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Telefónica O2 extends 2G/3G to customers in Slovakia, Czech Republic

Nokia Siemens Networks is set to expand O2's delivery of mobile services to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A three-year contract will see NSN as sole supplier of 2G and optionally 3G to Prague and Brno.

Telefónica O2 has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to extend its mobile networks in Brno and Prague in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Under a three-year contract, NSN will be the sole supplier of the 2G and optionally 3G networks covering Slovakia and 2G and 3G in the Czech Republic's two major cities, Prague and Brno, allowing O2 to offer end users a new mobile broadband experience with fast data sharing and what it calls true multimedia services.

The solution from NSN is based on the Flexi Base station, which is claimed to introduce flexible and modular concepts to mobile access and also to allow savings in terms of required space and power consumption. At the same time, the Flexi implementation "opens the way for a smooth migration" to Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of mobile networks, as the base station is LTE-compatible.

NSN will expand O2's 2G (GSM/EDGE) and 3G (WCDMA/HSPA) networks to give end users high-quality broadband experience with seamless transition between 2G and 3G, better coverage and higher mobile broadband speed. The contract reaffirms vendor's role as a strategic partner for Telefónica O2 operations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia .

NSN also will provide network implementation and maintenance services to ensure "an efficient and high quality network expansion" working on live networks without interrupting the service. In addition, integration services will bring the new elements into Telefónica's mobile core network, which NSN had supplied to Telefónica in the past.

* Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is an integrated operator in the Czech Republic. It is now operating more than seven million lines, both fixed and mobile, the organisation offering a portfolio of voice and data services in the country. It is also paying special attention to growth potential, particularly in the data and Internet sector. Telefónica O2 Czech Republic operates the largest fixed and mobile network including a 3G network, CDMA (for data), and UMTS, enabling voice, data and video transmission. Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is also a notable provider of ICT services.

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