Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

High-speed internet for every village

By the end of 2020, all municipalities in Slovakia should have high-speed internet coverage.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: SME)

Telecom operators promised to bring high-speed internet coverage to each and every municipality around Slovakia within three years. Officials from Orange Slovensko, O2 Slovakia and Slovak Telekom made this commitment in a memorandum of cooperation with the Office of Deputy-Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation, led by Peter Pellegrini.

“To remove white spots from the map of Slovakia is one of the priorities of my office, so I am very glad that we managed to reach an accord with the operators,” Pellegrini said on February 6, as cited by the Pravda daily. “By the end of 2020, every village in Slovakia should have the possibility to connect to high-speed internet, which I consider fantastic.”

In 2015, the National Agency for Network and Electronic Services (NASES) counted up to 1,808 municipalities without high-speed internet.

Operators have obligation to invest

The three major telecom operators, as well as the Local Internet Providers Association, have pledged to cover the country with internet through their own investments.

Digital infrastructure in this country is at least as important as transport infrastructure, stressed the deputy-PM, adding that this means there is an obligation for operators to invest hundreds of millions of euros. Pellegrini also told the Slovak government that they would be good partners and asked that they create the conditions necessary to implement such a large investment.

If the memorandum’s goal is met, Slovakia will belong among the leaders in the European Union without white spots, Pellegrini said. According to him, some €80 million has been allocated for expanding internet access in the Operational Programme Integrated Infrastructure.

Allocating money for free internet access

Slovakia will not have to invest in building optic cables in remote villages, and can thus shift the funds elsewhere. “We would like to use some of this money for towns and villages that want to provide free internet access in their squares, libraries or hospitals, while another portion should be used to cover transport corridors,” the deputy-prime minister said.

Talks will also be held with the Transport Ministry as the steering body of this operational programme, he added. If there are dozens of millions of euros left after financing wi-fi connections and covering railway corridors and highways, he would like to shift the money to covering motorway and expressway project documentation.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Lajčák considers resignation if the migration compact is rejected

The foreign affairs minister also admitted to some disputes with PM Robert Fico.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

How to cope with waste

Slovakia lags behind in recycling and reducing waste, but examples of other countries, particularly the Netherlands, are helping Slovakia implement strategies to reduce waste.

Roughly 67 percent of communal waste ended up at landfills in Slovakia, while only 23 percent was recycled.

The Burning Hell have warmed to Slovakia Video

There is one place in particular that the Canadian musicians have a soft spot for.

The Burning Hell will perform in Bratislava and in Banská Štiavnica.

Automotive industry and e-commerce drive the industrial sector

Western Slovakia with Bratislava remains the strongest locality.

Prologis Park Bratislava