Wind's 42Mbps upgrade a breeze for Chinese

8 Jun 2011

Greek mobile, broadband and fixed line operator Wind Hellas has issued a three-year wireless radio network rollout contract to China’s Huawei Technologies, including the upgrade of its mobile data capabilities to 42Mbps maximum download speed, using Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA+ technology. The project will involve the deployment of an entire new radio network for Wind, based on Huawei’s SingleRAN platform and multi-mode base station controllers. Work on the modernisation will begin immediately, with Athens and Thessaloniki the first cities scheduled to be covered by the new network by mid-2012, followed by the rest of Greece, and the project is expected to be finished ‘by 2013’ according to Wind’s press release. The company also reported that its transport network will be upgraded with an ‘ultra high speed’ all-IP converged platform. Although the value of the contract was not disclosed, investment in the new mobile infrastructure will account for a large part of the operator’s predicted EUR300 million (USD439 million) CAPEX for the next three years.