A project that will cover more than 400,000 homes in various inland regions, resulting in coverage of the entire continental territory by 2026/2027.

The international public tender to roll out broadband networks in areas known as “white zones” – regions without network coverage or where the quality is insufficient – represents a total investment of 425 million euros. Of this, approximately 150 million euros comes from the Portugal 2030 Regional Programs, while the rest is financed from national resources.

During the ceremony announcing this international tender, which took place in Belmonte, in the Castelo Branco district, on December 12, Prime Minister António Costa, with the approval of the European Commission, emphasized internal cohesion as one of the government’s strategic pillars for the development of the territory.

This project is in line with other programmes and investments that share the same objective, such as the new cross-border connections to promote “greater density between the Portuguese and Spanish regions”, the enhancement of higher education institutions in these regions, the creation of conditions to reduce context costs, favourable tax measures, especially in terms of corporate income tax, and the decentralization process.