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Statistics for the operation of the telecentres


Firstly, it is important to realise that all four telecentres are part of a pilot project where different solutions are tested in communes that have different needs and potentials. The operators are also testing various tariff structures to see which ones could be most relevant to cover the cost and also contribute to a high utilisation of the centres. The evaluation is ongoing and the final result could be expected before the summer.


Frecatei centre has had in average around 400 visitors per month which represents more than the population of the main village (250 inhabitants) and almost a third of the entire population of the commune (1470 inhabitants in 5 villages). More than half of the visitors used the telephone services and about 110 persons/month used the computers. All the schools bring their children to the telecentre to teach them how to work on a computer and how to access the Internet.


In Iana has the computers been the main attraction and primarily used for Internet access. More than 20% of the population of the main village (about 160 people/month) visited the centre for these services and for telephone services as well. The centre, being located within the school, has made possible for the school to actively use the Internet in the children education. One class room has been directly connected to Internet via a dedicated cable through the telecentre.


Also in the Balasesti centre was the Internet much used initially, especially by children from the school near by. About 45% of the population of the main village of the commune (around 350 people/month) visited the centre during the first months of operation, out of which about 200 people/month accessed the Internet. In the beginning of this year a connection with a lower capacity was tested to reduce the cost of services. However, that didnít turn out well and a compromise solution is now being tested.


Rebricea centre has been fully operational only for about two months, due to very extensive installation works. Around 30% of the population of the main village have been visiting the centre per month, making use of the computers, the telephone or making photocopies. In addition, the entire commune (4150 inhabitants in 9 villages) has now the possibility to access a public mobile telephone network, most of the inhabitants previously not having any communication facilities at all.


The services provided by the centres are primarily paid for by the users in order to cover the operatorsí bills. The communes provide the location and staffing, realising the community importance of the centres. A few communes are to some extent considering it relevant to partly contribute also to the communication costs as such.

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