At the same time, the COSMOTE proceeds with the total modernization of the mobile access network, completely replacing the 2G / 3G / 4G / 4G + equipment with a new one, which will enable the gradual upgrade of the network to 5G.
Through the new equipment, the COSMOTE will continue to offer its customers an unsurpassed 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 will be more environmentally friendly.
Technology 5G, the next generation of wireless communication, is expected to usher in an era of high speeds and unlimited possibilities.
The 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 devices per square kilometer and allows maximum speeds of up to 10Gbps. The response time (latency) will drop to 1 millisecond with simultaneous communication reliability at 99,999%. The 5G will be a lever for the development of the world economy, with the possibility of application in various sectors such as industry, health, telecommunications, transport, "smart" cities, education, entertainment, etc.
Its development COSMOTE 5G will be held in connection with the auction of the required spectrum, and which is planned by the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) for the 4th quarter of 2020. The commercialization of services 5G will start from COSMOTE within 2021. At the same time, the COSMOTE plans to stop providing 3G services after the end of 2021, in order to use the available resources of the spectrum in more advanced technologies (4G / 4G + /5G).
The President and CEO of OTE Group, Mr. Michalis Tsamaz, stated in this regard:
"The 5G is the future of telecommunications and a prerequisite for their Society Gigabit. 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 that the country and society need in the new digital age. We invest dynamically, so that our customers can enjoy the innovative services and products brought by 5G. "With technology and innovation, we are building a world that is better for everyone."
"The trust that the COSMOTE, selecting us as partners for this landmark agreement, which concerns its introduction 5G in Greece and at the same time the complete modernization of its mobile access network COSMOTE, is another strong proof of its technological superiority Ericsson. This 5G is a platform of innovation, which is going to digitally transform for the better the industry, the companies, the society as a whole, all over the world. With a high sense of responsibility, we accept her invitation COSMOTE to work together to bring it 5G and its huge benefits to Greece and its customers COSMOTE. », Said Mr. George Pappas, CEO of Ericsson Greece.