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February 1, 2023

Ro-Net project: 85.6 million euros to get Internet broadband

The European Commission has approved the financial contribution to Ro-Net, a project worth 85.6 million euros to get Internet broadband to 783 localities identified as ‘white spots’, the Ministry for the Information Society (MSI) announced in a media release on Tuesday.
According to the MSI, the project aims at ‘building a national broadband Internet infrastructure in disadvantaged areas, by using structural funds,’ as a part of the Increase of Economic Competitiveness operational programme for assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Romania’s ‘convergence’ goal.’ It would promote economic growth and job creation in the target localities.
This is a major project on Priority axis 3 ‘IT&C technology for the private and public sectors’, amounting to 85,622.190.6 euros, VAT included; the European grant for it is 57,104,477 euros.
The ministry estimates that Ro-Net will contribute in closing the gap between rural and urban areas, bringing broadband Internet closer to 130,000 households with 400,000 members, plus 8,500 enterprises and 2,800 public institutions by building a new distribution network of approximately 3,256 kilometres.
The completion of the project will result in roughly 99.2 percent of Romanians having access to broadband Internet.
Telekom Romania is to develop over the next two years the infrastructure of the distribution networks for high-speed connections in rural areas currently not covered by these services.
MSI has subcontracted the works to the former Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania companies, now Telekom Romania, for 18 years. Over this period, the new entity will provide the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure, which will remain public property and will be available on a wholesale level for any operator interested in offering broadband Internet services to end users.

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