The money is there for Croatia to be able to install free Wi-Fi in public spaces, parks, squares, and more.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of January, 2018, there is a prerequisite for local governments or their companies, with one or more suppliers, to enter into a contract to install Wi-Fi equipment, to provide a subscription for Internet access for at least three years, as well as to maintain the Wi-Fi equipment for the aforementioned three years.
Public companies, hospitals, kindergartens, public entities such as ZET and other companies owned by local governments, as well as local self-government units in Croatia, can expect the opening of a public call for the EU WiFi4EU program in this quarter.
This is a program involving the fast creation of free Wi-Fi points in local communities across the European Union, and at least 15 companies or units of local self-government from across Croatia will receive funds at an average of 15 thousand euro. The European Union has prepared and set aside 120 million euro for this program by the year 2020.
Funds will be provided through vouchers that can be applied exclusively online, with which local government units or companies owned by them will be able to pay all the costs of their Wi-Fi projects. The EU estimates that by 2020, it will allocate between six and eight thousand vouchers.
The European Union has pointed out that the exact amount of vouchers hasn’t yet been established, but so far, the amount of 15 thousand euro has been used as a framework value.