ECONOMY

Broadband usage near 16 percent

The number of broadband connections in Greece hit 1.79 million at the end of June, comprising 15.9 percent of the population, up from 1.75 million at the end of the first quarter of the year, according to regulator National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT). The number of new broadband connections in the second quarter numbered 40,861 versus 124,112 new connections over the previous three-month period, data showed. In the 12-month period ending in June, the growth rate in Greece’s broadband sector was the fourth highest in the European Union but still trailed well behind the usage of fast Internet service seen in other member states, according to EETT data. Greece’s broadband penetration rate at the end of June was the fifth lowest among the European Union’s 27 member states. Regarding the number of active 3G mobile phone connections, EETT said that it reached 1.27 million at the end of September.