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Research by Country/Region January 20, 2018  
Greece: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO THE WORLDWIDE FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4 TO 3.7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 31 GHZ) AND UNLICENSED BANDS

The Greece’s government has allocated spectrum for wireless technologies as follows: fixed wireless access, 3.5 Ghz; LMDS, 26 Ghz. Regulations require the use of a public tender process for granting user licenses. (LMDS stands for local multi-point distribution services.)

B. DEMAND OR NEED FOR BFW SERVICES

There is limited but growing demand for new BFW services. For example, if BFW Internet connectivity were available as a faster, competitively priced alternative to connectivity over wired lines, many existing customers would switch to BFW.

C. LICENSING

BFW providers do need a license to build and operate networks. These licenses can be applied for at the Hellenic National Telecommunication and Post Commission (http://www.eett.gr, see pull-down menu at telecommunications/licensing).

D. FOREIGN OWNERSHIP LIMITS

None.

E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS

There are standard tariffs. These are devised by the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE). They can be found in OTE’s Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO). (text of RIO can be found at http://www.eett.gr (pull down menu at telecommunications/interconnection -- currently only in Greek but English version is forthcoming).

F. OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW

N/A.

G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?

The Greek market for BFW services is still in its infancy. The extent to which BFW services are being offered by domestic or international firms is therefore still very limited.

H. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS

The companies (with frequency bands used) listed below acquired licenses in late 2000. Theoretically, these companies offer services throughout Greece. Most have recently begun to roll-out a limited range of services.

Company Frequency Band

OTE 3.5Ghz
Europrom 3.5Ghz
Info-Quest 3.5Ghz
Mediterranean broadband services 26Ghz
Cosmote 26Ghz
Stet 26Ghz
Tellas 26Ghz
Vodaphone 26Ghz

I. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES, AND IMPORT DUTIES

U.S. exporters of wireless equipment need to comply with EU regulations regarding performance standards
and certification procedures. U.S.-made equipment can be offered in the Greek market provided it complies with the provisions of the EU's Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) directive. This directive(1999/5/ec, approved by European Council on March 9, 1999) was incorporated into Greek legislation by presidential decree.

RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Athens, Greece, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Debbie Priamou
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Embassy, Athens
Debbie.Priamou@mail.doc.gov

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