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Rural Development | Greece

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Rural development programme of Greece 2007-2013: The Hellenic Telecommunications and Posts Commission introduced the programme Rural broadband for Development of broadband infrastructures in rural “white” areas of Greece. These 5.100 white areas cover approximately 40% of the Greek territory and especially, villages and isolated islands.
Further Information: ΕΙΔΙΚΗ ΥΠΗΡΕΣΙΑ ΔΙΑΧΕΙΡΙΣΗΣ Ε.Π. ΨΗΦΙΑΚΗ ΣΥΓΚΛΙΣΗ (Administration Office OP Digital Convergence)

Project type

Project type:

Basic information

Country:
Scope: 
national
Place address: 
Lekka 23
10562 Athens
Greece
Time frame: 
From 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2013
Cost structure: 
Estimated 161.077.032,00 EUR

Quality of service

Service providers: 
ΟΤΕ Rural North and Rural Connect (Intrakat, Intracom Holdings και Hellas Online).

Financing

Type of sources / instruments: 
National funds. EU funds

Transferability

Participatory process: 
Funding from local and national authorities as well as for EU (Information society, Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, ERDF: European Regional Development Fund)
Business model: 
private DBO

Background

Unique characteristics: 
The project follows a PPP (Public and Private Partnership) model, trying in this way to take advantage of all the possible available sources in order to allow the realization of the project, the utilization in the future promoting in the same time the competition.
The operators will not offer services directly to final users but only services to other operators. The final users will get offers from third parties and operators.
Success factors: 
In order to implement the project the country was divided into three sections:
LOT 1: OTE (Thrace, Macedonia, western Epirus, Northern Aegean) : 44.375.478 EUR
LOT 2: INTRAKAT – INTRACOM HOLDINGS – HELLAS ON LINE (Thessaly, Eastern Central Greece, Southern Epirus, Evvoia, Cyclades): 60.315.940 EUR
LOT 3: OTE (Peloponnesus, Central Greece, Dodecanese, Crete): 56.385.614 EUR

Project review

Results: 
The project will help a lot in the local economical evolution, will improve many services, open new job opportunities, help the businesses and of course improve the living conditions for locals and tourists.
Short description of added value: 
The goal of the project is fast internet in these areas until 2015 connecting hundred thousands of people that have no or very poor connections. The programmes follows the goals of “The Digital Agenda in Europe”.