Deutsche Telekom’s Czech mobile operation T-Mobile CR is looking to expand its 3G service coverage this summer with additional coverage to parts of Brno and Plzen by the end of June as well as ongoing tests of HSPA+ technology capable of delivering data speeds up to 21Mbps. The German parent made the announcement to celebrate the completion of its GSM network upgrade last week, noting that UMTS coverage will also be significantly expanded in Prague, while by the end of the summer most regional towns will be covered too. T-Mobile technical director Frank Meywerk said: ‘Last week we finished the overall upgrade of our GSM network. All our customers everywhere in the Czech Republic will feel the change. They will get a higher-quality connection, better coverage in problematic areas and much higher transmission speeds thanks to the EDGE technology used within the entire T-Mobile network.’ A total of 4,514 base stations and 112 controllers were replaced during the upgrade. The new transmitters are approximately 45% more energy efficient, the statement added.
The cellco went on to say that this summer, 3G services will be extended to Ceske Budejovice, Olomouc, Pardubice, Usti nad Labem, Hradec Kralove, Liberec, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary. Moreover, the next thirty major towns in the Czech Republic and their close surroundings will follow by the end of 2010, it said. T-Mobile is targeting 3G coverage of all residents of 500 towns and cities in 2011-2012. In addition, T-Mobile is currently testing the HSPA+ technology included in the UMTS 3GPP Release 7 specification, which offers maximum theoretical transmission speeds of up to 21Mbps. If internal tests prove the expected increase of the real transmission speed, T-Mobile hopes to present this technology to its customers ‘within a few months’.