New Technologies & Broadband

New Technologies & Broadband

Network and broadband infrastructure

Recent years have witnessed the rapid expansion of broadband penetration in Greece, which continued apace in 2010. As a result, Greece is steadily improving its broadband ranking, gradually closing the gap with the European average.

Since early 2010, broadband penetration in Greece has risen by 2.1 connections per 100 residents, and it is estimated that convergence with the rest of Europe will continue, as this upward trend is anticipated to be significantly higher than the European average. Those benefiting from this growth are citizens, companies and the Greek economy in general.

The map below shows the evolution of Ethernet DSLAM’s presence nationwide:

In 2010, the opportunity to have access to Broadband has reached 96.6% of OTE’s connections (infrastructure coverage). With broadband connections approaching 2,303,000 in the Greek market at the end of 2010 (20.28% penetration of the population), compared to 1,916,630 at the end of 2009 (17% penetration of the population), the broadband environment prevailing in Greece was shaped as set forth below:

Broadband in Greece 2008 2009 2010
Points of presence (PoPs) of the ADSL network 1,420 1,501 1,937
LLU connections 650.00 987,300 1,380,000
Percentage of broadband penetration (to the population) 14.5% 17.5% 20.28%

With the primary vehicle being conn-x, OTE remains the primary driving force behind growth in new technologies in the country and the main choice of consumers opting for quality broadband services. Specifically, in December 2010, OTE’s retail ADSL customers surpassed 1,110,000 and the upward trend recorded in the penetration of Broadband among OTE customers meant that the latter percentage rose to 30.89% by the end of 2010.

Extending broadband delivery through IPTV

The development of IPTV services by OTE also contributes to the further expansion of broadband. Conn-x TV, OTE’s subscription television service, is already available at more than 460 points of presence of OTE’s network throughout Greece and is constantly expanding. These points of presence include all the major cities in the periphery, country towns, islands, as well as smaller urban centres with even fewer inhabitants. A search engine is available at “www.oteshop.gr”, where users can obtain information on whether OTE's television service is available in their area, by typing in their telephone number.

Broadband developments in the regions

OTE continues to place special emphasis on developing the necessary infrastructure, even in regions with low population density, so that all citizens can have access to new technologies and especially broadband. Furthermore, through its satellite broadband Internet service and the Hellas Sat satellite, OTE’s broadband services are now available in even more areas of Greece.

Moreover, in 2010, OTE has put WiMAX systems into operation in:

  • Agion Oros
  • Thessaloniki
  • Ioannina
  • The greater region of Attica
  • Samos island
  • Zagoroxoria

Specifically, in 2010:

  • We successfully implemented a pilot project launched in 2009, which involved the installation of roughly 5,000 VDSL2 lines at selected outdoor cabinets (KV), as well as of optical fibre networks (ONU – Optical Network Unit), resulting in the large-scale development of new generation access networks (FTTC/B+VDSL2) in Urban Areas located within the city limits of Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as in other cities and Prefectural capitals around the country.
  • Within a three-year horizon, this will be expanded to span roughly 4,000 active cabins equipped with VDSL2 DSLAM, and high-speed broadband internet (50/15 Mb/s) will be made available to approximately 800,000 prospective customers, aspiring to thus achieve an increase in broadband penetration and to meet the demands of companies and citizens calling for higher speed broadband Internet services.
  • We implemented programmes for the installation of active equipment both in outlying regions (Xanthi, Komotini, Serres and Alexandroupoli), as well as in Attica (Voula, Vouliagmeni and Zografou), so we are anticipating that higher connection speeds will be achieved.
  • Following a tender procedure conducted by OTE, a contract was approved for the construction of the project titled ‘Development of a New Generation Access (NGA) Network, within urban areas located within the Attica region and the City Limits of Thessaloniki'. The aim of this project is to enable a technically superior and more rapid adoption of the new broadband networks.