The Greek government is set to launch a scheme later this month to provide subsidised fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity for low-income households. A report from Ekathimerini says that the Athens areas of Palaio Faliro and Vyronas, plus Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese will be the first to receive the offer. The areas of Moschato in Athens, Kalamaria in Thessaloniki and Larissa in Thessaly will follow in September. The state will provide a EUR13 (USD15) subsidy towards the estimated monthly cost of EUR40-EUR46, as well as a one-off EUR48 payment to cover initial equipment costs. Service connection is being supported by any of the country’s three main FTTH providers – Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind – regardless of which firm deploys the actual fibre network past the customer premises.
The government has set aside EUR700 million to improve broadband connectivity across Greece, with EUR250 million specifically targeting high speed FTTH services. Authorities are hoping the scheme will attract up to 140,000 new users in its first year of operation. FTTH network coverage in Greece is currently extremely limited, with most broadband services provided over fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC)/VDSL networks.