The first phase of Greece’s tender process to find a universal service provider has ended with a single application, from Wind Hellas. Fixed and mobile operator Wind, which is part of United Group, has offered to provide universal services for a maximum annual compensation of EUR2.052 million (USD2.13 million). Applications for the second phase of the tender process are invited on 23 November.
The universal service provider in Greece undertakes to supply broadband internet access across the entire territory at minimum nominal download/upload speeds of 10Mbps/1Mbps, with guaranteed real-world download rates of at least 4Mbps. The maximum monthly price for the service is EUR27. Alongside internet access, the provider must also offer free unlimited local and long-distance fixed voice calls, or 1,500 minutes of talk time if connectivity is via a mobile network.