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T-Mobile shuts Czech 3G TDD network
06 March 2012
Deutsche Telekom converts UMTS network in Czech Republic from TDD to FDD
T-Mobile is to stop operation of its TDD 3G network in the Czech Republic — which was sold as Internet 3G — and allow users to convert to its FDD 3G network for a nominal sum.
The newly built FDD network operates at up to 21 megabits a second, while the older TDD network was limited to 2 megabits.
Frantisek Mala, marketing director of T-Mobile, said: “The UMTS TDD network fulfilled its role at the time when it offered an alternative to ADSL, which was completely missing in the Czech Republic. However, the network’s technology no longer meets the current requirements.”
In 2012, the operator will expand and enhance the FDD network, which can already be accessed by 83% of Czech residents. The TDD network reached only 63%.
T-Mobile is offering TDD customers a new modem for the FDD network for the symbolic price of one Czech crown — about 5 cents. GTB
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