Greece tops EU for expensive telecom services

The price comparison of fixed and mobile broadband services, based on data at the end of 2020, is extremely unfavorable for Greece as it ranks the country among the most expensive in the EU in a number of packages and services combined.

Despite the efforts of the Ministry of Digital Government and the development of a series of new electronic services, Greece is in the 3 last posts of the European Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) announced on Friday.

The price comparison of broadband services in fixed and mobile telephony, on the basis of data at the end 2020, is extremely unfavorable for Greece as it ranks the country among the most expensive in the EU in a number of packages and combined services. In mobile telephony, in 12 Greek Connection Packages Reviewed, ten are considered “relatively more expensive” Where “more expensive”. However, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Malta are even more expensive than with us, in mobile phone plans.

Extremely problematic is the desperately low penetration of fixed broadband communications at speeds of at least 100 Mbps. In Greece, only Three one hundred consumers have access to these high-speed connections, while the EU average is more than ten times higher, at more than 30 percent.

One of the most important reasons for Greece’s poor performance, beating only Romania and Bulgaria, are delays in investments by telecommunications providers, but also the delay in state intervention, for the development of high-speed broadband networks.

The conclusions of the European Commission are based on data from September 2020, that is, a year ago, which means that Greece did not take advantage of the fact that in the last 12 months, a number of new services have been brought online, while the investment program of TAKES AWAY accelerated on the installation of fiber optic networks (FTTH).

However, the commission’s report notes that “Greece continues to improve its performance in almost all aspects of the DESI index, although in most cases its score is still below the EU average.” He adds that our country may have done “little progress in terms of digital skills” but that the percentage of employed female ICT specialists in Greece is growth quickly..

In addition, “Greece has improved its connectivity performance and started to develop very high capacity networks, although it is still well below the EU average in terms of coverage of very high capacity networks and the penetration of high-speed broadband fixed communications. 100Mbps.”

the commission consider that “the development of networks resilient to future developments is likely to be accelerated by the expected investments in optical fiber (such as the “Ultra-Fast Broadband Infrastructure” project) and the development of the 5G network”. Greece has 99% from 5G the Readiness Index, which means that almost all innovative areas of the EU harmonized 5G spectrum have been assigned.

With an overall rating of 37.7 (compared to the EU average of 50.2), Greece ranks 27 in the EU when it comes to connectivity. It is noted that “it continues to progress very rapidly in terms of broadband coverage (NGA). This coverage has increased by 6 percentage points in 2020, reaching 87%, which is in line with the EU average. This increase could be attributed to the progressive development of the networks thanks to the vectorization plan”.

Sean B. Jackson