T-Mobile launches UMTS TDD network in the Czech Republic
Posted on 21-Jun-2005 09:51
Filed under: News
T-Mobile Czech Republic will launch a wireless broadband network based on UMTS TDD technology from IPWireless in Prague by year-end, with planned nationwide coverage to be built during consequent months. T-Mobile expects the new technology will bring businesses and individuals faster and more economical data access services to fully substitute fixed ADSL.
The Czech market has one of the lowest broadband penetration rates in Central Europe but increasing computer penetration has increased the appetite for true broadband services. Broadband currently reaches only 2 per cent of the Czech population while EU average is around 10 per cent.
T-Mobile aims to maximize the value of its acquired UMTS license by using UMTS TDD technology operating in its "unpaired" 1.9 GHz UMTS spectrum. T-Mobile says it will be the world's fastest commercial UMTS network, capable of delivering peak sector speeds of up to 4.5 Mbps (average user experience runs to 512 Kbps). Similar technology supplied by IPWireless is already being employed in New Zealand by Woosh Wireless.
T-Mobile also plans to extend its wireless broadband footprint in first phase till summer 2006 to cover nearly half of the Czech population by leveraging the same UMTS TDD technology in the 872 MHz spectrum that it recently acquired. In this manner, T-Mobile will be able to offer its superior performance in more than 85 cities. By introducing this "portable DSL" product, T-Mobile will be able to build on the success of its fixed-mobile substitution effort. For the first time, Czech customers will be able to completely give up their fixed lines provided by the incumbent operator and become completely unwired both for voice and data access while increasing the comfort, speed, flexibility and reliability of their communication experience.
T-Mobile Czech Republic also continues to upgrade its existing 2.5G GPRS network to the faster EDGE technology. EDGE can deliver the most relevant 3G UMTS services, but with much broader coverage and lower rollout costs.
The company also promises to introduce the next generation of UMTS FDD technology (HSDPA/HSUPA) as soon as it has proven to be a stable and viable commercial offering.