T-Mobile Czech Republic today announced a new data access strategy tailored to address the needs of the Czech market. The company will launch a wireless broadband network based on UMTS TDD technology from IPWireless in Prague by year-end, nationwide coverage to be built during consequent months. The new technology will bring businesses and individuals faster, more economical data access services which can fully substitute fixed ADSL.
The Czech market has one of the lowest broadband penetration rates in Central Europe but increasing computer penetration has only whetted the appetite for true broadband services - a hunger that T-Mobile plans to satiate with its world-class wireless broadband offering at very attractive prices. Broadband currently reaches only 2 per cent of the Czech population while EU average is around 10 per cent.
"Today we announce a major step in our strategy based on customers' wishes - we commit ourselves to broadband data as the second business focus area," says Roland Mahler, Managing Director of T-Mobile CZ, adding: "We firmly believe the wireless broadband technology will provide all fixed network services and the strategy will clearly give T-Mobile further boost on its way to being the number one operator in the Czech Republic."
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. 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).
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.
To further fortify its mobile data leadership on the Czech market, T- Mobile Czech Republic also continues to upgrade its existing 2.5G GPRS network to the significantly faster EDGE technology. EDGE can deliver the most relevant 3G UMTS services, but with much broader coverage and lower rollout costs. The build-out of the nationwide EDGE network will provide a solid base from which to deliver a high performance, "3G-like" user experience anytime, anywhere. By combining UMTS TDD wireless broadband and EDGE in easy-to-use, plug-and-play devices, T-Mobile Czech Republic will provide the best "seamless access" and an "always best connected" user experience.
T-Mobile Czech Republic will also enhance its 3G offering by introducing the next generation of UMTS FDD technology (HSDPA/HSUPA) as soon as it has proven to be a stable and viable commercial offering.