The Greek government, mindful of the potential impact of high-speed, next-generation, broadband capabilities on national economies, has drawn up a €2.1 billion (A$4.1 billion) plan to rid the Southern European nation of its "broadband pauper" status.

Presenting at the annual European Fibre to the Home Council Conference, Christos Akratopoulos, a consultant at the Greek Ministry of Transport and Communication, said the government intends to pass 2 million homes during the next seven years with fibre connections in Athens, Thessaloniki, and 50 other cities and towns across Greece, including some on the many surrounding Mediterranean islands.

The Government is hoping that, with broadband services of at least 100 Mbit/s on offer, it will attract at least 650,000 end users. The government is not dictating the technology that will be used to make the final connection to homes and businesses, but stipulates an truely open access architecture that will be run by a separate entity from the companies that will sell the services and applications.

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At 15 September, 2009 23:13 Chuck said...

it is too much money for Greece


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