“Building a national broadband internet network in disadvantaged areas, by using structural grants – RO-NET” is a project currently completed in over 200 localities. The project is in advanced stages in another 220 localities.
According to the project’s target, 783 localities located in remote areas will have broadband internet coverage by November 2016.
The Ministry of Communications and Informational Society (MCSI) presented on Friday, July 1, the localities in which the project was completed and the benefits of internet connection in the Tomesti and Mascurei localities, Vaslui County.
“Pupils and teachers will have easier access to information; local farmers and craftsmen will be able to use the Internet for their businesses and can even sign up their products in the national system for public tendering; local authorities can communicate more rapidly with their counterparts and can ask for support in developing local utilities,” MCSI Secretary of State Horatiu Anghelescu stated during his visit to Vaslui County.
In his turn, Ovidiu Ghiman, Telekom Romania Business Segment Chief Commercial Officer, added: “The project contributes to supporting the local economy by offering direct benefits to communities, which can thus take a first step in their development, but also thanks to the fact that most of the equipment necessary – fibre optic, containers, poles – was bought from various local suppliers.”
RO-NET is a major structural project financed with European structural grants. At the end of May, the European Commission decided to modify this project by dividing it into two stages. The total value of the first stage of the project is EUR 18.8 M, of which grants from the European Regional Development Fund total EUR 12.5 M. The budget for the second stage of the project totals EUR 53 M.
RO-NET will give coverage to 783 of the 2,268 localities identified as lacking coverage (so-called “white areas”). This will contribute to reducing the digital discrepancy between urban and rural areas, bringing broadband internet closer to almost 130,000 households, 400,000 people, 8,500 companies and 2,800 public institutions.