Pierrakakis: Greece officially enters the era of 5G | HELLAS

A strong vote of confidence in the country’s prospects for its presence in the 4th Industrial Revolution is the great interest of telecommunications providers in the auction for 5G mobile phone licenses, which was held with absolute success by the National Telecommunications and Post Commission on Wednesday afternoon.

The auction was the last step for Greece to enter the era of 5G. The total price exceeded the amount of 372,000,000 euros, fully justifying the design of the auction, which for the first time in Greece included all the available radio frequencies.


“SYZEFXIS II” and 5G enter the life of the Greeks

From the beginning, the strategy aimed at both maximizing government revenue and creating growth prospects for business and research activities around fifth-generation networks.

This is the culmination of an intensive effort, which began more than twelve months before the start of the auction and included more than 70 prerequisite actions.

The first 5G networks will start in the first quarter of 2021

Within the first quarter of 2021, the first 5G networks will start operating. Under the terms of the licenses, by the end of 2023, telecommunications providers should be able to provide access to 5G services to at least 60% of the population. This percentage extends to 94% over the next six years, and as part of the government’s strategy for balanced infrastructure development and the avoidance of foreclosures, provision has been made for 5G service to be provided by at least one provider in 42 remote areas, both at the border and inland.

According to moderate estimates, by the end of the decade we will have created up to 69,000 jobs due to the transition to fifth generation networks, while the added value to the national economy from investments in sectors such as Transport, Health and Education may exceed 12.5 billion euros.

Pierrakakis: For the first time as a state we auctioned 4 frequency bands together

The online conference “Digital Economy Forum 2020: Building Digital Greece”, organized by the Association of Information Technology & Communications of Greece (SEPE), focuses on investment, growth and the economy today.

The Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, talking to the president of SEPE, Giannis Syrros, stated that this year “we had a very dense year, a year of many changes in the field of digital governance”, which, as he said, “we experienced, after all , in the context of the new services we have managed to create “.

Referring to the changes in the functioning of the state, Mr. Pierrakakis underlined that “from the beginning we had set gov.gr as the crown jewel of a strategic service to the citizen and simplification of procedures. If you open gov.gr today it has 740 services. We started with 501 that already existed last March and we already see it being embraced by the citizens every day. Very soon we will be at 1,000 services. The goal is, of course, in the end, of course, for all the interaction of the citizen with the State, in the vast majority of the contacts we have with the state, to pass there “.

Mr. Pierrakakis reminded that, as “the Prime Minister stated from the podium of SEPE”, before the end of the year “gov.gr will be an application on our mobile phones. The goal is to be one of the few countries that has this type of application available and on it we will obviously continue to build, as we build on the platform. “

Kyriakos Pierrakakis spoke about the importance of today, as “the auction for the 5th generation networks has just been completed. Greece is now officially entering the era of 5G. I think that the schedule we had set from 2019, that by the end of 2020 we would have completed the auction, was fully complied with. We did it”.

In addition, as the minister explained, “for the first time as a state we auctioned 4 frequency bands together. It was very complicated in itself, it took more than 70 administrative and legislative actions to reach today with a sprint of 12 months or more “and added that” we are very optimistic that especially in terms of 5G, as we have said in the past “We will not miss this train.”

Then, Mr. Pierrakakis presented a series of changes that have either already been completed or are underway. “Great changes have taken place in many areas and also very soon we will have a platform that will open anonymous databases of the Greek State, available to all citizens and businesses, in the same way that we have already started using anonymous data for “drawing conclusions as a whole in the planning of our policy”, said the Minister of Digital Government.

Regarding the need to acquire new skills in combination with the challenges of the pandemic, Mr. Pierrakakis noted that “realizing that all this great change will bring great needs for what we describe in English as” upskilling “of the population, ie to to improve the world’s skills, we started the Digital Citizens’ Academy “.

The Digital Citizens’ Academy is a public portal with more than 200 available courses and, as Mr. Pierrakakis explained, it is also “a first step. What developers describe as a design logic that not only awaits the final product but step-by-step includes many types of deliverables that build on top of each other, which characterizes our broader strategy.

“We have multiple bets ahead of us,” said the Minister of Digital Policy, adding: “We first have the Recovery Fund, we have the Digital Transformation Book which has been published, is currently in consultation and is codifying over 400 IT projects which will will be auctioned and will take place within the next 4 years “.

“For the first time we have access to so much money for IT, we have obviously had in the past the European Structural Funds or financial interventions in general in the various programs but never so many possibilities, this if you will is a Marshall Plan for our time and has huge emphasis on the field of digital governance “, said Kyriakos Pierrakakis.

“The huge bet for us now will be continuing the strategy of many projects, small IT projects with great added value, at the same time, and we have already started to do it, to auction large IT projects, to auction so many projects that it can “the country within this four years to reach the goal, to achieve this big bet which it has set in order to be able to pass to the next digital age”, the minister underlined.

Regarding the vaccination bet, Mr. Pierrakakis noted that “in our minds he may marry the Ministry of Health, but it is not only the health bet, it is also digital”, as it concerns an extremely complex supply chain. “We are assisting in the work of the Ministry of Health in being able to achieve this great process, the most difficult supply chain exercise since World War II,” he said, adding that “a lot of action is needed, which will be done by many means. in a very dense period of time “.

The conclusion drawn, according to Mr. Pierrakakis, “especially in this year of the pandemic”, is that digital media is not something that comes from the future, as the public debate in Greece sometimes wanted, it is something that concerns the present, the here and now and it is something that concerns a lot of chronic issues, from the way we give pensions in our country to every interaction we have with the Public sector, so now I think it has become the property of public opinion that IT it is a helper to the citizen, it is a helper in everyday life, in simplification, in the easiest and best procedures of the State “.

“For this reason and for the first time there is a coordinated way, we would say a synastry, there is a strategy, there are the people, there are financial opportunities, there are all those elements that allow us to believe that we can achieve a very “A very big bet and that is exactly why we will succeed,” said the Minister of Digital Government through the SEPE online conference.

However, Mr. Pierrakakis wanted to clarify that “the bet has not been won yet” but, as he said, “we have a strategy, we have also enshrined in law a number of initiatives that we have achieved with the law on digital governance and electronic communications.” . In fact, Mr. Pierrakakis referred to the “great consensus” with which the law was passed, saying that “it’s worth the credit to all the political parties that supported this initiative” adding that “this is a place that allows consensus, allows to be able to invest because it concerns infrastructure, it concerns the way in which the State, the state can be strengthened, it concerns everyone. We have said that information technology in general reduces inequalities, helps the efficiency of the state, helps the Greek abroad, helps people with disabilities, you can achieve a lot “.

The Minister of Digital Policy confirmed that “design is now digital first”, but, all that has been done, which is extremely dense and which is based on a cumulative effort of the country of many years and in systems that are of the past, which we have expanded, they seem even more precisely because there is so much pending “, and concluded Mr. Pierrakakis:” What I want to dwell on is that we know very well that the goal is not yet has been achieved, that a very strong first step has been made and even more will be done because there is a plan and there are all the possibilities to achieve it and in this we want SEPE, we have SEPE helper, we want help SEPE members and it is something that we will all achieve together “.