EuroTel Provides First Wireless Internet
December 16, 1999
Richard Moravec, McCann-Erickson Prague
PRAHA, the Czech Republic -- EuroTel Praha,
the leading provider of mobile phone service in the Czech Republic,
today announced the country's first WAP (Wireless Application
Protocol) mobile Internet service, giving EuroTel customers quick
and easy access to news and information through their mobile
EuroTel's WAP service is one of the world's first launches of the
technology. The company began developing its applications with
its technology partners at the start of 1999.
"The introduction of WAP services will change the way people
obtain news and information. The WAP phone will become a
gateway to a world of information within reach anytime and
anywhere," said Alexander Winkler, EuroTel deputy
EuroTel, through a first-of-its-kind network enhancement in the
Czech Republic, will use the new Nokia 7110 media phone to allow
users to view content from a mobile phone screen. A wide variety of
content is available such as transportation schedules, TV/movie
listings, sports, weather reports, restaurant menus, stock reports, e-
mail, wireless banking or e-commerce, and CTK and CNN news.
CNN Mobile, a unique news and information service, is only
available from EuroTel.
EuroTel's recent increase in data transmission speed to 14,400
kbps (kilobits per second) means customers will also enjoy the
fastest WAP service. EuroTel is one of just a few GSM operators in
the world operating its network at 14,400 kbps. Most GSM
providers operate at 9,600 kbps.
EuroTel customers will be able to purchase the new WAP phones
this holiday season and begin viewing pages of information when
they turn on their phone.
"EuroTel is working with Czech and international businesses
to add new information sources and to continue to meet the varying
interests of its customers," concluded Winkler. "As with
the Internet today, users will be able to select information that is
critical in their everyday life."
EuroTel Praha Ltd is the Czech Republic's largest wireless service
provider with more than 950,000 customers. EuroTel's high quality
GSM and T!P mobile phone networks cover a territory comprising
99 percent of the Czech Republic's population. EuroTel has over
400 more cell sites than the number two GSM operator, providing
stronger signals and better reception throughout the country.
Only EuroTel offers SuperSound that provides the best sound
quality throughout the Czech Republic. EuroTel is also the only
company to offer NetCall-55, providing international calling at
discounts of up to 65% compared to a home phone.
EuroTel Praha is a joint venture of SPT Telecom Inc. (51%) and
Atlantic West B.V. (49%). Atlantic West B.V. is equally owned by
Bell Atlantic (NYSE:BEL) and MediaOne International, which is a
part of MediaOne Group (NYSE:UMG).