Alternative models for the development of rural telephony – nine Central & Eastern Europe countries

countries: Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia
key-subject: rural telecommunications development, rural telecommunications projects, financing, universal service/ access, roll-out strategy
client-type: government

A nine country study involving policy, market, commercial, technological and financial strategy, to identify feasible approaches to the expansion of rural telecommunications services in the Central and Eastern European region. The study led   to the establishment of a pilot programme accepted for implementation, including innovative rural roll-out strategies and a proposal for a rural telecommunications special credit line for financing.

This regional project was undertaken for the EU’s PHARE Programme, and was aimed at assisting countries which are pursuing market liberalisation in the area of universal access/service provision. Countries covered were: Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. Led by Andrew Dymond of Intelecon in association with British Telecom.