Following the implementation of the state program to develop fiber-optic broadband infrastructure, the country will be fully covered by optic highways designed to promote retail networks and provide Internet to subscribers via local operators. As a result of this program, Georgia’s regions will have access to high-speed Internet that will increase citizen participation in the country’s social-economic life. The program will also support entrepreneurship, develop a competitive market environment, and stimulate private investment in the telecommunications field.
The program consists of two components: financial support and the construction of broadband infrastructure.
Financial support includes:
- Establishing a mechanism for accessing financial resources.
- The provision of services by a program beneficiary under this program.
The construction of broadband infrastructure includes:
- Designing and constructing the passive infrastructure.
- Planning and arranging the active network.
- Servicing the infrastructure and network.
- Providing wholesale services.
Program Target Coverage Area
- The target area of the program’s financial support component are those settlements located in “white zones” whose populations exceed 200 residents and where operators do not plan to construct broadband infrastructure for three years after the launch of the program.
- The target coverage area of the broadband infrastructure construction component is defined by settlements in “white zones” whose populations exceed 200 people and where construction of broadband infrastructure is not planned by a program beneficiary or other operator in accordance with Paragraph 2, Subparagraph A, of Article 5.
- The program’s broadband infrastructure construction component will be implemented in those parts of the “white zone” where the project’s financial support component is not also being implemented.
- This program will construct broadband infrastructure up to those telecommunication nodes owned by commercial operators, according to the shortest and most optimal path, network topology, topography, and required technical capacities (required quantity and capacity channels, and availability of free optical pairs).