Commission approves €50m voucher scheme in Greece

The vouchers are aimed at providing faster broadband services in the country, reducing the digital divide across the EU

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition Policy

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a voucher scheme to support the take-up in Greece of broadband services with download speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second (Mbps). The measure will contribute to reducing the digital divide, in line with the objectives of the EU's Digital Single Market, while limiting distortions of competition at the same time. The scheme will be also accompanied by a detailed evaluation to assess its impact. The results of this evaluation will be submitted by Greece to the Commission by December 2021.

"The Greek Superfast broadband project aims to increase the number of consumers adopting the Superfast broadband services. The voucher scheme will help more people use higher speed broadband services in areas where suitable infrastructure is available but insufficiently used," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said regarding the measure.

The aim of the Greek authorities is to increase the number of consumers using "Superfast Broadband Services", which are defined by Greece as broadband services ensuring download speeds of at least 100 Mbps, readily upgradable to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). Infrastructure able to provide these broadband services is already available in Greece, but the take-up is very low. Now, the vouchers will support increased take-up by covering part of the set-up costs and of the monthly fee for a maximum of 24 months. Users will be able to activate the vouchers until 31 March 2020.

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