|Telefónica O2 and Huawei Expanding 3G Network Coverage|
Telefónica O2 Czech Republic has taken a significant step towards carrying out its announced expansion of 3G network coverage, based on UMTS/HSDPA technology. By doing so, the operator is continuing in its strategy of expanding high-speed mobile data services in the Czech Republic – an area in which it is the leader. Following a tender, Telefónica O2 has chosen Huawei as the provider of the UMTS network infrastructure and modernization of its 2G network and signed the contract at the end of September.
"Telefónica O2 Czech Republic has always been the leader in high speed data services," says Salvador Anglada, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, adding "Now we want to provide the benefits of high speed mobile internet to the most Czech cities. Therefore, we decided to expand our 3G network and modernize our 2G network. To accomplish these tasks, we selected Huawei, one of the most prominent suppliers of mobile network products. We selected them for their experience and quality, as well as for the technical maturity of the technologies they provide."
"We truly appreciate the opportunity to begin cooperating with Telefónica O2 on expanding their network coverage. We are pleased that our offer was successful and we can thus contribute to essential developments in mobile data technologies," said Xiaoming Tang, President of Telefónica Key Account Department, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Telefónica O2 is currently the only Czech operator providing 3G network coverage based on UMTS/HSDPA technology in Prague and Brno. Users in these cities will enjoy higher transmissions of up to 3.6 Mbit/s at the beginning of next year. By the end of 2009, the operator is planning to expand the signal coverage to 20 to 30 towns in the Czech Republic. Over the next two to three years, coverage will expand to around 70% of the Czech population.
By the end of 2010, considerable modernization of the 2G network will be carried out in cooperation with Huawei. Through EDGE technology, this network will increase speeds of the entire GSM network to 150-200kbit/s.
In 2004, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic became the first operator in the Czech Republic to introduce high-speed mobile data services based on CDMA 450 technology, the first to launch internationally compatible high-speed mobile data services based on UMTS technology, and was one of the first ten global operators to start offering HSDPA technology commercially.
In the first phase, technology for third-generation mobile networks enable data transfer speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s. Within the next few years, it will be possible to increase transfer speeds to up to 7.2 Mbit/s. With UMTS/HSDPA technology, users will then be able to connect to the Internet and browse web pages, send and receive emails, and stream much faster than they can in other networks.