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T-Mobile to Shut-Down UMTS-TDD Network in Czech Republic

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T Mobile Czech Republic has announced that it is shutting down its older UMTS TDD network in favour of the more conventional UMTS FDD network.

The UMTS TDD technology offered under the title Internet 4G enables a maximum web browsing speed of 2 Mbps. The FDD network is HSPA enabled, offering theoretical peak rates of 21Mbps - although lower in reality.

"The UMTS TDD network fulfilled its role at the time when it offered an alternative to ADSL, which was completely missing in the Czech Republic. However, the network's technology no longer meets the current requirements," says Frantisek Mala, Marketing Director at T-Mobile.

In addition, the older UMTS TDD technology is accessible to roughly 63% of the Czech population, while UMTS FDD is available to 83% of inhabitants and will be further expanded and enhanced by the operator this year.

Although operation of the network will be discontinued, the original tariff plans will remain valid. Customers can choose individually whether they want to continue using their existing plans or whether they prefer to switch to the more modern Internet na cesty plan, which is up to 50% less expensive than the original plan. However, the Internet 4G tariff plans will no longer be offered for new activations and it will no longer be possible to extend them.

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