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All Slovaks to get broadband by 2013

THE SLOVAK cabinet on March 2 adopted an updated National Strategy for Broadband Internet Access in Slovakia according to which all Slovaks should have access to a fast internet connection by 2013, the TASR newswire reported.

THE SLOVAK cabinet on March 2 adopted an updated National Strategy for Broadband Internet Access in Slovakia according to which all Slovaks should have access to a fast internet connection by 2013, the TASR newswire reported.

“The aim is to ensure broadband internet access with a connection speed of 1 Mbps for everybody by the end of 2013 and to enable access to high-speed internet with a bit rate of 30 Mbps by the end of 2020 for all people, public administration [bodies], the business sector and the third sector,” reads the document.

The previous strategy, adopted in 2005, focused on nationwide coverage of Slovakia with first-generation broadband internet access. Then, the speed for households was set at only 256 kbps with 2Mbps for the commercial sector and public administration. Thus the new strategy envisions expansion of the network to allow higher connection speeds, the SITA newswire wrote.

The new strategy discussed the need to adjust existing regulation because the high costs of creating the infrastructure for high-speed internet access and the potentially lower demand for such services may otherwise discourage providers from investing in the necessary infrastructure.

Out of the budget of the Operational Programme for the Information Society (OPIS) €113 million is allocated for projects to build broadband internet infrastructure in regions with low or insufficient infrastructure. A proposed OPIS revision increased this amount to €160 million.


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