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Greece lags in digital TV sector

Greece has failed to open up the digital television and radio market in accordance with EU guidelines and risks facing fines over the issue, the European Commission said yesterday. Greece is the only EU state which has failed to draft new rules to liberalize digital terrestrial broadcasting. Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is an implementation of digital technology that provides more channels and a higher quality of picture and sound through a conventional antenna instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. «Greece must complete the long-overdue transposition of this directive as concerns broadcasting transmission services. New competitors must be free to offer such services and in particular digital terrestrial broadcasting,» said Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Athens’s reluctance to open the market means Greeks have fewer telephone firms and broadband Internet services from which to choose, the Commission said earlier this year.