Net One to offer WiMAX access; soon to complete merger with On Telecoms

9 Apr 2009

Greek ISP Net One has formed an agreement with Canadian-owned Craig Wireless Hellas to provide its subscribers with wireless broadband access via Craig Wireless’ WiMAX networks in the Athens and Thessaloniki regions. The agreement gives Net One non-exclusive access for an indefinite term to the WiMAX network, enabling it to deliver fixed and nomadic wireless broadband services to approximately 25% of Greece’s population. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that Craig Wireless built out its WiMAX infrastructure under a partnership with another Greek telco and ISP, Lannet Communications, although the rollout was scaled back after it emerged in July 2008 that Lannet was suffering financial difficulties.

Net One, which merged with fellow ISP Algonet in April 2008, also announced this month that a merger with Greek triple-play provider On Telecoms is pending, subject to final negotiations. Net One provides broadband internet and voice telephony over an unbundled local loop (ULL) ADSL network. On Telecoms launched IPTV, telephony and broadband internet services in January 2007, which it delivers over a combination of ULLs and its own direct fibre network.