|Do you have a National Broadband Plan which specifies a set of measurable broadband targets or will you have such a plan in place before 31st December 2012?||Yes||The national strategy for communications is mainly focused to provide broadband access to all, anytime, anywhere and also to facilitate the smooth transition to Next Generation Networks (NGNs). The broadband strategy may be implemented via three axes: 1) by establishing a rational and effective legal framework, either by strengthening the existing framework or filling the gaps, where necessary; 2) by leveraging the broadband investments; and 3) by supporting the overall strategy via complementary actions. Regarding the implementation of this strategy, our main principles are directed not only to the sufficient broadband coverage (Increasing Broadband Coverage and Penetration Coverage), but also to the deployment of a powerful and future-proof network infrastructure. There is a need of provision of a long-term solution that can evolve in time and of provision of reliable and affordable contemporary connectivity services (in terms of speed, quality and price). Additionally, the market must be supported by fostering real competition and prevent any single operator from gaining material advantages against others, and by supporting / facilitating existing network operators to choose and implement their own strategy, concerning potential private (add-on) investments in these territories . However, the role of the State remains important, as it has to maintain adequate control on the network’s operating principles. Towards this target, we have to deal with the fact that the direct public intervention is deemed as crucial to deal with the combination of the two negative co-existing conditions: the lack of infrastructure and the lack of commercial interest. 4 axes for BB Plan Fiber to the Home (FTTH): The FTTH project concerns the development of a passive infrastructure of open access that will provide broadband connection over fiber optics to one plus million households and companies, all over the country. After the project redesign in order to become attractive to private investors, the techno-economic advisor has been selected. The public bid for the selection of the legal advisor will be announced soon. After the delivery of the Action Plan from the advisors, a public tender will be issued. The FTTH is envisioned to be implemented via a PPP model. MAN Regarding Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN), the exploitation of the existing infrastructures will leverage the competition and will greatly enhance the quality of the offered services to the end user. At its present state, MANs are covering only public sector buildings, but our purpose is to expand them to private sector as well. The existing metropolitan fiber optic networks are examined as an complementary solution towards fostering the national FTTH project. MANs can be the cornerstone on which we can facilitate FTTH deployment in 72 Greek cities. The main benefits for this solution is that the MANs’ project is not overlapping with the FTTH “big project”, but on the contrary, it is ready to start and exploit the opportunity for Greece to move rapidly within 2012 in the FTTH concept. It also contributes the Regional Development, as the MANs’ network is dispersed to 72 cities, in which their population is more than 2.000.000 and consequently we can easily reach penetration and geographical coverage’s targets. The consultation of the tender for the Administrative Authorities has already finished (Mar. 2011), with a strong interest from the Market. RURAL Broadband Concerning the RURAL Broadband project, a joint ministerial funding scheme has been employed towards providing broadband access to rural and insular areas. The project is managed by the Special Secretariat of Digital Convergence and the results of the initial phase (feasibility study and action plan) are under public consultation. It is estimated that within 2011 a public call for the implementation of the project (based on the initial phase results) will be launched. The objective is to gradually fill the gap between the urban and undeveloped territories (agriculture and islands) regarding broadband access and digital services, by using a mix of technologies. The rural project will serve more than 820.000 Greek citizens (8% of the entire population) at the under-served residential and municipal departments. The proposed Rural Business Model is discussed with the EC and an open tender will be announced soon. SYZEFXIS II SYZEYXIS II is envisioned to be a modernized network with Value-Added Broadband Services for the public sector (Participation of all Greek Agencies - 31.000 actors). The project will greatly enhance the services currently provided (by SYZEFXIS I) and its second generation is envisaged to provide more Broadband (and if possible optical) access. The project focuses to new value added services with an emphasis on video and collaboration services, as well to the support of users' mobility. Moreover, a main objective is the maximization of “aggregation of demand” in telecom services. For the years (2011- 2013): 7,5% increase into the Broadband Population Coverage, thus reaching @about 99% in total 20% increase into the Broadband Geographical Coverage|
|Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% broadband coverage by 2013?||Yes||The national BB plans have been aligned to the DAE with respect to 2013 targets, since there has been much work towards enabling all citizens to have access to broadband internet starting from 2011, focusing on the smooth transition to Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and to the Terrestrial Digital broadcasting . It is expected that at 2013 every citizen will be able to have access to broadband internet either wired or wireless.|
|Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% coverage over 30Mbps by 2020?||Yes||The competitive forces are a key factor that can help towards achieving the coverage targets. In our country, the competition has decreased the prices and has increased the coverage and the speeds of broadband internet access the latest years. Now, there is a high percentage of users able to have wired broadband access to a speed of more than 10Mbps and a good percentage of users that have access to 24Mbps connectivity. In this respect, the target for a 100% coverage of more than 30Mbps until 2020 is not unreachable, but when it will be at least completed.|
|Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 50% of households to have subscriptions over 100 Mbps by 2020?||Yes||In contrast to the above two questions – answers, the superfast internet is pretty much left behind and much work is needed so to align to the targets for 2020. In any case the relevant target is not unreachable, provided that initiatives needed be at least completed.|
|Have supportive measures been introduced to support the achievement of National Broadband Plan targets?||Yes||Complementary Actions a) Technologies mixing: A wide mix of technologies have been proposed to achieve the DAE targets: technology-neutral approach combining fixed (FTTH/VDSL), wireless (wifi mainly, although any WFA technology could be employed), mobile (HSDPA, LTE), satellite and digital technologies Regarding wired technologies, upgrading the infrastructure to FTTx architecture will enable the high-speed internet connectivity and even superfast internet. Regarding wireless technologies, the deployment of HSDPA and LTE will enable high-speed internet connectivity to not only mobile but also fixed users. In this regard the Greek incumbent initiated the deployment of its new optical access network (FTTC with the use of VDSL2 technology). The project was initially developed in a limited number of urban areas, and will progressively expand to cover other areas in order to provide end users with speeds up to 50 Mbps along with improved quality characteristics. Switchover to digital transmission: switchover has been started. The Ministry has officially set up a Working Group (with technical and campaign sub-groups) with all parties involved, which is already operational, and has as a task to provide solutions and actions for the digital transmission. b) White Areas Coverage: Moreover, complementary and supportive projects are currently deployed to provide broadband access to undeveloped areas (e.g. with no DSL access) with a targeted minimum bandwidth of 2 Mbps. c) Digital Registry of National Networks: Dynamic, GIS-enabled inventory of the network infrastructures at a national level. This project refers to the establishment of a dynamic, digital registry for the accurate documentation of the national network infrastructures. The outcome of the project will provide valuable tools to respective public sector organizations and the public regarding broadband infrastructures, thus facilitating present and future investments via GIS services. The Registry will be a critical tool with respect to the revision of the Broadband Strategy. Moreover, the registry will serve as a reference point for other important initiatives at a national level, such as the National Security Plan for Communications.|
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