Infrastructure has been completed in 99 of the 783 localities included in the Ro-Net project, and the remainder will be completed by 31 December, Horatiu Anghelescu, secretary of state within the Communications Ministry, stated at a special conference.
“At this moment we have 99 localities delivered, as part of the Ro-Net project, since 31 December 2015. Likewise, there are around 400 construction permits obtained at this moment. The rest of the permits, for a total of 783 localities, are pending. The completion deadline for Phase II of the Ro-Net project is the end of this year and we hope that along with our colleagues from ANCOM and Telekom, the latter being the lessees of the project, we will meet the deadlines. In the 99 localities, construction works have been completed. ANCOM carried out the technical audit, all elements are operational, but they are not in use yet. Ro-Net creates the infrastructure and the end-user’s access depends on Telekom,” Anghelescu stated.
The start of the Ro-Net project, co-financed through the European Regional Development Fund and worth a total of RON 377.8 M, of which grants total EUR 252.28 M, was announced in mid-January 2015.
The network will have a length of approximately 4,900 kilometres and should have been completed in December 2015.
The two operators designated to implement the project by 31 December 2015, following the tender organized by the Communications Ministry, are Telekom Communications and Telekom Mobile.
At the start of November 2014, the European Commission approved a financial contribution of approximately EUR 85.6 M for the Ro-Net project. Through the project, 783 localities will benefit from broadband internet.