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EuroTel launches GSM 1800 MHz operations

As of November 1, mobile operator EuroTel Bratislava launched commercial operation of the new GSM 1800 Mhz band. "The company met the license terms four months ahead of schedule, since the deadline for starting commercial operation of the GSM 1800 MHz is February 29, 2000," said EuroTel Director Jozef Barta.

At the same time, EuroTel launched a new digital technology called Enhanced Full Rate (EFR), meaning that EuroTel GSM customers will hear a higher quality transmission and significantly lower background noise. EFR technology processes digital transmission and the GSM signal more precisely than the current Full Rate (FR) system.

EuroTel Bratislava (in which the state-owned Slovenské Telekomunikácie holds a 60% stake while U.S. West Media Group Inc. and Bell Atlantic Corp. share the remaining 40%) started its operations on the GSM network in February, 1997. It is one of two mobile operators on the Slovak market - the competition, Globtel GSM (owned by France Telecom Mobiles International, Slovenské Elektrárne, gas utility SPP and three regional power distributing companies), launched operations in January 1997.

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