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Huawei Wins Czech 3G and GSM Network Contract

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Telef nica O2 Czech Republic says that it has awarded a contract to Huawei to provide UMTS network infrastructure and modernization of its 2G network to include an EDGE upgrade. No financial details were provided.

"Telefâ│nica O2 Czech Republichas always been the leader in high speed data services," says Salvador Anglada, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Telefâ│nica 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."

Telefâ│nica O2 is currently the only Czech operator providing 3G network coverage based on UMTS/HSDPA technology in Prague and Brno. By the end of 2009, the operator is planning to expand the coverage to between 20 and 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 in the entire GSM network to 150-200kbit/s.

Within the next few years, it will be possible to increase transfer speeds to up to 7.2 Mbit/s.

The mobile operator ended the first half of this year with just over 4.7 million subscribers, and according to the Mobile World subscriber tracker, this represents a market share of 36.8%.

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