|National contribution||Own Contribution||€ 500,000|
|National contribution||Own Contribution||€ 30,000|
|Future WBIF grant, or loan||Other Sources||€ 2,700,000|
|Total Grants||€ 1,700,000|
|Total Loans||€ 72,000,000|
Improving and expanding access to educational opportunities for all students has long been a goal for policymakers, educators, and parents. In recent years, the government has emphasized the importance of broadband communications technology as a means for achieving this goal. Broadband can help connect teachers to students, parents, and free educational resources. Broadband also helps schools share classes, curricula, and other resources. Lack of broadband connections for rural schools will become a growing problem for Serbia if steps are not taken now—one-fourth of all students attend a rural school and in recent years rural enrolment growth has outpaced growth in all other school locales. Without adequate high-speed internet infrastructure, rural schools and the students they serve will be left behind.
This project aims to support the rural broadband infrastructure development in 3 phases through the preparation of the complete project documentation necessary for the implementation and deployment of a rural broadband network to be used by schools. The project will enable development infrastructure and interconnection of the 2 existing operators’ networks and schools in rural(white) zones. Schools will obtain fibre connectivity (1 Gbps+), while neighbouring households (private investment part that will follow middle-mile CAPEX investment by the government) will obtain 30+Mbps connectivity.