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2019

OTE completes the sale of its entire stake in Telekom Albania Sh.A. to Albania Telecom Invest AD, for a total gross equity consideration of €50m.
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2018

COSMOTE presents its new corporate tagline, as well as its promise to contribute to a better world, for all, through technology
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2017

OTE S.A. piloted the new “fiber-to-the-home” (FTTH) network architecture in the Municipality of Athens. Offering Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, the Group paved the way for the Gigabit Society.
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2016

As part of the Group's strategy to use a common brand name for all its communication and entertainment products, the OTE Group's TV service became COSMOTE TV.
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2015

COSMOTE, the single brand name, was established for all fixed, mobile, and Internet services.
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2014

A new collective labor agreement was signed, securing job positions for the next three years.
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2013

Free high definition voice (HD voice) services were provided to mobile customers for the first time in Greece.
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2012

VDSL, the fastest fixed Internet service with speeds up to 50 Mbps, was launched.
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2011

The 3G mobile telephony network offered a population coverage in excess of 98%, the largest in Greece according to the data that was submitted to EETT.
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2010

The OTE Board of Directors appointed Mr. Michael Tsamaz as Chairman and CEO of the OTE Group on November 3, 2010.
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2009

Following the sale of an additional 5% of the Greek State's shares and voting rights, Deutsche Telekom’s stake in OTE S.A. amounted to 30% and 20% for the Greek State.
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2008

OTE S.A. acquired 100% of COSMOTE S.A. and its share was delisted from the Athens Stock Exchange.  
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 2007

Fixed broadband Internet bundles (ADSL) in conjunction with mobile telephony services became available on the Greek market for the first time.
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2006

The acquisition of GERMANOS, the most successful telecommunications retail chain in SE Europe, was announced.
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2005

COSMOTE acquired 100% of the shares of GLOBUL in Bulgaria and COSMOFON in FYROM
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2004

OTE S.A. and COSMOTE S.A. were the Major National Sponsors of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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2003

The Hellas Sat2 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral.
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2002

It now had in excess of 3,500,000 mobile customers in Greece and 500,000 in Albania.
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2001

The OTE Group started operating in a deregulated telecommunications market.
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2000

OTE S.A. acquired a GSM license in Bulgaria and incorporated Globul for this purpose.
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1999

The mobile telecommunications network offered 97% population coverage.
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1998

The third public stock offering took place.
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1997

The second public stock offering successfully commenced.
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 1996

OTE S.A. was listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
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1994

The Network Management System (N.M.S) began its initial operations in Athens.
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1992

The first 350 card-operated payphones were installed.
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 1991

The provision of Video-conference Services began 
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1990

A broad fiber optic network was installed.
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1989 

The AXE-10/ERICSSON system, the first fully digital telephone exchange, operated in Patras.
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1988

Partial operation of the first fully-digital international telephone exchange according to international communication standards (C.C.I.T.T).
 
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1987

The Paging service began.
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1986

The INMARSAT Land Earth Station at the Center of Satellite Communication in Thermopylae officially commenced operations. 
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1981

 The New MT-20 International Electronic Telephone Exchange in Athens became operational.
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1979

The International Teletype Center in Athens became operational.
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1974

Submarine cable and radio-link construction works were carried out. 
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1972

The second antenna of the Center of Satellite Communication in Thermopylae was installed. 
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1971

The first ever issue of the Yellow Pages was published.
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1970

The first antenna of the Center of Satellite Communication in Thermopylae (the 6th in Europe) was installed.
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1969

The automatic-semiautomatic International Teletype Center in Athens became operational.
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1968

Laying of the MED 3 Greece-Italy submarine cable.
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1965

Greece’s long-distance telephone network became automated
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1962

Automation of the TELEX service commenced.
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1957

The TELEX service became operational
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1953

OTE’s first telephone directory was published.
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November 10, 1949
OTE officially launched its commercial operations.

October 23, 1949
ΟΤΕ S.A was founded (Legislative Decree .1049/49)
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