A leading Czech mobile operator, Eurotel Praha, spol. s.r.o. has launched the first High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in the Czech Republic. The solution, provided by Nokia, allows Eurotel, an affiliate of Telefónica and O2, to operate its network more cost-efficiently and offer faster mobile data services to its customers.
"We are pleased to announce another notable first – being the Czech Republic’s first mobile operator to launch HSDPA services, such as faster data with international connectivity," says Salvador Anglada, CEO, Eurotel Praha, spol. s.r.o. "With Nokia’s HSDPA solution we can offer our customers download speeds twice as fast as the current fast data solution."
"We are very pleased to support Eurotel in launching HSDPA services, which is an important milestone for the Czech Republic and the whole Telefónica Group," says Pentti Tolonen, General Manager, Networks, Nokia. "Nokia HSDPA solution makes real mass-market mobile multimedia possible, and shows further proof of Nokia’s strength in advanced radio network technologies."
In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 58 customers to date. Nokia’s high-performing HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling cost-effective and fast rollout. In the first phase, the Nokia HSDPA offers average data speeds of 1-2 Mbps. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally, 9 of which have been publicly announced.
Nokia has supplied the HSDPA solution to Eurotel as part of a contract announced in September 2005.