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Infrastructure database will save costs of municipalities and investors

22.08.2017

All database on existing and planned infrastructure will be gathered within an electronic platform based on geospatial data - "Single Information Point". The project is implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) and is financed under Operational Program on "Good Governance".

"The realization of the project has a direct impact on the economy of the country", stated Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Dimitar Genovski during an information day for municipalities and telecommunications service providers. In his words, the main goal is to put an end to the continuous digging up of streets and public places because of the lack of coordination of repairs by various operators. "We are looking forward to significant co-operation from mayors. Most municipal commitments, however, mean savings for citizens and a more comfortable life in the urban environment", added Deputy Minister Genovski. Infrastructure database will save costs of municipalities and investors. He pointed out as a second goal the significant reducing of the expenditure of constructors. "Any investor who wants to build a communications infrastructure will be able to get a clear picture of the networks and equipment available in a region and will be able to use them. Hence, the cost of building activities such as digging tunnels, laying pipes or shafts will be reduced", he also said.

All information on existing and planned infrastructure will be gathered in an electronic platform based on geospatial data - the "Single Information Point". The project is implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) and is financed under Operational Program on "Good Governance".

In his address to the participants in the information day the Chief Secretary of MTITC Ivan Markov said that the work on the project allows for successful cooperation between MTITC, municipalities and communications service providers. "We have sought assistance from all stakeholders, including mayors, enterprise, to build network infrastructure and all institutions that already have public service networks", he said.

Within the information day was presented the opportunity for the municipalities to participate in the European Union calls for proposals for free internet at public places. "In recent years the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has been actively involved in the preparation of this initiative and has achieved a favorable allocation of funds for our country. Thus, we can get funding for 50 projects in forthcoming calls for proposals by 2020", Deputy Minister Dimitar Genovski said during the presentation. In his words, in some small municipalities many families have no access to the world wide web at home.

"Nevertheless, they will be able to use fast, free internet at public places like stations, libraries, parks - where their friends and neighbors are", added the Deputy Minister. He also said that free wireless internet projects are an opportunity to create more jobs and to support entrepreneurship, because people will be able to look for jobs online. "Access to public internet will also help educate children because they will have access to huge databases. Last but not least, companies can show and implement their technological solutions", said Dimitar Genovski.

Gergana Passy - Digital Champion of Bulgaria, attended the opening of the information day too.