Greece’s leading cellco by subscribers Cosmote has upgraded its 3.5G mobile network with HSUPA technology to give users in selected areas of Athens and Thessaloniki maximum theoretical upload speeds of 1.5Mbps. Simultaneously it has increased the peak HSDPA download speeds accessible in the same areas to 7.2Mbps. HSDPA services are available to at least 40% of the population, whilst the operator claims total 3G/3.5G W-CDMA/HSPA population coverage of over 80%. Also this week, Cosmote is introducing new mobile broadband internet/data packages, including a plan specially for students allowing 5GB of up/downloads for EUR25 per month and an unlimited volume option for EUR49 a month (EUR29.50 under a promotion running until the end of September 2008). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Cosmote, which is wholly owned by Greek incumbent wireline operator OTE, launched its W-CDMA network in May 2004 and commercial HSDPA services in June 2006.