Greek cellco Wind Hellas has reported that its new HSPA+ network has reached 89% coverage of the population of capital city Athens and 92% of Greece’s second city Thessaloniki, following a rollout begun in the second half of last year. According to independent test results in the two cities, the network’s peak download speeds reach above 21Mbps and average 14.8Mbps. Wind plans to carry out similar upgrades in the coming months in other tourist areas on the Greek mainland, certain islands and the southern Peloponnese peninsula.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Wind launched its 3G W-CDMA network in 2004 and 3.5G HSPA upgrade in 2006, before selecting Huawei for a HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ upgrade in June 2011 as part of a contract involving the deployment of an entire new radio network, based on the Chinese firm’s SingleRAN platform and multi-mode base station controllers. Athens and Thessaloniki were the first cities scheduled to be comprehensively covered by the new network by mid-2012 – a target which has been met – with national coverage planned in 2013. Wind reports that its 3.5G network now covers 73% of the population, compared to 80% 3G W-CDMA coverage recorded in September 2011, and it plans to offer 3G/3.5G services across its entire GSM network footprint – which covers more than 99% of the population – by 2015. Concurrently, under a three-year contract handed to Nokia Siemens Networks in May 2011, Wind is rolling out a new IP/MPLS backbone network, over which the operator is phasing in the convergence of all its mobile and fixed services, the database notes.