The national next generation broadband access plan 2014-2020 strives to create a favourable environment for private investment in next-generation networks as well as public support in areas with little or no interest from private players. The Next Generation Access (NGA) plan targets high internet connectivity speeds for all Greek citizens by 2020. The project schedule has been updated in order to comply with the Gigabit Society 2025 targets.

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Summary of broadband development in Greece

The national next generation broadband access plan 2014-2020 was prepared by the competent General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post (now part of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media), 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 sets a roadmap for achieving these conditions. The National targets of availability and use of broadband connections of high and ultra-high-speed, set at DAE target levels act as a catalyst for digital development.

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 focused first 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.

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

The national next generation broadband access 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.

Long-term NGA aims are 100% broadband coverage with minimum speeds of 30 Mbps with at least 50% of households benefiting from 100 Mbps by 2020. In line with the targets of the Gigabit Society, this should rise to 1 Gbps connectivity by 2025.

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

Check the overview for details on harmonised spectrum assignments and consult the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.

National publications and press documents

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Contact information

BCO Greece (national Broadband Competence Office): Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media

Address:  Anastaseos 2, 10191 Papagos, Athens, Greece
Contact via email
Phone: +30 210 6508804
Website

General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post at the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (Γενική Γραμματεία Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ταχυδρομείων, Υπουργείο Ψηφιακής Πολιτικής, Τηλεπικοινωνιών κι Ενημέρωσης)

Address:  Anastaseos 2, 10191 Papagos, Athens, Greece
Contact via email
Phone: +30 210 6508891
Website

Hellenic Telecommunications and Posts Commission (Ελληνική Επιτροπή Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ταχυδρομείων - EETT)

Address: 60 Kifissias Avenue 151 25 Maroussi Athens, Greece
Contact via email
Phone: +30 210 615 1000
Website

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