O2 Czech and Huawei extend 3G coverage

Telefónica O2 has chosen Huawei as the provider of the UMTS network infrastructure and modernization of its 2G network and signed up the contract at the end of September.

"Telefónica O2 Czech Republic has always been the leader in high speed data services," says Salvador Anglada, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, adding "Now we want to provide the benefits of high speed mobile internet to the most Czech cities. Therefore, we decided to expand our 3G network and modernize our 2G network. To accomplish these tasks, we selected Huawei, one of the most prominent suppliers of mobile network products. We selected them for their experience and quality, as well as for the technical maturity of the technologies they provide."

Telefónica O2 is currently the only Czech operator providing 3G network coverage based on UMTS/HSDPA technology in Prague and Brno.

By the end of 2010, modernization of the 2G network will be carried out in cooperation with Huawei. Through EDGE technology, this network will increase speeds in the entire GSM network to 150-200kbps.