The Croatian Telecommunications Agency (CTA) is offering HRK16.14 million (USD3.45 million) in subsidies for broadband infrastructure projects, with HRK3.2 million set aside for each of the following access technologies: xDSL direct network connections, fully unbundled local loop (ULL), IP bitstream, WiMAX and UMTS/HSPA mobile broadband. Payments are to be made for newly connected users to 512kbps-plus services in selected underserved geographical areas. The regulator received eleven applicants for the subsidies: alternative telcos H1 Telekom and Optima Telekom, cellco VIPnet, WiMAX operators Dubrovnik Telekom and WIMAX Telecom (Croatia), incumbent telco T-HT, Iskon Internet (an ISP subsidiary of T-HT), T-Mobile Hrvatski (T-HT’s mobile subsidiary), Optika Kabel TV, state-owned nationwide WiMAX licensee Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV), and the Croatian Technology Institute (HIT). The winners are scheduled to be announced on 15 May.
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