Greek cellco Cosmote has expanded its 4G network coverage to 70% of the population, as of the beginning of 2015, an increase from 65% in October 2014 – and in line with its target announced at the same date. Having acquired additional frequency licences in the 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrums that month (which become valid in February 2015), the operator has focused on improving 4G coverage and testing faster download speeds. As such, the cellco demonstrated speeds in excess of 200Mbps at the 16th InfoCom World Conference in October and subsequently claimed to have achieved 250Mbps downlink speeds in laboratory conditions in November. Cosmote’s 4G network now covers all cities with more than 50,000 residents, and the cellco offers more than 80% coverage in Athens and over 90% in Thessaloniki, as well as covering ‘many popular tourist destinations’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the only other Greek operator to offer 4G services is Vodafone, which covers at least 60% of Athens and Thessaloniki as well as selected parts of other major towns and cities.