Greek national telco OTE has chosen equipment from US-based Aperto Networks to deploy a pilot WiMAX network at Mount Athos in the Halkidiki region, ahead of a planned nationwide rollout. Heletel, Aperto’s Greek distributor, has been contracted to install the wireless broadband infrastructure, as well as providing ongoing support. Heletel will deploy Aperto’s PacketMAX 5000 base stations, and its PM 100 subscriber units, PM20 indoor VoIP gateway routers, and a WaveCenter EMS Pro element management system. OTE, which holds a 3.5GHz point-to-multipoint nationwide wireless licence, currently provides telephony services to approximately 200,000 residential users in remote areas across Greece using legacy wireless access systems operating in the 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz bands. The former monopoly aims to build a nationwide 3.5GHz network to offer consumers and businesses broadband internet access alongside a wide range of data communications services, including MPLS, VPN, leased line, VoIP, telemedicine, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce.