Greece, a founding member of ITU, is a candidate for re-election at the ITU Council in Region B (Western Europe)
A message from the Minister:
I firmly believe on ITU’s crucial role in making our lives smarter and trustworthy, in accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, on harnessing the benefits of new technologies for all, on establishing effective partnerships and contributing to the development of all regions, but mostly on ITU’s contribution to the co-prosperity of ALL humanity. In this respect, and based on our commitment to ITU’s vision, we are eager to work closely with all delegates during the 21st Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest Romania, to discuss technological development and the opportunities of expanding affordable and reliable connectivity to all regions and in all continents. In the view of our strong and cordial bilateral relations in all aspects, we look forward to your support to our candidature for the ITU Council in Region B.
Microsatellites in Greece accelerating Universal Connectivity and Sustainable Digital Transformation
The General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Post in ITU
A video message from the Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post, Dr. Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas
To honour the participants of the 2022 ITU Council in Geneva, Greece offered a coffee break where the Greek delegation welcomed the Secretary General of ITU, H.E. Houlin Zhao, the Director of BDT, Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin and the Director of TSB, Dr. Chaesub Lee.
GREECE at WSIS 2022
High Level Participant, Dr. Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas, Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post of the Ministry of Digital Governance in following sessions:
Hellas Sat has received from the ITU Secretary General the Award of Champion, during the WSIS (Word Summit on the Information Society) Prizes 2022 Ceremony, on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 in ITU HQ, with the participation of all countries.
Hellas Sat has provided free, unlimited satellite broadband connectivity to 127 public clinics and hospitals across Zimbabwe thus ensuring health information gathering, access to patients’ vital medical history and facilitation of interconnectivity of vaccination centers.
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GREECE present at ITU Initiatives
This side event was jointly co-organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece, Austrian Economics Center, UN-Habitat and U4SSC Country Hub – Austria. For more information press here.
GREECE present at WTDC, Kigali, Rwanda
The Secretary General, Dr. Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas presented two pledges of over 800mil euros at the High Level Panel 7 of the P2C initiative
Submitted two pledges:
- Super Fast Broadband (SFBB) in Greece – Public Intervention in a Voucher Scheme to promote Connectivity and Digital Infrastructure
- Ultra Fast Broadband (UFBB) in Greece – A Large-Scale Project based on a Public-Private-Partnership scheme
GREECE at Com-ITU
TECHNOLOGY in ANCIENT GREECE
The Antikythera mechanism
The Antikythera mechanism is a hand-powered orrery, described as the oldest example of an analog computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses, decades in advance. For more information press here.
The Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2025 of Greece, called also the ‘Digital Bible’, sets the priorities for the digital transformation of the country and underlines 7 primary objectives as well as supporting activities across specific areas, such as initiatives aimed at citizens or the education sector.
Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis and European Commission Vice-President, Margaritis Schinas, open the new headquarters of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) in Athens. For more information press here.
Greece in Space
The island of Crete plays an important role on the Copernicus altimetry constellation and also on international stage. The last two decades, satellites are calibrated soon after launch from the main altimeter calibration station located at the islet of Gavdos, the southern part of the Greek island Crete.
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Our National Broadband Plan describes a series of measures over a period of 7 years (until 2027) with a total investment of 2.492 billion euros, that includes high broadband connectivity across the country, but also 5G and microsatellite networks and the installation of submarine cables to the Greek islands. These measures concern the implementation of Large-Scale projects that include the deployment of fibre optic infrastructure offering speeds of 1Gbps, but also the development of satellite networks in low-Earth orbit that may offer broadband capacity across rural areas.
GRNET S.A. – National Infrastructures for Research and Technology
GRNET S.A. – National Infrastructures for Research and Technology, operating since 1998, is one of the largest public sector technology companies in Greece and operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Governance.
GRNET provides networking, cloud computing, HPC, data management services and e-Infrastructures and services to academic and research institutions, to educational bodies at all levels, and to all agencies of the public sector.
In Greece, the demand for connectivity services exploded by nearly 70%, as people relied entirely on digital services. The Greek government converted crisis to an opportunity, by establishing new reforms that advocated the digital transformation of our country. In this context, we introduced the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) “Greece 2.0” that was approved by ECOFIN on 13 July 2021. This plan includes 106 investments and 68 reforms, utilizing investment resources of 31.16 billion euros that will mobilize a total of 60 billion euros in investments in the country over the next five years.