In the country with the most expensive internet in Europe, the government recommends to citizens locked up in their homes to not hang out on internet during peak hours in order to not challenge “the smooth, uninterrupted and responsible operation of the telecommunication networks.”
According to Greek Ministry of Digital Governance, citizens should not use online entertainment applications, social media and video calls during peak hours (from 9 am to 6 pm).
Reason: the resilience of the network due to needs for teleworking and distance learning during the lockdown, the Ministry of Digital Government announces.
The Ministry emphasized that it is “in constant communication with the telecommunication providers in order to ensure the smooth operation of the fixed and wireless networks throughout the period of validity of the emergency measures of restriction of traffic in the middle of lockdown and professional activity.”
The Ministry recommends among others:
Avoid the use of online entertainment applications during peak hours, ie from 9 am to 6 pm. This creates the required availability on the networks for the effective operation of distance learning and teleworking applications.
Give priority to the use of fixed networks for making telephone calls and avoid, if they are not necessary for our communication, video calls.
Avoid sending large files without a previous compression process, if possible. Likewise, avoid sending bulk emails with large volumes of attachments.
Keep the software of all home appliances that have internet access up to date, based on the instructions and recommendations of the manufacturers.
PS, No, the Ministry of Digital Governance did not recommended also any internet fee reduction for the citizens who will comply with its recommendations. They will have to pay full even though they will – “theoretically” – abstain from internet usage 9am-6am for 3 weeks.