Greek telco Cosmote has selected Ericsson as its sole 5G RAN equipment supplier. The Swedish vendor says it will be providing its Ericsson Radio System portfolio for a ‘fast and cost-effective transformation to 5G’. Cosmote, which is part of the Deutsche Telekom-backed OTE Group, is aiming to launch its first commercial 5G services in 2021 following the Greek government’s auction of 5G-capable spectrum, which is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
Michael Tsamaz, OTE Group chairman and CEO, commented: ‘5G is the future of telecommunications and a necessary precondition for the Gigabit Society. It is the underlying technology which will be used by all the innovative applications that will change our lives in the near future. OTE Group creates the state-of-the-art infrastructure that our country and society need in the new digital era. We invest heavily to enable our customers to enjoy the innovative services and products brought by 5G.’
Meanwhile, Ericsson says it currently has 86 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 39 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 27 live 5G networks on four continents.