Hitt og þetta 10. apríl 2006

Nokia powers Eurotel's HSDPA network in the Czech Republic

Espoo, Finland - 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.

About Eurotel Praha, spol. s r.o. Eurotel Praha, spol. s r.o. is the leading mobile telecommunications operator in the Czech Republic. The company provides complex voice and data services to more than 4.67 million customers (December 2005). Quality of the services provided, scope of offered solutions, level of innovation and customer care make the company founded in 1991 the leader of the Czech market.

In cooperation with its 100 % owner, CESKÝ TELECOM, a.s., Eurotel offers the most complex portfolio of voice and data services supported by unique combination of fixed and mobile telephony. The services are provided to customers of contract as well as prepaid services. Eurotel in the long term confirms its leading position in the Czech market also in the segment of business customers.

In the territory of the Czech Republic Eurotel operates the NMT and GSM network as well as unique 3G networks - CDMA2000 1xEV-DO data network and most recently UMTS network enabling data, voice, picture and video transmission. Together with CESKÝ TELECOM the company operates the most extensive WiFi hotspots network in the country.

Eurotel is a holder of the prestigious award Employer of the Year for the year 2003, in 2004 Eurotel placed second among mobile operators in the chart. Eurotel also holds international quality management system certificate ISO 9001:2003 and was awarded the ISO 14001 environmental management system certificate as the only telecommunications operator in the Czech Republic. The company is a holder of the occupational safety and health and information security certificates. Eurotel is the only operator to be awarded the Health Supporting Business title in 2005. In 2002 Eurotel incorporated a foundation, which regularly on an annual basis supports multiple projects aimed at children and the young throughout the country.

About Nokia Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

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