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Summary of broadband development in Greece
The national next generation broadband access plan 2014-2020 was prepared by the General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post (now part of the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance), in cooperation with relevant public bodies (e.g. the NRA Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission, HTPC) and other stakeholders, including the market. Cooperation between all stakeholders is a key factor to achieving the NGA plan targets.
National broadband strategy and policy
A key condition for the development of the digital economy is the widespread availability of quality broadband infrastructure and penetration to a high percentage of the population. The national next generation broadband access plan 2014-2020 sets a roadmap for achieving these conditions. The national targets of availability and use of broadband connections of high and ultra-high-speed act as a catalyst for digital development. The action Superfast Broadband (SFBB) aims at supporting citizens through vouchers to acquire an Internet connection of at least 100 Mbps, upgradable to 1 Gbps. Action Ultrafast Broadband (UFBB) aims at the deployment of infrastructures providing Internet connections of at least 100 Mbps bandwidth upgradable up to 1 Gbps to 2.400.000 citizens (residential and business users).
Achieving these objectives requires the mobilisation of largescale investments estimated to be between a total of EUR 1.4 billion to EUR 4.5 billion, depending on the development model pursued.
The private sector is expected to account for the large majority of these investments. Public intervention is primarily focusing on securing the investment environment that will make such investments viable in other areas where market failure has been identified. However, it requires the continuous monitoring of progress achieved and adapting to relevant actions.
- The General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post at the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (Γενική Γραμματεία Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ταχυδρομείων, Υπουργείο Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης) is responsible for the planning and implementation of national broadband policy. It is also responsible for the creation of an appropriate institutional framework for the development of top quality telecom and postal services in a competitive environment.
- The NRA Hellenic Telecommunications and Posts Commission (HTPC, Ελληνική Επιτροπή Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ταχυδρομείων) is responsible for the regulation and supervision of telecommunications and postal services. It provides an interactive map showing broadband availability and infrastructure.
Main aims for broadband development
The national broadband plan builds on the following two pillars:
- Pillar A: favourable environment for private investment in next-generation networks (investment, legislative and regulatory) to achieve maximum utilisation of private resources (both domestic foreign) towards the development of NGA infrastructure.
- Pillar B: Visible public support for the extension of next-generation broadband infrastructure in areas and markets in which they prove that there is little or no interest in developing relevant infrastructures and services.
National and regional broadband financial instruments
- For the implementation of new projects in Pillar B, financial resources from Corporate Pact for Development Framework - NSRF 2014-2020 will be used as well as the Public Investment Programme (national resources) and private investments.
- For actions described in this document that cannot be financed by NSRF or FTA 2014-2020, additional funds will be drawn from the Public Investment Programme.
Data on broadband development and technologies in Greece
For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).
Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband
For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.
National publications and press documents
- National next generation broadband access plan 2014-2020
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Broadband Connectivity Reports and Analyses
- Fixed broadband prices in Europe 2018
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe 2018