Croatian Telecom Working on First Private 5G Network in Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

Croatian Telecom (Hrvatski Telekom) has contracted with FER to build the first private mobile network in the Republic of Croatia based on 4G and 5G technologies – known as the Campus Network.

The announcement of the continental Croatian city of Osijek becoming the very first Croatian 5G city sparked debate about the potential issues of 5G as well as positive reactions from Eastern Croatia’s increasing IT and tech community. Osijek is home to a bustling IT community for whom the introduction of the network will bring good things.

As Bernard Ivezic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of February, 2020, after the capital city of Zagreb, Croatian Telecom (Hrvatski Telekom) plans to set up private 4G and 5G networks in Rijeka, Split and Osijek, while Deutsche Telekom operates similar projects in Austria and of course in Germany.

Deutsche Telekom already operates similar networks in Austria, the Czech Republic, its home country of Germany and Croatia’s neighbour – Hungary, and Croatian Telecom will invest a massive two million kuna in the project.

Natasa Malic, Director of Access Networks at Croatian Telecom, says that similar projects are currently being planned in the cities of Rijeka, Split and Osijek and that the goal is to encourage the development of solutions in the fields of automation, robotics, edge and fog computing and other IT applications.

Jerko Dumanic, Marketing Director for Croatian Telecom Business Customers, says they are proud that they can lend a helping hand to both science and the economy. “Croatian Telecom is the largest private investor in STEM development, and we’ve confirmed this with the Campus Network,” stated Dumanic.

Gordan Gledec, the Dean of FER, said that they are making a new leap forward with the move. “We’re currently carrying out about 200 research projects and with this we’re gaining new opportunities,” concluded Gledec.

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