Zapp prepares for 3G launch

6 May 2008

Romanian CDMA operator Zapp says it plans to launch its UMTS/HSDPA network at the end of June in compliance with the terms of its licence. Zapp was awarded its 3G licence in October 2006 and the terms of the concession require the firm to have coverage of 19 major cities by the end of June 2008; it is required to have full 3G coverage by end-2011. Zapp says over 5.5 million people will have access to its network at launch. The cellco is also upgrading its 450MHz CDMA2000 1x EV-DO network to offer peak data transmission speeds of 3.1Mbps. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Romania is already home to three 3G operators: Vodafone, which launched its UMTS network in April 2005; Orange, which launched in mid-2006; and RCS&RDS, which has offered high speed mobile services since last December.

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