EuroTel Authorized For GSM 1800 MHz
November 15, 1999
Agata Kratochvilova, PR McCann
Prague, Czech Republic -- EuroTel Praha, the
leading mobile operator in the Czech Republic, today announced that the
Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has extended EuroTel's license
for operating GSM service in the 1800 MHz frequency band.
EuroTel was the first GSM operator to construct and test 1800 MHz in the
Czech Republic. EuroTel performed the first 1800 MHz service in the
Czech Republic on April 18, 1998, as a special trial during the Prague
Marathon. Today EuroTel has 35 of these 1800 MHz cell sites and will
restart testing and new construction program immediately. According to
the decision by the CTU, EuroTel is authorized to start commercial 1800
MHz operations in July 2000.
"The CTU recognized the need for additional frequency capacity to
meet the needs of the dramatically growing number of EuroTel
customers," said Ed Kingman, Managing Director of EuroTel Praha,
s.r.o. "The additional frequency capacity will be a fully integrated
part of the EuroTel network which is the most advanced in the Czech
EuroTel has been selling dual-band 900 MHz/1800 MHz phones for some
time. Users of these phones will receive the same high level of quality and
services they receive on 900 MHz today. All EuroTel customers will be
able to use all the high quality services such as international roaming,
SMS (Short Messaging Services), voice mail, and other advanced
technologies, such as SuperSound.
Moreover, EuroTel is the only operator in the Czech Republic to offer data
speeds of 14.4 Kbps, representing a 50 percent increase in data speed for
the same low price. EuroTel was also the first to present new high speed
data (known as HSCSD) at INVEX this October, where EuroTel
demonstrated a live video transmission speed of 43.2 Kilobits per second.
"Customers choose EuroTel because it is the standard for quality
and reliable coverage," said Kingman. "Our wide range of
services and quality help our customers get more out of life."
EuroTel Praha, spol. s r.o., is a joint venture of SPT TELECOM, a.s., (51%) and Atlantic
West B.V. (49%). Atlantic West B.V. is a company with an equal share of Bell Atlantic
(NYSE:BEL) and MediaOne International, which is a part of MediaOne Group