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ENGAGE Info Day and Exchange of Good Practices

The following is the report on the study visit: “ENGAGE Info Day and Exchange of Good Practices” that took place in Slovenia from May 27 to May 31.

The four-day event allowed participants to visit different parts of the country and learn about existing problems and their different technological solutions.

On the first day, participants actively took part in the 29th Workshop on Telecommunications VITEL 2013 titled: "Infrastructure to meet the Digital Agenda targets and what beyond – the case of Slovenia”.  Here they were presented with the current situation regarding the state of broadband in Slovenia in connection with the goals of the Digital Agenda. The ENGAGE project was presented to the attendees of the conference.

On the second day, participants were taken to the Primorska region, where they visited the power self-feeding mobile base station in the town of Podkraj. The base station uses solar and wind energy to provide signal in an area where mobile services have been impossible so far due to the inaccessibility of an energy infrastructure. The surplus energy produced by the photovoltaic and wind generators is stored in batteries which power the facility when there is no sun or wind, thus ensuring uninterrupted operation.

The participants then visited one of the implemented projects of building open broadband networks (GPON) and saw a presentation by Mr. Goran Živec, whose company built the network and is currently managing it. The open networks were built based on two public tenders with the aim of providing broadband services in rural areas classified as white spots. 

The third day, the participants visited Gornja Radgona, a town in the north-eastern part of the country where they were presented with a different way of building open broadband networks (P2P). GVO, the company that is building and managing the network presented their way of building and the technology used on the field. The participants saw in practice all the stages of building the open broadband network: planning the network, digging, laying optical fibres, slicing and splitting optical fibres and connecting users in the shelter. After the study visit, the participants, the companies building the networks, operators as well as representatives from the government and the regulator took part in a workshop. The workshop was an opportunity for the ENGAGE participants to present their broadband solutions and to get an overview of the current situation regarding broadband in Slovenia and to discuss problems, possible solutions, good and bad practices. It was also an opportunity for the Slovene participants to see best practices from different European counties and to try and find an effective solution for the Slovene case. After the workshop, the participants were taken to Arclin, to see Iskratel’s remotely powered fanless DSL shelters for local loop shortening.

On the fourth day, the participants visited Iskratel, which is Slovenia’s biggest vendor of telecommunications equipment. On Friday, the remaining participants visited Telekom Slovenije’s management centre and another telecommunication equipment vendor IPS. With the addition of the evening social events and many fruitful discussions among the participants, the event could be placed on a list of good practices of the ENGAGE project.

We, the Slovenian organizers, would like to thank all the participants for their active participation at the ENGAGE study visit, info day and exchange of good practices.

You can find PowerPoint (ppt) presentations together with material about the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Laboratory for Telecommunications (LTFE) here.

Event Agenda

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