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Slovak Telekom launches nationwide 4G/LTE network with Ericsson

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Slovak Telekom has launched a LTE network in five cities in Slovakia, based on equipment supplied by Ericsson.

Ericsson is the sole vendor for the LTE radio network, which operates at 1800MHz and offers a maximum theoretical speed of 73Mbps download and 23Mbps upload. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) ensures that voice calls and text messages are delivered to LTE devices through the use of a 2G/3G circuit-switched network.

Miroslav Majoroš, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Slovak Telekom, says: "Following the launch in five cities we plan to cover 20% population of Slovakia in first three months and more locations will follow in 2014."

This LTE rollout contract includes systems integration, network optimization, multi-vendor verification and related services.

Ericsson is the operator's sole supplier of 2G and 3G radio, as well as circuit core hardware and software, including IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). With the Ericsson IMS Slovak Telekom will evolve its current voice business to support VoLTE in the future.

Ericsson is also providing managed services for Slovak Telekom's fixed network operations.

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