Unbundled lines near 900,000 at end-September

8 Oct 2009

Around 884,000 Greeks had signed up to unbundled local loop (ULL) services by the end of September 2009, meaning that they bought all their fixed line rental, fixed voice and/or ADSL internet services from alternative operators to former monopoly OTE, which receives a fee for usage of the last-mile from the altnets. According to a report in Imerisia.gr, there were around 60,000 new ULL connections added in the third quarter of 2009, compared to more than 90,000 in both the first and second quarters of the year, mostly due to seasonal factors. Hellas Online (HOL) added the most ULLs in June-September – 33,000 – taking its total to 248,000, as it continued to close the gap on ForthNet, which signed up 19,000 net new ULL customers in the three-month period for a total of 276,000 at end-September. HOL’s momentum has been helped by a recently announced strategic partnership with Vodafone Greece. Tellas (the fixed network division of Wind Hellas) reached 182,000 ULL subscribers at the same date, after activating 4,000 net new lines in the third quarter – a disappointing result given its strategic push aimed specifically at unbundled business. On Telecoms and Vivodi’s ULL totals fell by 2,000 and 3,000 respectively in Q3 to stand at 104,000 and 30,000 by the end of the quarter, whilst Cypriot-owned Cyta Hellas, which has been active in the market for just under a year, added around 10,000 net new ULLs to give it 35,000 in total. On Telecoms has two merger deals pending completion through which it aims to absorb both Vivodi and Net One (the latter with 8,000 ULLs at end-3Q).