ECONOMY

OTE unhappy with plans for its division

OTE telecom voiced its opposition to its operational separation into telephony and broadband Internet arms, in a statement issued yesterday. «Operational separation will mean no serious investments in the distribution network, no network expansion into new technologies and a downgrading of quality and maintenance of the network,» the organization stated, adding that «this is also the view of almost all European governments and of the vast majority of main service providers.» The statement followed an interview by the head of the National Telecommunications and Post Committee (EETT), Nikitas Alexandridis, who said that the issue of OTE’s separation is high on the agenda of the telecoms watchdog. He added that if OTE continues to raise obstacles to the development of competition «the operational separation will be to the benefit of consumers.» OTE accused EETT yesterday of stalling for seven months the approval of its commercial package «All-In-One,» which combines fixed telephony, cellular services and Internet access. EETT cannot make its mind up, argues OTE, adding that the negative attitude of EETT’s president does not allow consumers to try out the innovative products that the OTE group is offering. OTE also says that EETT is trying to convince everyone that the telecoms corporation will have to offer all its facilities to providers in excess of its obligations. It adds it has already given 1 million lines to alternative suppliers, which currently use just 30 percent of that capacity.