ECONOMY

Greece lags in high-speed Web connections

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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-high-speed 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, only 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.