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May 16, 2013

Regulation for a smart digital ecosystem in the telecommunications and postal market as well as the challenges and prospects that emerge in the new digital reality, constituted the main subject of discussion in the work of the two-day 8 th International Conference of EETT that was launched today. Distinguished speakers, senior executives representing providers from Greek and international telecommunications and postal services, as well as officials from the European Commission and international regulators participate in the Conference. The opening was greeted by the Deputy Minister of Development, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Mr. Stavros Kalogiannis.

The Deputy Minister referred to the dynamic prospects of the electronic communications and postal services markets in our country and the objectives of the Ministry for further development. In this context and in relation to the electronic communications, the Ministry has already begun, in cooperation with EETT and agencies of the European Union the creation of a "National Broadband Strategy" for the development of "advanced broadband infrastructure" and the introduction of "innovative digital services". As Mr. Kalogiannis' noted “it is a big challenge for our Ministry to develop a comprehensive national fiber infrastructure (FTTH), connecting approximately 2,000,000 households, with an investment mounting to over 1 billion euros, funded by the Greek government and the European Union". In regard to the postal services, the Minister highlighted the significant mobility reported in the market as a result of gradual liberalization and mentioned the parliamentary initiatives of the Ministry in safeguarding smooth operation, ensuring universal service and promoting the development of a healthy and balanced competition for the benefit of users. The Minister concluded his speech by saying: "The digital technology is changing people, both in the production process as well as in everyday life ... Our young scientists bring as a dowry the Greek language and culture that constitute the best possible asset towards an extended and multifaceted expression of their creativity".

The President of EETT and BEREC, Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, highlighted the contribution of both sectors in the Greek economy, emphasizing on the significant growth prospects. As he noted, "The convergence of technologies, the increase in broadband penetration, the booming in data traffic in real time and at high speeds, the smart devices, the hybrid mail, the rapid technological developments and the range of applications in everyday life, create a new digital ecosystem. An ecosystem in which we all, State, Regulator, Market, must actively participate fashioning developments and facilitating its growth for the benefit of the citizens and the economy". Furthermore, Dr. Kanellos referred on the interactions of the two markets, noting, inter alia, the critical contribution of electronic communications in improving the quality of postal services.

The second day of the Conference, in celebration of the World Telecommunication Day (17 May) will focus, inter alia, on the development of new generation networks in Europe, the optimal use of spectrum and networks for seamless transmission of content and the effect of the new world of multiple screens to the interactive media.

The first day speeches of the Conference are available at http://www.eett.gr/conference2013/html/speeches-eng.htm. It is noted that the Conference is broadcasted live from the EETT website at www.eett.gr.