Czech mobile operator Eurotel has awarded Nokia a contract to install an HSDPA 3.5G platform. The Finnish manufacturer, a long-term supplier for Eurotel, will deliver core and radio networks, plus network management tools. HSDPA is an upgrade for W-CDMA 3G networks which allows data transmission at speeds of up to 2Mbps. Tomás David, Eurotel’s chief strategy officer, commented: “We see 3G as a crucial step in ensuring our market leadership, and fulfilling the demand of our customers." Eurotel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the country’s dominant fixed line operator Cesky Telekom, which is itself majority owned by Telefónica of Spain; it claimed 4.42 million mobile subscribers at the end of June 2005.