Greece to Launch Free Nationwide Wi-Fi In 2014

Greece to Launch Free Nationwide Wi-Fi In 2014

Greece will launch free nationwide wifi in 2014

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced that he plans to cover Greece with a Wi-Fi cloud and give everybody in the country free internet access. Samaras made the statement during a televised interview broadcasted on Mega TV during which he also spoke about current affairs.

Although he did not offer much detail on how his government would accomplish this nationwide wifi cloud, he said that the process has already started and that Greece will have free wi-fi for all in 2014.

During his televised interview he also mentioned that he will make available to Greek youth that wants to start a business in Greece up to 8% of the new European Union funds that are distributed to Greece, also known as NSRF (ΕΣΠΑ).

Greece is trying to attract investors and give hope to its young generation which is facing up to 60% unemployment and free internet will definitely reduce household expenses by one bill per month.

But there is more to this initiative than just saving money for the average citizen. The Greek Prime minister wants to give a signal to society and the international community that Greece can follow Estonia’s path and become a technology hub.

The Startup Plan to Change a Culture

During his last trip to the USA Antonis Samaras had mentioned that for his government it is a priority to help Greek startups succeed. Answering Greek Reporter’s question on how Greece can reinvent its culture of violent protests and replace them with a culture of prosperity, Samaras responded by offering a plan to help Greek startups.

“This is a major issue and needs a lot of time to be addressed properly. It is not easy to change a culture but we want to help the youth be able to start businesses,” said the Greek PM.

“I understand that many young people have great ideas but no collateral to go to the banks and ask them for funding. We are working towards changing that and I hope soon there will be available funding for Greek start-ups and that young people will be able to go to the banks and get funding just with a great business plan. We want to help and I wish we will have the liquidity to do so.”

“I am also working towards finding a building which will house start-ups without paying rent and make this place a generator of ideas and new companies that will create jobs,” concluded the Greek Prime minister to Greek Reporter.

  • john K.

    Yeah right, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • The Truth is…

    It’s all bla…bla…bla…It’s the profession and the qualifications of politicians the bla…bla…bla…Don’t believe what they say…

  • Ak

    Cut your salaries! Change the law that politicians can be prosecuted! The Lagarde lists I guess we forgot about that, because there all involved!

  • AngeTKenos

    IF this goes ahead, and who will pay for it, tourism will benefit enormously. But so too will communications between villages and between them and the diaspora. I wait to see this succeed

  • just an observer

    You forget to mention that the initial question was if he believed that the youth in Greece distrust the political system – he did not even answer the question, he just randomly inserted how he is going to bring free wifi – please be more critical with your posts

  • The Truth is…

    Of course all past and present politicians are involved that’s why the “Lagarde List” is still in hiding…They won’t dare to get it out in the open…

  • Dion

    Free wifi , so they can introduce electronic currency . A cashless society, therefore a non tax evading one as well. If you don’t believe me , google the show Russia Today and look up a video with this expert where he was saying that Greece should introduce a parallel electronic currency so there could be some liquidity in the local market.
    Bring back the drachma.

  • leo fouseki

    moderation by who you clowns?

  • Think again

    Benefit the tourism? Quite the contrary. I’ll stop coming to Greece if there is electrosmog everywhere. I want to relax and sleep well on my vacation.

  • Dragan

    the countdown to free wi-fi era has started! http://freegreekwifi.blogspot.gr/