Greece has high phone bills, low Internet use

The Greeks and the Portuguese pay the highest phone bills in the European Union, while Greece has the lowest rate of Internet access in the 15-state union, according to EU Commission figures presented in Athens yesterday. Outlining the conclusions of the seventh EU Commission report on the implementation of the telecommunications regulatory package, the chairman of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT), Emmanouil Yiakoumakis, said 12 percent of the Greek population uses the Internet. The Swedes have the highest rate of access, at 67 percent. Yiakoumakis said EETT proposes to take action to boost competitiveness in the landline market, adding that Greece and Portugal pay the highest phone bills in the EU.