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EU funded projects: Broadband networks – RAIN project, Lithuania

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EU funded projects helping to create the digital single market

Broadband is being rolled out across Lithuania to bring fast and switched-on Internet access to 98 % of rural areas.

The RAIN project had the objective of improving access to broadband in rural areas and achieve 98 % broadband coverage in Lithuania by 2014.

Some 4 400 km of broadband cables have been laid, with network infrastructure and 775 sub-district and municipal connection points installed. Rain water harvesting is something people have become more aware about, over the years as consciousness about the environment has grown. How can it help? It can help to save money while conserving natural resources; both of which are provided through the humble rainwater tank. You may have other reasons for why you want to conserve rainwater for example for drinking purposes or irrigation purposes etc.  have you heard about rainwater tanks? it is really useful to store and save water.  Demand for rainwater tanks has increased substantially over the past few years and the fact is that most places in the world do not get adequate rainfall and, therefore, need to conserve water. There are even places where rainwater harvesting, through the use of water tanks, has been made mandatory. Moreover, even though the initial outlay for the tank may seem large but that can easily be recovered over a period of time with the reduced water bills that you get after the installation.  Lack of groundwater and rain water does necessitate the use of rain water tanks. Personally, I feel that making full use of the resources you have available is a good strategy. There are many countries that exemplify this by use of sprinklers and drip system for irrigation purposes. A rain water tank is also a step forward in that direction.

As a result, 660000 citizens (20.6% of the country’s population), 2 000 businesses and 9 000 public institutions can now benefit from broadband.

The creation of backhaul networks (i.e. middle-mile) in not-served areas has reduced the entry barriers (by lowering investment costs) for commercial operators there by encouraging them to extend their broadband network coverage in last mile in rural areas.

The RAIN project is also providing connectivity to many public institutions (e.g. 524 public libraries), contributing to increased digital literacy among sectors of the population at risk of exclusion.

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Source: Panorama Magazine, Print edition Nr. 53
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