ECONOMY

Much needed on telecom front by 2004 Games

OTE Telecom has completed only 50 percent of its scheduled operations for the Olympic Games this summer, raising concerns about the Games’ required telecommunication infrastructure just 81 days before the start of the sporting event, according to a recent report. In an OTE report, dated end of March and obtained by Kathimerini, the telecom company notes that out of the 5,864 projects required, 3,598 have been completed. Just 63 percent of the technical telecom projects are out of the way, while only 37.7 percent of the operational projects were complete. «The situation is critical, and the danger of the Olympic Games projects not being prepared on time is visible,» the report said. «The continual flow of problems which depend on external factors makes implementation more difficult, raising concerns,» it added. At the start of April, the government received the first memo regarding OTE’s Games preparations. The greatest problems noted were the venue’s construction delays, which consequently set back telecom-related activities. «The dangers of the the pre-Olympic tests not being completed are evident as are the higher-than-expected costs of delivering the telecom projects,» the report said.