GREECE: Realization of Pilot broadband infrastructure project using PPP
PPP4Broadband partners have recently started the phase of pilot actions realization (= pilot broadband infrastructure projects using Public-Private Partnership) in 4 pilot areas. It´ our pleasure to provide you with description of all of them in terms of geography, socio-economic situation and current broadband coverage.
The pilot area situated in Greece - southern suburbs of the city of Patras
The Region of Western Greece stretches from the northwest part of the Peloponnese to the western tip of the Greek mainland. It is one of the 13 Regions of Greece, is separated in 3 administrative districts, the Regional Units of Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Elia and covers an area of 11.336 square kilometres. For the most part the terrain it is mountainous (45,3%) or hilly (25,6%), while only 29,1% consists of plains.
According to the 2011 census, the population of the Region of Western Greece is 679.796. This makes it the fourth most populated Region of Greece, with 7% of the country’s total population.
The selected Regional Testing Areas is the southern suburbs of the city of Patras (Thea, Kallithea and Krini), that concentrate the characteristics of Rural/excluded areas in terms of population density but at the same time it presents low broadband penetration and low-speed connection lines.
It includes, 386 buildings and 1350 people with a population density of 48,86 ppl/km2 and the perspective is residential growth in the future. Currently, it is underserviced with low-speed connection lines and a broadband penetration (Double Play < 24MBps) of 14,25%.It is located between the existing Wifi Networks of the Municipality of Patras and the forthcoming National Rural Broadband network coverage area, thus presenting a gap in the future broadband coverage map of the larger area.
The required capacity of the backhaul infrastructure has been calculated, along with the distances, the geomorphology, the area to be covered and the costs for design, development and operation of the Demo activities. As a financial mechanism the initiative ‘Connected Communities’ of European Commission is under consideration since it provides a concrete supporting mechanism for the development of broadband infrastructures within EU.