H1 Telekom (Karlovac county) reported by CommsUpdate in September 2012, while the regulator plans to launch a third tender for the granting of aid for targeted areas which have not been selected for rollouts in the first two rounds.

Elsewhere, it was reported in local media that mobile, broadband, fixed line and pay-TV operator VIPnet, part of the Telekom Austria group, is rumoured to be looking at the possibility of acquiring alternative broadband network operator H1 Telekom.