Flash down the pan: Slovak Telekom closing legacy networks

18 Aug 2015

Slovak Telekom (ST) has revealed plans to close down the remainder of its legacy Flash-OFDM wireless data networks on 30 September 2015, with the exception of those in the cities of Bratislava and Kosice, Mobilmania reports. The operator stopped taking new subscriptions to the service in April 2014 and has said that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the networks since the original supplier no longer supports the technology. Users are gradually being migrated to other services.

The Flash-OFDM network offers a maximum downstream speed of 5.3Mbps and a peak upstream rate of 1.8Mbps, which is well below the peak download speed of 42Mbps provided by ST’s 3.5G DC-HSPA+ system. ST is Slovakia’s second largest cellco by subscribers, with a 32.5% market share at the end of March according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.