Greek telco OTE has announced that, since launching commercial VDSL broadband services just over a year ago in November 2012, it has rolled out VDSL coverage of over one million households, supported by a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network architecture including 1,600km of optical fibre cables. The statement said that ‘VDSL is available in Attica, Thessaloniki and another 80 cities in Greece through telephone exchanges, and in neighbourhoods of Attica, Alexandroupolis, Xanthi, Komotini and Serres through 1,700 VDSL cabinets’. More than 40,000 customers have signed up to OTE’s VDSL services, ‘exceeding initial expectations’, it added.
OTE’s Cosmote mobile subsidiary also launched commercial 4G LTE services in November 2012, and OTE’s latest announcement claims that it has now reached 55% of the population with its LTE network – or ‘twice the coverage’ of rival Vodafone (although not independently confirmed) – with a presence in 30 main cities and in more than 100 regions across Greece. Over 100,000 Cosmote subscribers to date have activated access to its 4G network, driving a threefold 4G data traffic increase during the past half-year.