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The Plenary of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission held its first meeting on Wednesday, 17 August 2005, with its new composition in order to discuss all matters that had been pending due to the Administration’s absence and, consequently, to secure the sound operation of both the telecommunications market and the postal services market.

Specifically, the Plenary reached Decisions, among other matters, on the following:

  • To call the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization to a Hearing, on the one hand, for the recent increase in the fixed duty of PSTN and ISDN BRA connections by 0.50 Euros in relation to the prices that are presently applied without the approval of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission, and, on the other hand, for not submitting or for not submitting in due time its cost information, so that the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission may exercise its competencies within the framework of its Annual Cost Control. It should be noted that the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization is obligated to submit to the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission, annually, and within one month from the publication of its financial statements, its services invoices which it is obligated to issue on a cost accountancy basis.
  • To impose fines on COSMOTE, TIM and VODAFONE for violating the telecommunications legislation and the legislation relating to competition regarding the distribution, promotion and invoicing of Number Portability in the Greek market.
  • To examine approximately 12,000 applications for Greek .gr Domain Names and to assign more than 5,500 Names to private and corporate users.
  • To examine 5,523 applications that were submitted by private individuals and companies for the assignment of [.gr.] Domain Names with Latin characters.
  • To assign approximately 40,000 numbers and 14 codes.
  • To call to a Hearing companies for approximately 60 cases of use of non-assigned radio frequencies, of illegal installation of aerials and of illegal use of Domain Names.
  • To issue 4 Licences for the provision of telecommunications services, and specifically 2 for WLAN services, 1 for satellite communications services and 1 for the installation of a wireless microwave core network.
  • To conduct an extraordinary control of 10 postal companies in order to establish that they operate legally.
  • To complete approximately 1,000 applications for the assignment of isolated radio frequencies.
  • To reject Licence issuance applications or to revoke Licenses in 22 cases of fixed ground aerials. (It should be noted that the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission has adjusted the procedure for the issuance of a Licence for the manufacture of mobile telephony aerials according to the recent Decision of the Plenary of the Council of the State No. 1264/2005, according to which the Approval of Environmental Conditions on behalf of the competent Public Authority is rendered necessary).
  • To issue 8 Licences for Special Radio Networks.

According to the statement of the President of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission, Mr. Nikitas Alexandridis, “The primary goal of the new Plenary of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission was to initiate and to resolve all matters that were pending over the past two months, a goal that was indeed achieved. The Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission will continue to exercise its monitoring and controlling role, immediately intervening wherever it deems this necessary in order to secure conditions of fair competition in both the telecommunications market and the postal services market. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the members of the former Administration of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission, and particularly its President, Professor Emmanouil Giakoumakis, for the substantial work that they conducted during their term.”