Monday October 20, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
16o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Free wi-fi access across Greece via 5,000 hotspots

By Thanos Tsiros

The General Secretariat for Telecommunications will in the next 10 days put to public consultation a plan for developing a wireless Internet access network across Greece. The aim is to implement a pledge made by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in November that full coverage would be available by the end of this year. The secretariat aims for the consultation to be completed within 15 days and the tender to be announced by mid-April. User access will likely be restricted to 30 minutes per login.

Using funds from the “digital convergence” program of the European Union, the plan will concern the installation of wi-fi hotspots at all town and city halls around the country, at archaeological sites and museums, and at ports and marinas. Menelaos Daskalakis, general secretary for telecoms, told Kathimerini that the there will be close to 5,000 access points around the country. He said the budget is some 15 million euros.

“The final selection is primarily based on population numbers. We will rely on data given to us by local authorities,” said Daskalakis, adding that the City of Athens has so far failed to respond to the secretariat’s invitation to be included in the program. He said that the municipality intends to launch its own tender for 16 wi-fi hotspots, budgeted at 1.36 million euros. Had it been included in the state program Athens would have had another 20 hotspots based on its population.

So far 303 municipalities have expressed an interest in installing wi-fi hotspots at about 6,500 locations around the country. More than half of these demands will be satisfied. In a separate procedure run by the National Research and Technology Network, wireless access points will be installed in hospitals, while public transport authorities will undertake the installation of access points on buses and metro stations, some of which already enjoy wireless connectivity through a pilot scheme.

The country’s main telecom companies are expected to take part in the tender, and may be allocated specific geographical areas. Their task will be to install and maintain the equipment for the first year.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday March 9, 2014 (21:02)  
German bunds rise on sata seen adding to gloom; Greek bonds gain
ECB review will clarify Greece´s needs, says Regling
Greece’s Alpha Bank said to seek 180 mln euros for Athens Hilton
Greek toy retailer Jumbo lifts Q1 sales 11 percent
Athens calls on Ankara to ‘reverse course’ over Cyprus EEZ
The Greek Foreign Ministry on Monday called on Turkey to “reverse course” after a Turkish seismic exploration vessel reportedly entered Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier in the ...
Magistrate, prosecutor disagree over handling of driver in deadly crash
The magistrate and the prosecutor handling the case of a deadly crash in central Athens last week that resulted in the death of three people disagreed on Monday over whether the driver who c...
Inside News
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
SOCCER
OFI stuns Panathinaikos, Mitroglou hits twice
OFI Crete produced the upset of the week in Greek soccer beating Panathinaikos in Athens for only the second time in its history on Sunday, while PAOK stayed on top beating Atromitos at home...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Stop moaning and get in the game
There are so many people who love spending their days talking about the crisis and proclaiming that they know exactly what needs to be done to solve the country’s problems. Some of them obvi...
EDITORIAL
Exorcising the ghosts
Developments last week held in store an uncomfortably realistic understanding of the risks engulfing the country. The massive sell-off in Greece’s stock and bond markets was a strong shock. ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Athens calls on Ankara to ‘reverse course’ over Cyprus EEZ
2. Magistrate, prosecutor disagree over handling of driver in deadly crash
3. German bunds rise on sata seen adding to gloom; Greek bonds gain
4. ECB review will clarify Greece´s needs, says Regling
5. Ex-party leader to see prosecutor on Tuesday over bribe allegations
6. PASOK objects to plans for changes to public sector wage structure
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
2. Bakers encircle Thessaloniki's White Tower with giant 'koulouri'
3. Hardouvelis does not see 'big surprises' in ECB stress tests
4. European leaders pivot back to debt crisis after wake-up call
5. Turkish vessel enters Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone
6. Samaras to visit Cyprus on November 7, ahead of Egypt talks
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Less haste, more focus
3. Greece to contribute 1 mln towards Gaza reconstruction
4. Greece nearing bailout exit, says gov't spokesperson after IMF talks
5. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
6. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.