Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Czech mobile operator Eurotel Praha, have signed an agreement for the supply of WCDMA 3G network including the Nokia High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) solution, continuing Nokia’s long-term role in the development of Eurotel’s mobile network. The deal is Nokia’s first 3G contract in the Czech Republic.
Under the agreement, Nokia delivers core and radio networks including the HSDPA solution and the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Nokia also provides the Nokia NetAct(TM) network management solution, and services for network planning and implementation, operation and maintenance, and training.
The Nokia HSDPA solution is a software upgrade to the 3G network with which data speeds will go up to 1-2 Mbps in the first phase.
“We see 3G as a crucial step in ensuring our market leadership, and fulfilling the demand of our customers”, says Tomás David, Chief Strategy Officer of Eurotel Praha. “We are confident that Nokia’s expertise in 3G WCDMA deployment and its ability to respond to our needs will ensure we are able to offer our customers the most advanced 3G services.”
“Nokia is proud to collaborate with Eurotel on its initiative to make 3G services a reality in the Czech Republic,” says Matti Palomäki, Country Director, Networks, Nokia. “Our high quality product portfolio makes a strong business case for Eurotel to provide competitive 3G services to its customers.”
About Eurotel Praha, spol. s r.o.
Eurotel Praha, spol. s r. o., reported more than 4.4 million customers in its network at the end of June 2005. The mobile telephone networks of Eurotel 900/1800 MHz and 450 MHz cover a territory which has 99 percent of the population of the Czech Republic (more than 10 million people). Eurotel holds a UMTS license for the operation of 3rd generation mobile services.
As well as services for post-paid customers on billed tariffs, Eurotel offers prepaid cards under the brand name Go and a full range and content of multi-media services, including video, MMS, voice services, WAP and SMS. Eurotel is the only mobile operator in the Czech Republic which offers the two most advanced GSM (wireless) data transfer technologies. The high quality of Eurotel services includes SuperSound technology, which ensures a clean voice connection and 397 roaming partners in 160 countries around the world.
Eurotel Praha is a limited liability company (spol. s r. o.), and is owned (100%) by CESKÝ TELECOM, a. s.
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