The advanced high speed communication infrastructure is a cornerstone for digital economy, e-government and citizens' access to the Information Society. Achieving the goals of the European Digital Agenda 2020 represents a major challenge for Greece, especially under the current financial downturn. The new broadband networks, both fixed and mobile, constitute a dynamic tool that promotes economic growth, by enabling the delivery of innovative services to both businesses and citizens. However, dealing with the crisis calls for realistic proposals, measurable objectives and viable investment initiatives, deriving from both the State and the private sector under conditions of fair competition.
To explore those opportunities, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) is organizing its 6th International Conference under the topic: "Advanced Communication Infrastructures as a Cornerstone for Europe's Digital Agenda." This two-day conference will be held at the "Dais" Conference Center in Maroussi, Athens on June 2nd & 3rd, 2011. Distinguished Greek and foreign speakers will exchange views with the participants, delivering their expert knowledge and invaluable experiences.
By providing a forum for an open dialogue among representatives of the State, the European Commission, National Regulatory Authorities, service providers and users, we aspire to motivate the Government, the market and the investment community towards the successful implementation of international best practices for rolling out Next Generation Access networks (NGAs).
The Conference will address, among others, the role of universal broadband services in economic growth and social development and the alternatives for broadband network roll out in Greece, in line with the relevant EU initiatives. Speakers will also address the European spectrum optimisation policies for next generation mobile broadband, as well as the conditions for a timely and successful transition to the digital terrestrial television.