Wind Hellas and Vodafone agree to share fibre networks in Greece

13 Jul 2016

Greek telcos Wind Hellas and Vodafone Greece have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see them collaborate on the rollout of next generation fibre-optic infrastructure. The firms have not disclosed the exact details of their network sharing venture, though a statement from Wind said that the agreement would help Greece meet its EU Digital Agenda targets of providing nationwide coverage of 30Mbps services and 50% coverage of 100Mbps services by 2020. The telco says it has so far invested EUR3 billion (USD3.4 billion) on its fixed and mobile network rollouts across the country, and has recently begun trials of fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology in the Athens region. Reports suggest that the pair are looking to spend around EUR1 billion on their joint fibre rollout.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Wind and Vodafone established a 2G and 3G mobile network sharing venture under the name Victus in 2013. The two parties had been in merger discussions the previous year, but talks were ended when it became clear that the European Commission (EC) would oppose the deal on competition grounds.