COSMOTE, the largest mobile communications service provider in Greece, has selected Ericsson as its 5G radio access network (RAN) supplier.
Sweden-based Ericsson 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.
COSMOTE, the mobile arm of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization), which is part of the Deutsche Telekom Group, is aiming to launch 5G services in 2021.
Greece’s National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) is planning to conduct 5G spectrum auction in the fourth quarter of 2020.
5G RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio will be deployed in the COSMOTE network as part of a cost-effective transformation to 5G. Ericsson Radio System radios and basebands will improve the carbon footprint of COSMOTE’S current network, contributing to significant energy savings.
“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,” Michael Tsamaz, OTE Group Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.