Nokia Microwave Packet Radio Technology to Boost Mobile Network Coverage in Greece

Nokia has completed the upgradation of the long-haul microwave trunk network of Cosmote, the mobile arm of OTE Group, Greece's largest telecoms provider. The upgrade is set to enhance the network capacity and performance of Cosmote, especially in rural locations across the Greek islands. The upgrade was performed using Nokia 9500 Microwave Packet Radio technology and will now allow Cosmote to meet growing residential and tourist demand for broadband access in currently underserved parts of the islands. The technology is expected to provide backhaul data speeds of 1 Gbps via full IP connectivity, serving mobile and fixed networks.

By upgrading the existing SDH-microwave trunk-based network, Cosmote was also able to reuse existing passive radio equipment, taking advantage of significant total cost of ownership savings compared to a new deployment. Nokia's long-haul microwave technology will backhaul traffic generated across several Aegean Islands, offering fiber-like connectivity and backhaul redundancy to ensure reliability of network services.

A key component of this deployment is its use of microwave technology to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to the island of Kastellorizo, the most eastern part of the Greek islands, more than 150 km away from the nearest point of network presence.

Nokia also provided exclusive services expertise including project management, design, installation and commissioning and care services for the project.