June 10, 2021 – A good internet is a prerequisite for remote working. Interview with Nikolina Pejovic, proposal management expert from Croatia Telecom (Hrvatski Telekom), about the quality of the Internet in Croatia and what her company is doing to support the digital nomad initiative.
1. The digital nomad revolution is here, and there is quite a buzz around Croatia as one of the best nomadic hotspots. Let’s take a look at one of the most important requirements for potential remote work – connectivity and speed. How good is the internet in Croatia?
Yes, it’s a popular topic these days, I think the whole corona situation has really made us all realize how anything can go through a fundamental change. It opened up many people to new ways of living and working. As for tourism, which accounts for around 20% of Croatian GDP, it is of course essential to make the most of the opportunities available to us, building on the traditional means and attractions of Croatia, digital nomadism being a powerful platform.
In terms of connectivity, Croatian Telekom is the leading network in Croatia, confirmed by not one, but three independent international studies, and not only that, but has been named one of the 10 fastest mobile networks in the world, so that nomads coming to Croatia is covered. You can work worry-free from Croatia and we take care of the rest. Especially since we have implemented the first 5G commercial network in Croatia, thus ensuring better coverage, improved speeds and user experience, and we are fully committed to improving it even more, which certainly benefits nomads. digital coming to Croatia.
2. Internet speeds vary across the country. Where are the fastest destinations and where can people find internet speed information online if they are planning to spend time in a particular location?
There is a really cool tool called the coverage map on Hrvatski Telekom web page, and you can check the coverage nationwide, and also specifically by location. We are constantly working on better network capacity, although we are already the leading network. We are well aware that quality infrastructure is the foundation of a great customer experience, and it is one of our priorities.
3. How will Hrvatski Telekom develop its coverage and service over the next 5 years? What are the key strategic milestones for HT?
The past year has clearly shown how vital the ICT industry and investments in digital infrastructure and digitization are for all aspects of our lives, our society and our economy. Hrvatski Telekom has led Croatia’s digital transformation through continued investments in network infrastructure and innovative services, ensuring that the development of technology and digitization will continue to be our priority. In addition to investments in technology, our second the area of ââfocus will continue to be our clients and not only meet but exceed their expectations.
(Nikolina in the Digital Nomads-in-Residence program, with the mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and the co-founder of DNA, Jan de Jong)
4. HT was one of the first private companies to support the Digital Nomad Association and this new initiative to welcome digital nomads in Croatia. Tell us a bit about that?
Yes, we truly believe that our mission is to improve the quality and digitize the lives of our citizens, we call it a world of better opportunities. In a world where almost all businesses are digital, digitization is a prerequisite for progress, whether in community, economic improvement, business development and a better quality of life.
When it comes to the DN initiative, we recognized it from the start as an important part for the whole of society and also as a concept that fits perfectly with our mission to connect everyone in the country to the opportunities of digitization. Because with a laptop, tablet or smartphone and a reliable internet connection, we are able to help redefine not only the way we work, but also where we can work, and Croatia is a excellent choice.
We are interested in supporting programs that really create value, and that’s why we recognized and supported DNA’s work and wanted to help Nomads feel welcome, and we went even further by creating a product that DN can and will use while living here.
5. As part of this assistance, you have provided a digital nomad product specific to the 10 digital nomads in residence in Dubrovnik, which is also accessible to the public. Tell us about this product and what feedback have you received?
I absolutely loved working with my team on this product, in fact we quickly realized that all a telecommuter wants is a really easy to use solution that works wherever they go. They said prepaid is the best thing for them because it can be prepaid (top-up). We really wanted to know what DN thinks about our product and is it as good as we thought it would be.
I had the opportunity to meet these interesting young people and the feedback was very positive. They loved the product and had great coverage everywhere they went, and they traveled a lot with the Nomads-in-Residence program. Our âUnlimitedâ offer is an easy-to-use prepaid flat rate solution with weekly flat rate options which, simply by recharging your account, is automatically reactivated. We have a dedicated product web page, where you can order the product or additional hardware, such as a router if you need it.
6. How do you see the future role of HT in the development of this sector of the Croatian economy?
Bringing tech-savvy, mostly highly skilled and knowledgeable people to Croatia could prove to be a valuable source of capital inflows for the country’s economy. And as their numbers have grown over the past few years, the potential could be huge. The only estimate I saw was that there are 4.8 million people in the world who have somehow switched to a digital nomadic lifestyle, with as many as 17 million people yearning for that. Bearing in mind the characteristics of such a lifestyle, mobility, flexibility, creating one’s own schedule and choosing the workplace, Hrvatski Telekom wishes to provide digital nomads with a fast and stable Internet connection. anytime, anywhere, which is crucial for their ability to work from any location across Croatia.
7. And finally, your impressions of the Dubrovnik Digital Nomad-in-Residence program?
It was very well organized, I want to congratulate the city of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik tourist office, Saltwater Nomads, Jan and you Paul as initiators and organizers of this project. I think that working in this heavenly little part of Croatia is something that appeals to a lot of people around the world. I am from Dalmatia although I have been living in Zagreb for quite some time now, and every time I have this little getaway from the capital to Dalmatia I realize how unreal it is and how it would be. surely interesting for young people to come and enjoy it. It is our duty to make them realize that this is a real option. In addition, I think that all the other regions of our country have a very good potential to offer tourism solutions to this group of people. I enjoyed my 2 days in Dubrovnik, could only wish it would last longer. . .
8. And finally, finally, will we see you at Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021?
Yes indeed! After the great energy in Dubrovnik, it’s great to see the DN opportunity presented in Zagreb. I think Zagreb is a fantastic destination for digital nomads, and there is a lot to see and do. Of course, Hrvatski Telekom will be involved in Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021. We are happy to support such initiatives.
About Nikolina Pejovic:
I really got to know our customers and their needs by progressing gradually within the company, from my first student jobs in our stores to today as an expert in proposal management and creating products for HT . I started working as an undergraduate student and following the mantra you learn every day, I am currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb. In my free time I am interested in improving the education system, which I help as a member of the Board for the Management of Educational Quality at the University of Zagreb and a member of the Community for promotion of intellectual capital in the Croatian Chamber. Trade.
For more information on Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021 & Digital Nomad Ambassador Project, visit the Saltwater Nomads website.
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