Top archaeological body approves project for free Wi-Fi at 19 archaeological sites

4 December 2015
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A proposal by Greek telecom company Cosmote to provide free Wi-Fi to visitors of 19 major archaeological sites and museums around the country was given the green light by the Central Archaeological Council (CAC), Greece’s highest advisory body on the country’s cultural heritage.

According to the proposal, Cosmote will undertake the design and studies for the development of the infrastructure network, the installation and construction costs, as well as the supervision of operation and maintenance. The company will prepare an on-site study which will be submitted for approval to the Ministry of Culture.

The project concerns the archaeological site of Akrotiri in Santorini, Delos, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes, the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, Ancient Olympia, the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion, the Acropolis of Lindos, Knossos, Delphi, Epidaurus, Sounion, the Acropolis of Mycenae, the island of Spinalonga, the Royal Tombs of Aigai in Vergina, Dodona, ancient Corinth and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

Dimitris Athanasoulis, a member of the Council and head of the Ephorate in Cyclades described the initiative as “excellent and valuable”, especially for the site of Delos “were even telephone communication is insufficient”.

“It is a humanitarian issue to have this internet connection to Delos,” he said, adding that it will contribute significantly to the implementation of innovative digital tours, currently being planned by the Ephorate.

The project will be tried first at Akrotiri, Delos, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes and the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, while the company didn’t exclude the possibility of expanding the sponsorship to more than these 19 sites.

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