Greek cellco Cosmote, part of incumbent national telco OTE, has launched a hybrid fixed-mobile broadband service which combines the group’s VDSL networks with its 3G and 4G mobile infrastructure to provide customers with download speeds of up to 100Mbps. The new service, Cosmote Home Speed Booster, is being offered for EUR15 (USD17) a month. The service monitors the available speeds on the networks and switches to a 4G or 3G mobile connection if the fixed VDSL system becomes congested and speeds begin to slow. Cosmote says the hybrid access router is provided at no additional cost.
In November last year rival operator Vodafone Greece launched a pilot of its own fixed-mobile bonding service, though it has still to announce a commercial launch date. As well as using the greater capacity to provide improved speeds, Vodafone has said that the converged system ‘ensures uninterrupted operation of fixed internet, even when one of the two networks, fixed or mobile, is temporarily unavailable’.