The National Strategy for
New Generation Access Networks
We want Greece to be at the forefront
of the new digital era…
Development of an open-access passive network that
will provide optical fiber to approx. 2,000,000 homes
and businesses, in Athens, Thessaloniki and at least
50 other cities across Greece.
Where we are at…
Key financial facts
•GDP €230bn ($285bn)
•GDP(per capita) €20,500 ($26,500)
•Growth rate 4%
Is the time now for optical fiber Networks in
1. Increased broadband penetration rates have been achieved only in the
last 4 years.
2. Very rapid rates of increase in broadband penetration during the last 2
3. Greece has geostrategic significance.
4. There is no other significant competitive telecom network infrastructure.
5. The population density justifies the investment (in the selected cities)
6. There is a strong approval from the citizens
7. There is a definite government dedication.
(11.000.000 last census)
In the Greater Athens area alone, there is a total of 1.2mln
households, with an average density 5900inh/sqkm
Broadband market in Greece…
About 90% of the participants answered that they believe this project is
important (as analytically presented during the survey)
Over 80% of the sample thinks that state participation is necessary in
planning and implementing this project
Eight out of ten persons asked would like to see the project starting
About nine out of ten people would tolerate some level of disturbance in
Whereas nine out of ten would tolerate some disturbance in their own
(*) Pulse RC (www.pulserc.gr) survey for the Ministry of Transport & Communications, conducted by
telephone between 27/8/2008 and 29/8 /2008 with a sample of 2,120 persons in Attiki, Thessaloniki
prefectures and in the municipalities of Patra, Heraklion and Larissa, using the method of random
sampling on people over the age of 18. (mean statistical deviation +/-5%)
“Open Access” network model – Point to Point Architecture.
Optical fiber to cover the increasing needs for bandwidth of at least 100Mbps
Infrastructure Provider Model for the construction maintenance and supply of
the passive infrastructure (dark fiber) to telecom providers.
The same Passive Infrastructure provider may not offer telecom or ISP services.
Total rollout duration for the network: 7 years.
Indicative project budget: 2,100,000,000 €.
There is a decision for project co-funding by the state and
The direct state involvement will be via implementation
of the law for Public Private Partnerships (SDIT) in
such a way that competition terms are fully observed. Up
to 3 Special Purpose Companies will be established.
The duration of the partnership will be 30 years.
The state will pay availability dividends that will
correspond to a percentage of the total investment
budget, while the proportion of public-private
participation will be fixed following delegation with the
Revenues via the availability and use fees of the
passive infrastructure by the telecom and content providers.
Potential for financing on competitive terms, via the
European Investment Bank.
Possibility for state aid of the end users covering costs for
vertical wiring via the EU’s National Strategic Reference
Passive Infrastructure (dark fiber) only
Open Access principle. Passive infrastructure provider may not
provide services to the end user
Rollout (homes‐passed) milestones
PPP with approx. 1/3 of investment covered by the state.
Duration of partnership will be 30 years
Minimizing Risk of Investment…
Integrated State Support…
Legislation for Rights‐Of‐Ways
Access to Other Public Networks
Access to Buildings
Technical Specifications and Standards for Indoor Fiber
Road‐shows for promoting Broadband
Possibility for Direct End‐User Subsidies through EU’s NSRF
E‐gov related initiatives
…aiming at minimizing risk of investment, assuring swift
profitability while creating at the same time a safe
environment of equal terms for all market players.
The Regulatory Framework will include legislative and
regulation aspects to facilitate implementation of the
optical fiber network.
Rights-of-Way for new and existing infrastructure
Development Requirements for new infrastructure
Rights-of-Way for public use networks
Development of aerial-wiring networks
Access regulations to private buildings public places etc.
A common ministerial decision which will cover Technical
Specifications for indoor networks of electronic
communication networks is being prepared.
Establishing technical specifications includes a full
installation guide for indoor optical fiber networks
and assures the non-restriction of fiber network
installations in new and existing buildings.
In addition it describes all technical specifications regarding
access to sites
installation and maintenance
operational efficiency etc.
First Semester 2009:
Preparation and Submission of the Project Proposal to the
EC (Competition Committee)
Project approval by the inter-ministerial committee for
PPP consultant selection – Preparation of tender dossiers,
Second Semester 2009:
International public tender for the project.