Next Generation Broadband Connectivity for Rural Schools in White Zones

Next Generation Broadband Connectivity for Rural Schools in White Zones

Project Description

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.

Links

WBIF and EBRD Support Serbia to Expand Broadband to Rural Areas

Project Financing

WBIF Grant WB22-SRB-DII-01 € 1,497,700
National Contribution Own Contribution € 100,000
EBRD Loan € 18,000,000
WBIF Grant WB-IG06E-SRB-DII-01 € 34,408,163
EBRD Loan € 70,000,000
National Contribution Own Contribution € 1,450,000
Potential WBIF Grant External Grant € 2,000,000
Total € 127,455,863
Total Grants € 35,905,863
Total Loans € 88,000,000

Partner Financial Organisations

Western Balkan Partners