Slovakia to launch EUR 213mn tender for fibre optic network in white spot areas.

By bne IntelliNews January 9, 2013
The Slovak agency for networks and electronic communications services (NASES) plans to launch in February a tender, estimated at EUR 213mn, for the construction of fibre optic networks in locations, which still have no or only Wi-Fi internet access, Hospodarske Noviny reported. Construction of fibre optic networks in small villages is economically unviable for commercial operators, but Slovakia has committed to bring fast-speed broadband Internet across the whole country, NASES head Ivan Istvanffy was quoted as saying. The government is relying on funds from the EU's Operational Programme Information Society (OPIS) to be allocated within the new programming period starting in 2014 to complete the project. The winner of the tender will roll on about 4,000km of fibre optic cables. The network will be owned by NASES, which will lease it to Internet providers. The implementation of the project should be completed by 2018.

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