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O2 to launch its own 3G network in May

THE YOUNGEST mobile telephone network operator on the Slovak market, Telefónica O2 Slovakia, will launch another phase in the construction of its own 3G network using HDSPA technology. Commercial operation should start in May of next year with plans to initially cover one-fifth of the Slovak population. O2’s own network should cover 33 percent of the population, in 24 cities, by the end of June, the SITA newswire wrote in late September.

THE YOUNGEST mobile telephone network operator on the Slovak market, Telefónica O2 Slovakia, will launch another phase in the construction of its own 3G network using HDSPA technology. Commercial operation should start in May of next year with plans to initially cover one-fifth of the Slovak population. O2’s own network should cover 33 percent of the population, in 24 cities, by the end of June, the SITA newswire wrote in late September.

“Investment in the construction of the new network signals the stability and growth of O2 in Slovakia,” said John McGuigan, director of Telefónica O2 Slovakia. He declined to quantify the investment.

O2 had planned to start extending its 3G network in October this year and to launch trial operations in Malacky and Senica in 2011. However, O2 clients will not have access to the 3G network before its commercial launch in May. O2 representatives said that the 3G network would primarily allow mobile access via notebook computers and mobile phones, rather than providing an alternative to fixed-line internet connections.

The maximum theoretical download and upload speed for one user will be 14.4 Mb/s and 5.7 Mb/s respectively. O2 spokesman René Parák said that the operator would announce actual, not theoretical, speeds when commercial operations are launched. The further development of the 3G network and other technologies will depend on O2’s future strategy.

The 3G signal should be accessible in Bratislava, Malacky, Senec, Pezinok, Nitra, Levice, Nové Zámky, Komárno, Trenčín, Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Považská Bystrica, Martin, Žilina, Liptovský Mikuláš, Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves, Košice, Prešov, Bardejov, Humenné and Michalovce as of July. Local conditions may also influence access to the signal in these cities.


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