Greece, the country that aspires to be a tech hub and the basis for digital nomads, has the slowest and most expensive internet across Europe.
In a study presented by the European Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, in several countries a significant percentage of cities have a connection slower than 30 Mbps.
Greece is at the bottom of the EU member states with just 29 Mbps, when top countries like Denmark and France have average download speed of 140 and 139 Mbps respectively.
“In France, Italy and Latvia this percentage is just over 50 percent. The Czech Republic and Slovakia reach 65.4 percent and 70.1 percent, respectively, with peaks coming close to complete coverage in Cyprus (85 percent), Croatia (89.2 percent) and Greece (93.2 percent).”
Comparing the data collected by Speed test in Q1 and Q4 2020, we can see that all countries, albeit to varying degrees, experienced higher average download speeds in the latter part of the year. This may be due to a number of factors, from progress network development to the fact that many people during the pandemic have been forced to invest in a fast connection in order to work from home. Overall, the infrastructure seems to have held up to increased traffic and demand for high performance.
In Greece’s rural areas internet speed is miserable, Greeks posted on social media, while I have to say that also in Athens there are times when the internet speed can drive one nuts. Completely.
It lags like a heavy loaded donkey having to climb a hill under the hot summer sun.
Other EU studies have shown that Greece has also the most expensive internet across EU – and for this blame the fixed prices among the several providers that in fact offer the same expensive price.