Strategic project for Lithuania RAIN-2 won the international award

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2015 11 17

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Yesterday in Brussels, Rural Area Information Technology Broadband Network RAIN-2 project won the Social and economic impact and affordability award at a Europe-wide competition for a European Broadband Award launched by the European Commission. The Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, Rimantas Sinkevičius, was also present at the ceremony.  

“For some autumn is the time of harvesting, for others it is the time of evaluation of the achieved results. Project RAIN-2 extended the broadband network of its predecessor project RAIN by 5775 kilometers. The length of cables built in Lithuania can be considered to be equal to the distance from Vilnius to Barcelona and back. However, rather than placing importance to the length of the cables, we stress the fact that already 982 villages are connected to the network and can now use the Internet” said Rimantas Sinkevičius, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania.

The infrastructure developed during the implementation of the project reached around 700,000 of the population. And in terms of co-implementation of the first RAIN project, it reaches around 1,000,000 people. RAIN infrastructure allows 51 communications operators to provide network services to their clients.

According to the data provided by Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the number of country’s households that have a computer and broadband Internet access in the rural areas increased more than 12 times in the last decade. During that time, the average Internet speed increased by 45 times. Leading to the fact that Lithuania was ranked 8th globally and leader in Europe in terms of the fiber-optic (FTTH) Internet network penetration. 

17 European countries participated in the competition and have shared their experience. 48 projects were submitted for the 5 nominations.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania together with public institution “Plačiajuostis internetas” (Broadband Internet) started to implement the project RAIN-2 in December 2009. The project was completed this fall.