Vodafone Greece launched its 5G network last week, following on from launches by its rivals Cosmote and Wind in December 2020. The Vodafone network is available in parts of Athens and Thessaloniki, with 40% of the population expected to be covered by March 2022. At the same time, through the parallel modernisation of the 4G network, Vodafone says its 4G customers will also benefit from an improved connection experience and higher speeds by up to 50%.
The Greek government’s auction of 5G-capable spectrum was completed on 16 December, raising EUR372.3 million (USD450.8 million) for the state. Frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.7GHz and 26GHz bands were sold, alongside permits for the 2100MHz range, some of which are already in use, but are due to expire in 2021.