Telrad Networks has announced that Greek telco OTE is deploying the BreezeCOMPACT wireless broadband solution to connect rural areas, with Telrad supplying the solution to Greek systems integrator Raycap. The new point-to-multipoint fixed-wireless rural access network will replace existing legacy infrastructure, under a rollout plan to provide voice and broadband services over the new system to 150 sites by the end of 2013. The BreezeCOMPACT product, part of the broadband wireless access portfolio which Telrad acquired from Alvarion in May 2013, provides ‘macro base station performance in an all-outdoor small-cell form factor with software radio design’, and is intended to enable a smooth evolution from WiMAX to LTE.
Elsewhere, OTE reported that its pay-TV service has doubled its number of subscribers in less than a year to reach a customer base of 200,000. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that the telco’s IPTV subscriber base has stalled at a current total of around 48,000 (down from a March 2011 peak of 56,000) and all the recent growth is accounted for by OTE’s DTH satellite service.