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High speed Internet to remote villages

T-MOBILE Slovensko is preparing to launch a new technology in Slovakia designed to enable wireless data transmissions at speeds comparable to DSL.

"With this technology, we will make mobile broadband Internet available to remote rural areas of Slovakia," said Juraj Droba, director of corporate affairs of T-Mobile. Residential customers in rural areas previously had to rely on dial-up or GPRS / EDGE technology to connect to the Internet, all of which are relatively slow compared to DSL.

T-Mobile Slovensko is the only mobile operator in Slovakia providing mobile access on the Internet through four technologies of high-speed data transmissions: HSCSD, GPRS, Wireless LAN (WiFi) and EDGE.

Mobile companies test video telephony

BOTH Orange Slovensko and T-Mobile Slovensko are working with a third generation (3G) network in the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone Service) standard that would make broadband access to the Internet and portable videophones a reality.

Orange Slovensko recently announced that it had launched a testing operation in-house. Later, Orange Slovensko said it would offer the 3G technology to select clients.

According to its UMTS network licence, Orange Slovensko is required to launch its commercial operation of the network no later than the end of the first quarter of 2006. Orange Slovensko customers should expect 3G products and services to hit the market by next spring.

T-Mobile Slovensko also has a UMTS network licence that stipulates that it must start commercial operation of its UMTS network in Bratislava by March 2006 at the latest.

T-Mobile Slovensko said it is currently testing UMTS in cooperation with infrastructure supplier Ericsson and that it would start providing services on the 3G network in line with terms of its licence.

Orange Slovensko paid almost Sk1.5 billion (€40 million) for its UMTS network licence. The company's director general, Pavol Lančarič, reported that the company has already invested hundreds of millions of crowns to launch the pilot operations. Gradual development will require additional investments of billions of crowns. The company is relying on UMTS network know-how from its French parent company.

Prepared by Marta Ďurianová from press reports

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