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Cablegate: Broadband Fixed Wireless Telecommunications

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 001391

SIPDIS


USDOC FOR 6420/ITA/TD/ITI/OTT/BROBERTS
USDOC FOR 3150/USFCS/OIO/EUR/ZONA/BRADLEY
USDOC FOR 4232/MAC/EUR/EERIS/BURGESS/ROGERS
USDOC FOR 4231/MAC/EUR/EERIS/CEEBIC/GOTTHARD

STATE FOR EUR/SCE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP EINT ECPS HR
SUBJECT: BROADBAND FIXED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS
MARKET IN CROATIA

REF: USDOC 02720

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BROADBAND FIXED WIRELESS MARKET IN CROATIA
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A.Croatia has allocated an unlicensed frequency band
of 2400-2483.5 MHz with limitation on Effective
Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) equal to 100 mW, and
5725-5875 MHz with EIRP equal to 25 mW. There are no
separate allocations for indoor and outdoor uses. A
license is required for the use of 3.5GHZ spectrum.

B.The demand for BFW can be only roughly estimated.
Independent researchers estimate that 1.4 million
n
people in Croatia (out of total population of 4.3
million) have Internet access. According to the
Institute for Telecommunications, which issues
approvals for import of BFW units, thousands of such
units have been imported into Croatia in the past three
years, but there is no information on how many are used
in commercial networks.

C.An operating license is required for BFW services
provided in the 3.5GHz spectrum. Additionally, every
Internet service provider must obtain a license from
the Croatian Telecommunications Institute, located at:

Jurisiceva 13
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
tel. +385 1 4896000
fax. +385 1 4920227
Mr. ante dodig, director
ante.dodig@telekom.hr
www.telekom.hr

BFW systems operating in the 2.4GHz range are not
required to have a license provided that they meet the
above frequency and EIRP requirements (see paragraph A)
and that they are certified according to relevant ETSI
(European Telecommunications Standardization Institute)
technical specifications.


D.There are no ownership limits for companies
offering BFW services. However, until 2005, the local
incumbent operator, Hrvatske telekomunikacije, reserves
the exclusive right to offer real time voice services.

E. Every telecommunications operator offering
interconnection has to publish its interconnection
tariffs. The tariffs have to be approved by the
Croatian Telecommunications Institute.

F.n/a

G.Four out of eight Internet service providers in
Croatia use commercial BFW networks to connect
customers to the Internet or to link two different
locations of the same customer. Small range devices
(SRD) are used by ISPs for connecting users in the
urban areas. Companies also use SRD for intranet
networks.

H.Contact information for two largest Croatian ISPs
offering BFW:

Globalnet d.o.o.
Radoslava Zimmermana 64b
10000 Zagreb
tel. +385 1 6599 000
fax. +385 1 6599 099
www.globalnet.hr
3.5ghz band
License acquired in 2002
Primary vendor: Alvarion (Israel)

GLOBALNET PRICES

ES

128KBPS - HRK 1290 (USD 200/month)
256KBPS - HRK 2570 (USD 400/month)
384KBPS - HRK 3770 (USD 600/month)

Iskon Internet d.o.o.
Savska cesta 41
10000 Zagreb
tel. 6000 700
fax. 6000 777
www.iskon.hr
www.iskon.biz
3.5ghz band
License acquired: n/a
Primary vendor: n/a

ISKON "SKYNET" WFB offer prices: to be published after
June 16 (http://www.iskon.biz/skynet/)

Several non-profit associations are offering wireless
LAN access to its members in Croatian cities. Contact
information for the largest association offering this
type of service is listed below:


zgwireless non-profit association (only LAN, no
Internet access)
kontakt@zgwireless.net
www.zgwireless.net
2.4ghz band, 11mbps
Roll-out started 3 years ago

Equipment vendors present in Croatia:

- Orinoco/Lucent
- Cisco used primarily by commercial service
providers
- SMC
- Clink
- Mikrotik (latvia)
- Allnet
- Buffalo
- Linksys
- Arlan

Local distributors in Croatia:

Autronic d.o.o. (SMC)
Gruka 22
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
a
Tel. +385 1 61 53 500
Fax. +385 1 61 52 733
E-mail: autronic@autronic.hr
www.autronic.hr

Formel d.o.o. (Dlink)
Zvecajska 5
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel. +385 1 36 40 853
Fax: +385 1 30 15 349
www.formel.hr

Boa d.o.o. (Buffalo)
Kreimirov trg 3
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel. +385 1 46 55 302
Fax. +385 1 46 55 267
www.boa.hr


Info-gama d.o.o. (linksys)
Avenija V. Holjevca b.b.
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel. +385 1 66 51 777
Fax. +385 1 66 51 799
www.info-gama.hr

Micro - Link d.o.o. (Arlan)
F.Fuisa 12
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel. +385 1 36 36 884
Fax. +385 1 36 45 850
UNCLAS SECTION 03 OF 03 ZAGREB 001391

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 6420/IT


microlink@microlink.hr


I.Telecommunications technical equipment and
installations can be imported, sold, leased, used or
installed and connected to telecommunications
infrastructure in Croatia if their quality is proven by
a certificate of the Croatian Telecommunications
Institute or statement of manufacturer's compatibility,
which is submitted to the Croatian Telecommunications
Institute, and a label as prescribed by separate
e
guidelines. The Institute can accept certificates of
quality or statements of compatibility from foreign
legal entities as a valid proof of quality for the
aforementioned equipment.

Croatian regulations prescribe that the label required
for equipment certified should be in accordance with
European or Croatian standards, and it makes no
distinction between the two standards.

If the equipment is not certified, it can be either
tested in Croatia or installed with prior consent from
the Institute for testing purposes only and for a
period not longer than two years.

Microprocessors and personal computers can be imported
free of customs duties, while duties for antennas
imported from countries other than EU are 5 percent. A
value added tax of 22 percent is imposed on all
imports.

(ORIGIN: USFCS/NIKOLAC/BLECHER)

MOON
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