Greek telco Wind Hellas has switched on a trial 5G mobile network at the Thessaloniki International Fair. The firm is giving attendees the chance to experience 5G technology using Huawei Mate 20X handsets, though commercial services are not expected to be implemented until next year at the earliest. In October 2018 Wind also signed an agreement with local authorities in the city of Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula to install a pilot 5G network.
Greece’s telecoms regulator, the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (Ethniki Epitropi Tilepikoinonion kai Tachydromeion, EETT), is planning a sale to allocate 5G-capable spectrum, including 2×30MHz in the 700MHz band, 65MHz in the 1500MHz range, 2×15 plus 2×45MHz in the 2100MHz band, 280MHz at 3.6GHz and 2,500MHz in the 24GHz-28GHz range. While some frequencies will be sold via auction, others will be offered for free. Greece is currently home to three mobile network operators (MNOs), Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind.