Greece lags in high-speed Web con­nec­tions

Kathimerini English - - Focus - VAN­GE­LIS MANDRAVELIS

Greece is a com­par­a­tively cheap coun­try for low-speed broad­band In­ter­net con­nec­tions, ex­pen­sive for high-speed ones, and has no ul­tra-high-speed ser­vices (net­works with a speed of more than 100 megabytes per sec­ond, or MBps), ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

By 2020, the Com­mis­sion’s main tar­get is to have 50 per­cent of ac­tive telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions lines in Euro­pean Union mem­ber-states run­ning at 100 MBps or faster, and the en­tire net­work to have a min­i­mum speed of 30 MBps.

Cur­rently, Greece has a neg­li­gi­ble 0.4 per­cent rate in ul­tra-high­speed con­nec­tions, rank­ing rock bot­tom among the 28 EU states. Poland ranks 27th with a rate of 13.5 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the end of 2014. Just 30.8 per­cent of Greek house­holds en­joy In­ter­net speeds of 30 MBps, with the coun­try rank­ing 27th in the EU, on- ly ahead of Italy with 27.2 per­cent.

Al­though 70 per­cent of Greek house­holds have an In­ter­net speed of be­low 30 MBps, the coun­try’s av­er­age broad­band con­nec­tion speed is 8.93 MBps, against an EU av­er­age of 8.79 MBps. Greece is also 20 per­cent cheaper for low-speed con­nec­tions than the EU av­er­age, and marginally more ex­pen­sive than its EU peers in triple-play con­nec­tions, which in­clude pay TV.

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