In collaboration with Ericsson will go ahead Cosmote network development 5G in Greece, following a relevant tender procedure. At the same time, Cosmote is fully modernizing the mobile access network, completely replacing the new 2G / 3G / 4G / 4G + equipment, which will allow the network to gradually upgrade to 5G.
Through the new equipment, Cosmote will continue to offer its customers an unrivaled mobile Internet experience and high quality voice services wherever they are. At the same time, it will significantly improve the energy footprint of the 2G / 3G / 4G / 4G + mobile network, as it will consume less energy and be more environmentally friendly.
5G technology, the next generation of wireless communication, is expected to launch an era of high speeds and unlimited possibilities. 5G enables the provision and management of new interactive and smart services on all connected devices in almost real time. It can serve up to 1,000,000 units per square kilometer and allows maximum speeds to be reached up to 10Gbps. The latency will go down to 1 millisecond with 99.999% communication reliability. 5G will be a lever for the growth of the global economy, with applications in various sectors such as industry, health, telecommunications, transport, smart cities, education, entertainment and more.
The development of the Cosmote 5G will be in line with the auction of the spectrum required and planned by National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) for the 4th quarter of 2020. The launch of 5G services will be launched by Cosmote within 2021. At the same time, Cosmote plans to stop providing 3G services after the end of 2021, so as to make use of the available spectrum resources in more advanced technologies (4G / 4G + / 5G).
THE President and CEO of OTE Group, Mr. Michalis Tsamazsaid about: “5G is the future of telecommunications and a necessary precondition for the Gigabit Society. It is the technology on which all the innovative applications that will change our lives in the near future will run. OTE Group creates the state-of-the-art infrastructure needed by the country and society in the new digital age. We invest heavily to enable our customers to enjoy the innovative services and products brought by 5G. With technology and innovation, we make a world better for everyone. “
“The confidence that Cosmote shows us, choosing us as partners for this milestone deal, regarding the introduction of 5G in Greece and the simultaneous complete modernization of Cosmote's mobile access network, is yet another strong proof of its technological superiority. Ericsson. 5G is an innovation platform that is going to transform digitally for the better in industry, business, society as a whole, around the world. With a high sense of responsibility, we accept Cosmote's invitation to work together to bring 5G and its enormous benefits to Greece and Cosmote customers. “, said Mr. George Pappas, Managing Director of Ericsson Greece.
OTE Group: Leading 5G technology research and development
OTE Group prepares strongly for the future of telecommunications, 5G. Cosmote has already implemented the first 5G test network in Greece, in the Municipality of Zografou, achieving live speeds of over 12Gbps. At the same time, OTE Group contributes to the design and development of new 5G technologies, infrastructures and services, through its participation in 22 European research projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the European telecommunications market globally. It thus enhances its know-how in the new generation of mobile telephony from the earliest stages of technology development and is actively involved in designing and evaluating future technology solutions, commercial applications and innovative business models.