Regional tenders for the development of broadband access in Greece have been won by domestic ISPs Hellas Online and ForthNet, and Greek Cypriot telco Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta). Under a government plan to raise broadband penetration, the country was divided into seven regions, with operators able to bid for contracts in up to three regions. Hellas Online will undertake sub-projects for zones One, Two and Four, with a total budget of EUR85.2 million (USD112.5 million), ForthNet won the contracts for zones Six and Seven (budget of EUR55.6 million) and Cyta will roll out services in zone Five (budget of EUR27.7 million). No proposals were submitted for zone Three. The programme covers the whole country, with the exception of the district of Attica and the metropolitan area of Thessaloniki, with a total budget of EUR210 million, 50% of which is funded by public money, with the other half covered by private participants.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Hellas Online was taken over by Greek IT group Intracom in 2005, before Russia’s Comstar bought a 51% stake in the ISP in October 2006. In the same month, Hellas Online acquired Attikes Telecoms, which operates a 450km fibre-optic network in the Athens area.