TELESTET has brought commercial 3G service to Greece with the launch of the country’s first WCDMA network, enabling mobile services such as advanced multimedia messaging, high-quality streaming, browsing and video calls at speeds of up to 384 kpbs. As the supplier of TELESTET‘s network, Nokia has deployed the network in the greater Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra and Irakleion areas with other major cities to follow soon.
“Today is an important milestone in the evolution of mobile services in Greece and it is fitting that TELESTET – as Greece’s pioneer of innovative telecommunications solutions, is first to commercially launch 3G services,” said Mr. Nikolaos Varsakis, managing director and chief executive officer of TELESTET. “In line with our strategy of grasping new opportunities for continuous profitable growth, we will remain at the forefront of Greece’s mobile telephony, fully exploiting all the benefits of this new technology, not only for our customers but also for our business.’
The launched WCDMA 3G network uses equipment provided by Nokia under an agreement announced last April. Included in the agreement was a complete radio-access and core network and Operations Support System (OSS) , plus the implementation, optimisation and care services that were instrumental in achieving fast and smooth network roll-out.
In addition, Nokia is providing its operations start-up package to support TELESTET in starting and developing its operations competencies and procedures for the network. The package, which uses the Nokia NetActä network and service management system, includes remote monitoring as well as locally delivered operations support and capability transfer.
The new WCDMA services can be accessed utilising the advanced mobile devices such as the Nokia 6650 and Nokia 7600, now available in the retail outlets of TELESTET in Greece.
TELESTET, the brand name for STET Hellas has a base of more than 2.7 million customers in Greece. The companys majority shareholder is TIM International NV of the Telecom Italia Group and its stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ and Amsterdam exchanges.