T-Mobile Czech Republic, majority owned by Deutsche Telekom through the CMobil consortium, is accelerating its planned rollout of HSPA+ technologies in the country, adding dozens of additional cities to its footprint this spring. The cellco currently covers 42.5% of the population, including 97 cities and towns, and 232 smaller villages.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that last month, T-Mobile and Telefonica O2 CR signed a 3G network sharing agreement covering areas not already served by their UMTS networks. The move should bring mobile internet services to a number of new towns and cities when a pilot commercial operation is implemented in the second quarter of 2011. Under a six-year partnership pact, Telefonica O2 CR and T-Mobile CR will build up to 1,000 new base stations, with each operator committed to build at least 490. Trials are currently underway in the cities of Dobris and Humpolec, with O2 agreeing to cover areas in the eastern part of the country, and T-Mobile the west. Furthermore, in January this year T-Mobile revealed that its networks comprised 6,711 base transceiver stations (BTS), thanks to the deployment of a BTS in its 5,000th location. The cellco’s BTS deployments include a range of network technologies including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS TDD and UMTS FDD. Speaking at the time the company’s director of technology, Frank Meywerk, said that a significant number of BTS on its network are UMTS FDD-enabled with support for HSPA+, and in future will allow an easy implementation of LTE.