Greece is moving ahead for the development of ultra-fast broadband (UFBB) services.

The Ministry of Digital Governance has opened the tender process for one of the biggest public-private partnerships projects (PPP) in Europe with a total budget of 700 million euros.

The UFBB project is accelerating deployment of broadband internet in Greece by developing next generation access (NGA) infrastructure able to deliver services at very high speeds to users throughout the country. The infrastructure will be installed in so-called white NGA areas –where private operators have no plans to make the necessary upgrades due to a lack of profitability. Internet service providers will have open, non-discriminatory access to the new assets.

The ultra-fast broadband (UFBB) services will provide more than 750,000 connections of speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) – upgradeable to 1Gbps- on over 98% of active lines and in 75% of remote settlements in the areas concerned.

For the financing of the project, 300 million euros will come from public funding, 265 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund, 35 million euros from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Rural Development Programme.

The announcement of the flagship PPP Ultra-Fast Broadband project marks the beginning of a series of actions by the Greek Ministry of Digital Governmence and the General Secretariat of Telecommunications to substantially upgrade the connectivity and promotion of Digital Transformation.

The UFBB, along with projects such as the implementation of 5G corridors, the development of submarine cables, inland infrastructure and microsatellites, as well as other smaller-scale actions, constitute an umbrella of actions for Greece’s participation to the European “Gigabit Society” project.

The tender invitation will be open until September 17, 2021. It is addressed to the companies that expressed interest and participated in the competitive dialogue process. In particular:

• Wind Hellas Telecommunications
• Vodafone Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications
• Public Electricity Company
• AVAX Group
• Mytilineos Group – METKA EGN LTD
• INTRACOM Constructions
OTE Group
• TERNA Energy
Group – Grid Telecom