Greek mobile operator Wind Hellas has announced that it switched on its 5G mobile network on 18 December – a matter of days after winning frequencies in the country’s multi-band 5G spectrum auction. The network will initially serve Athens and Thessaloniki, while coverage of other major cities will follow in due course. 5G population coverage is expected to exceed 60% within three years. Certified 5G handsets include the Xiaomi Mi 10T, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, the Huawei P40 DS and the Huawei P40 Pro DS. Users can expect to receive download speeds of up to 1Gbps.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Wind agreed to pay a total of EUR119.1 million (USD145.9 million) for 5G-suitable spectrum earlier this month. The frequencies were broken down as follows: 10×5MHz at 3.7GHz (EUR30.3 million), 2×10MHz at 700MHz (EUR50.1 million), 2×20MHz at 2100MHz (EUR35.4 million) and one packet of 26GHz spectrum (EUR3.2 million).