The foundation’s objective is to build a network of fibre-optic cables across Estonia that would make it possible by the year 2015 for all households, enterprises and institutions to have access to the broadband network with the data connection speed of up to 100 Mbit/s.
Harjo stated that technical preparatory works are already carried out to launch the EstWin project. Most important activities, including those related to financing of the project, will take place in the beginning of next year. The estimated cost of the entire project is up to 1,5 billion kroons. Money for next year’s activities will be applied for through different European structural funds. The foundation hopes to get 350 million kroons from the EU structural funds for the EstWin project next year, which will allow to complete the first stage of the EstWin project consisting of approximately 10 different sub-projects.
In the first stage, 6 640 kilometers of fiberoptic cable will be laid out complete with 1 400 network access points and the first stage of the project will give work to 400 people.
The agreement on the establishment of the foundation for building the network's basic infrastructure was signed in August 2009 by ITL members AS Elion Ettevõtted, AS Elisa Eesti, AS EMT, AS Eltel Networks, AS Ericsson Eesti, AS Tele2 Eesti and Televõrgu AS. A representative from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications sits on the foundation's supervisory board.
The Estonian Broadband Development Foundation (ELA) will be responsible for the EstWin, a project with the aim of bringing the new generation broadband networks into every home, business and institution and so eliminating the digital divide between the Estonian countryside and the biggest cities.