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Satellite connections for remote areas

Athens and other cities are slowly getting in sync with the broadband era. But what of the islands and remote parts of Greece, condemned to dial-up technology because providers seek to avoid the cost of promoting broadband connections? The solution has come from the sky. In addition to the project for more wi-fi hotspots, the Transport and Communications Ministry is pushing Dory, a plan to spread satellite Internet connections for remote areas such as islands and border districts. The project is a joint effort by the ministry, Greek state telecoms provider OTE, and the Greek satellite operator Hellas Sat. Initially, satellite broadband connections will cover 1,600 sites, mainly schools and public offices. Funded from the Third Community Support Framework, Dory is scheduled to start within the next few months. A number of small islands have already gained Internet access via satellite, including Gavdos, Irakleia, Donousa, Schinousa and Kinaros, which has just two inhabitants.