Greek former monopoly telco OTE has announced the beginning of a rollout of direct fibre/VDSL2 broadband services, initially in the municipalities of Alexandroupoli, Komotini, Xanthi, Serres and the Athens suburb of Zografou, giving access to download/upload speeds of up to 50Mbps/5Mbps and 30Mbps/2.5Mbps. The ‘new generation access’ (NGA) optical network will be progressively expanded to cover more areas, according to the company’s statement. The first phase of the NGA rollout is based on fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), with around 1,000 street cabinets to be installed and connected via optical fibre, enabling the offering of new access speeds to more than 125,000 homes and businesses, with the final connection to the end-user based on VDSL2. Further, in order to cover business needs, OTE is deploying fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections ‘depending on interest and availability.’ OTE’s entire existing core network utilises more than 35,000km of fibre-optic cables nationwide, and the core network nodes are being interconnected by multiple 10Gbps capacity lines.
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