Czech mobile operator T-Mobile plans to launch a broadband wireless network based on UMTS technology in Prague by the end of this year, according to the company’s CEO Roland Mahler. The cellco holds a 3G mobile licence which stipulates that it must launch services by January 2007. However, by the end of this year it hopes to have rolled out wireless broadband services in Prague, using equipment supplied by IPWireless, and delivering connection speeds of up to 4.5Mbps. The network will then be expanded to another 85 cities with the aim of covering around half the population by the summer of 2006. According to Mahler, broadband wireless is seen as a ‘second business focus area’: only 2% of Czechs currently have access to broadband, compared with an EU average of 10%.