A need for speed: Mobitel upgrades networks

8 Jan 2007

Mobitel Slovenia has announced that it will carry out parallel upgrades of its mobile networks to enhance data transfer speeds across its entire service coverage area. The cellco is in the process of upgrading its UMTS network to support HSDPA technology, and expects to complete the work in the first half of 2007, to enable data speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. It also plans to upgrade its entire GSM/GPRS network with EDGE technology, giving theoretical data rates of up to 236.8kbps, whilst also upping the maximum theoretical transfer speed of GPRS to 82.4kbps. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Mobitel’s GSM network covers more than 99.2% of Slovenia’s population, and it claimed to have 70% 3G population coverage at the end of June 2006. It had 1.3 million subscribers at end-September 2006, or 76.2% of the market, with 55,000 users of its W-CDMA-based 3G services.