Superfast Broadband Voucher Project

The Voucher for Superfast Broadband (SFBB) services is an intervention of the “National Broadband Next Generation Access Plan 2014-2020” designed by the General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post of the Ministry of Digital Policy Telecommunications and Media.

Objective of the project

The project aims at the stimulation demand for access to broadband services on ultra-high speed of at least 100 Mbps readily upgradable to 1 Gbps. This will be achievable with the subsidized “Superfast Broadband Voucher” that contributes to bridging the longstanding country’s digital divide and improving its digital performance in EU “Digital Economy and Society Index” (DESI) related to connectivity as well as familiarizing citizens with next generation broadband networks.

The Superfast Broadband project is included in a set of projects of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media that will significantly contribute to the country’s convergence and harmonization with the Digital Agenda for Europe -DAE 2020 as well as the European Commissions’ objectives for 2025 in the context of the policy on “Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society”, which sets ambitious connectivity goals and 5G network development.

The project is aiming at a critical mass of end-users contributing to the adaptation and expansion of new generation broadband services in Greece, and also boosting the current low national ranking compared to EU countries for the use of superfast broadband connectivity networks by the households (0.01% of households).

During the current year it is estimated that the SFBB project will provide high speed Internet access to approximately 150,000 citizens, (both residential and business users).

Currently, the provision of SFBB services over broadband networks is available to a number of Regions of the country, such as Attica, Piraeus, Larissa, Thessaloniki and Laconia.

Superfast Broadband Services

These consist of retail online communications services of any kind (1, 2, 3 or 4-play) including the following components:

  • Necessary terminal equipment (modem/router) for its operation
  • Access to the Internet with download speed of at least 100Mbps readily upgradable to 1 Gbps

Provisions

A one-off Voucher that amounts to a maximum of EUR 360 for each beneficiary of the project (citizens and undertakings included)

  • High speed internet connection costs amounting to EUR 13 per month for a maximum of 24 months following the entry into force of the project and the activation of the vouchers.
  • A one-off connection costs amounting to EUR 48.

Recipients of the project – Beneficiaries

  1. Citizens (individuals/residential users and business users and undertakings)
  2. Registered & Certified Telecommunication Service Providers {with an approved license from the Greek National Regulatory Authority “Telecommunications & Post Commission” (EETT) for the provision of online communications services in category B0104}.

Duration of Project Implementation – Application Period

The activation of the SFBB Vouchers will be possible until 31 March 2020.

Geographic coverage areas

Due to the fact that Superfast Broadband Voucher Services are scattered all over country, the website of Superfast Broadband will be continually enriched with the areas where services will be available as they result from the gradual deployment of new private networks of telecommunication providers.

Beginning of subscription

The subscription to the site of the project is available to the citizens from 04.06.2018. In order to investigate the availability of SFBB services in the area of their residence or business activity, the beneficiaries of the project are recommended to visit the site in advance and at regular intervals.

Prerequisite for the reception of SFBB services – Procedure

  • Issuance of the SFBB Voucher using the credentials (username / password) of the “TAXISNET” information system of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR)
  • Redeeming the Voucher to the Telecommunications Provider of their choice

Budget of the project:

The project’s budget amounts to € 50.000.000 (expandable according to demand)

Financing:

Public Investment Programme

Proposal and Operation Institution: 

Owner of the Ultrafast Broadband project is the General Secretariat for Telecommunications and Post (GSTP) of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media.

Implementation

The project is implemented by the Executive Agency for ESIF on ICT sector in the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media.

Operational support for the project:

National Network of Research & Technology (GRNET SA)

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