Greek fixed and mobile operator Cosmote, which is part of the Deutsche Telekom-backed OTE Group, has launched what it says is Greece’s first trial 5G network. The firm claimed to have reached download rates of over 12Gbps on the infrastructure during its outdoor trials in the Athens suburb of Zografou. Cosmote is working with Nokia and Ericsson on its 5G tests.
The Chairman and CEO of OTE Group, Michael Tsamaz, said: ‘5G is the future of telecommunications. All the innovative applications that will change our lives, such as remote medical surgery and self-driving cars, will run on this technology. All these sound distant, but they are not. We are already preparing for 5G by developing the pilot network in Zografou and through our participation in numerous European research programmes.’
Meanwhile, Greece’s telecoms regulator, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT), is inviting applications for trial permits to test 5G equipment in the 3400MHz-3800MHz and 24.25GHz-27.5GHz bands.