South East Europe
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A recently signed contract – in May 2012, between the Municipality of Ljubljana and a consortium composed of Telekom Slovenia and Nil has formalised an announced public-private partnership in the duration of 10 years that will soon transform Ljubljana into a digital city. This project is to create the connection between WiFi and optical communications with cloud computing, which is the first such project in the world. The entire network infrastructure is to be completed in two years, and by autumn 2012 the initial stage, limited for a certain time to the inner city centre, should be in place.
The investment value of the City of Ljubljana is estimated to 15 million Euro, whereas the private partners are to invest an initial 10 million Euro to set up about 1,300 WiFi spots, followed by approx. 2 million Euro on an annual basis for the maintenance of this complex system.
In practical terms, the implementation of the WiFi network in the municipality boundaries will allow users to surf for free during one hour per day, while extra time will be charged by Telekom Slovenia. This city-wide WiFi zone will be an added value both to leisure and business visitors in Ljubljana, including those attending congresses and meetings.