EU4Digital: Internet switched on in Georgian mountain villages

08-11-2019
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More than 1,000 people in 76 mountain villages in Georgia have been connected to the internet as part of a government project to support the development of the mountain regions.

The Pshav-Khevsureti and Gudamakari Community Internet Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, with the support of the High Mountain Settlement Development Fund, the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Georgian Small and Medium Telecommunications Operators Association.

As a result of the project, 76 villages of the Pshav-Khevsureti and Gudamakari regions, 496 families and 1,291 residents will gain access to the internet.

The EU supports digital economies and societies in the Eastern partner countries, including Georgia, through its EU4Digital initiative. With a total budget of €11 million, it will run from 2019 until 2021 and cover Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Through the programme, the EU supports Eastern Partnership countries by reducing roaming tariffs, developing high-speed broadband to boost economies and expand e-services, harmonising digital frameworks across society in areas ranging from logistics to health, building cybersecurity and finally, developing digital skills.

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