WiFi4EU: Croatian Telecom Enables Free WiFi in Various Locations

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 11th of September, 2020, Labin and the municipalities of Gracac and Brtonigla are some of the Croatian locations which, as part of the WiFi4EU initiative, which has the aim of introducing free WiFi for citizens and visitors to public locations, were awarded a voucher in the amount of 15,000 euros.

Thanks to many years of successful cooperation with Hrvatski Telekom/Croatian Telecom, Labin and the municipalities of Gracac and Brtonigla have chosen the popular provider as a reliable technological partner and the best contractor to technologically provide public free WiFi internet for their citizens within the wider WiFi4EU initiative.

In addition to replacing the existing network with a new, faster and better network, equipment was installed in six new locations in Labin – Tito Square, San Marco promenade, the city market, Zelenice street in the city centre, the Kature playground and on the waterfront in Rabac – thus expanding the city’s free internet coverage network. The WiFi4EU project has provided high-quality free internet to the citizens of Labin, as well as their guests, and it raises the standard in Labin, since today’s way of life is closely linked to technology and communication.

“WiFi4EU is one of the many projects we’re implementing in Labin. With this project, we’re continuing to improve the infrastructure of our city to fit the time in which we’re living. In the current situation, such projects are extremely important because they enable citizens to continue doing their jobs, to maintain ties with family and friends and to facilitate their adaptation to the new changes,” said the Mayor of Labin, Valter Glavicic.

In the municipality of Gracac, Croatian Telecom has installed a total of thirteen access points, at five external and eight internal locations. This enables free WiFi internet access at locations such as the administrative building of the municipality of Gracac, KIC “Napredak” Gracac, the library and reading room and in Nikola Tesla street and Skolska street as well as at the Park of St. George. Thanks to the WiFi4EU programme, locals and visitors will have high-speed Internet access in major centres of public life such as squares, parks, libraries, public buildings and the like.

A place in continental Istria, the municipality of Brtonigla, also expressed their confidence in Croatian Telecom, choosing it as a partner in the implementation of a project that provides free internet access in public areas. Free WiFi signal covers all squares in Brtonigla, the area in front of the Tourist Board, Main street, the park near the church of Sv. Zeno, the area in front of the Aleksandar Rukavina Gallery and the football field, as well as the stands in the sports zone of the settlement. In the settlement of Nova Vas, the main square of and the surrounding areas are covered with free WiFi signal, while in the settlement of Fiorini, two access points have been set up in order to cover almost the entire area with free internet.

“I’m extremely satisfied with the way the WiFi4EU project was realised and the support of Croatian Telecom. Our region, among other activities, is also tourist-oriented throughout the year because, in addition to seasonal summer tourism, cyclo tourism is very popular here in other months and we’re open to all forms of further cooperation, especially when it comes to digitalisation and modernisation,” said Paolo Klaric, Mayor of Brtonigla.

Croatian Telecom is otherwise the largest private investor in digital infrastructure in Croatia which has been continuously investing in the quality and development of mobile and fixed network infrastructure for years.

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