Greece to Offer Free Wifi in Public Places, Mass Transit and Tourist Hotspots



Greek authorities are planning over the next few months to install approximately 3,000 wireless access points in public areas, including buses and trolley buses, it was announced on Tuesday.

The free WiFi program, with an initial budget of € 11.8 million and a total budget of € 14.8 million, and implemented by the Digital Policy ministry, aims to cover as many areas as possible throughout Greece, including the islands and tourist destinations.

This is the second time Greece has attempted to set up a nationwide, public WiFi network. The previous program, launched in 2014, which provided for the creation of 600 hot spots, failed to be implemented.

The exact areas where the system will be installed will be proposed by municipalities and will cover both open-air and enclosed public spaces, such as squares, pedestrian zones, playgrounds, municipal libraries and museums.

When a user first connects to the Wifi network, they will not need to input any data, but the connection will have a time limit, most likely one hour of continuous connection. The user will be automatically disconnected at that time, but will only have to follow the same procedure to reconnect.

The project will offer the possibility of simultaneous internet connection for a total of 80 people who are traveling on buses and trolleybuses.