Speaking on the sidelines of the European Broadband Awards on 20 November, Hogan told EURACTIV.com, “Greece is one of the finest Mediterranean countries in terms of the diversified nature of our products, and of course we need rural broadband for all of our people in Greece to be able to produce more.”
He added that rural broadband would be a key factor to incentivise Greek people to live in rural areas and that being provided with the necessary technologies would improve quality of life.
Referring to the general improvement of the country’s finances, he noted it was a “positive sign” because the figures show it. “And I think they [the Greek people] are starting to feel it now,” he emphasised.
Rural broadband project
The European Broadband Awards is an annual event where the European Commission recognises outstanding broadband deployment projects in Europe. For 2017, Greece won the “territorial cohesion in rural and remote areas” prize with the large-scale project “Rural Broadband”.