OTE, Voda­fone and Wind to in­vest in NGA

Kathimerini English - - Focus - VAN­GE­LIS MANDRAVELIS

The de­ploy­ment of next-gen­er­a­tion ac­cess (NGA) net­works is be­gin­ning in Greece for fixed-line ser­vices.

Ser­vice providers OTE, Voda­fone and Wind are ex­pected to spend some 250 mil­lion eu­ros in or­der to meet the tar­gets set in the new frame­work for the roll­out of NGA net­works by the Hel­lenic Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Post Com­mis­sion. This frame­work is based on the ob­jec­tives of the Euro­pean Dig­i­tal Agenda, which re­quires 50 per­cent of Euro­pean cit­i­zens to have ac­cess to broad­band in­ter­net con­nec­tions of at least 100 Mbps by 2020.

OTE in­tends to in­vest 50 mil­lion eu­ros in the next eight months, to cover some 750,000 po­ten­tial cus­tomers for so-called “su­per­vec­tor­ing” con­nec­tions, which al­low for con­nec­tion speeds up to 300 Mbps. To­day an ADSL con­nec­tion al­lows for a down­load speed of up to 24 Mbps while VDSL takes that up to 50 Mbps.

Voda­fone and Wind are plan­ning to com­bine su­per­vec­tor­ing with fiber op­tics. In the next three years Voda­fone will spend 120 mil­lion eu­ros on 70 per­cent fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) net­works and 30 per­cent su­per­vec­tor­ing, while Wind will in­vest 80 mil­lion on 30 per­cent FTTH and 70 per­cent su­per­vec­tor­ing.

Books and elec­tronic goods chain Pub­lic was named Re­tailer of the Year at the Re­tail Busi­ness Awards cer­e­mony con­ducted on Mon­day evening at the Athens Con­cert Hall. Ioan­nis Ma­soutis, CEO of Greek su­per­mar­ket chain Ma­soutis, col­lected the Re­tail Man­ager 2016 Award.

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