Slovak Telekom has launched a 4G LTE network in five cities in Slovakia with more locations to follow soon. The LTE network is already the largest in Slovakia, giving Slovak Telekom a competitive edge in 4G.
Ericsson is the sole vendor for the LTE radio network, which is based on the multi-standard RBS 6000 base station. The network operates at 1800MHz and offers a maximum theoretical speed of 73Mbps download and 23Mbps upload. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) ensures that voice calls and text messages are delivered to LTE devices through the use of a 2G/3G circuit-switched network.
Miroslav Majoroš, chairman of the board and CEO at Slovak Telekom, said: "We have launched first Slovak nationwide LTE network and our ambition is to build the most advanced mobile network in our country. Following the launch in five cities we plan to cover 20% population of Slovakia in first three months and more locations will follow in 2014.
“This is new generation network for mobile devices introducing faster downloads, better latency and enabling better usage of smartphones, tablets and mobile apps. LTE is our eighth technology premiere in 12 years and confirms our leader position in technology and innovations in Slovakia."
This LTE rollout contract marks the continuation of long-standing cooperation between Slovak Telekom and Ericsson, and includes systems integration, network optimisation, multi-vendor verification and related services.
Ericsson is the operator's sole supplier of 2G and 3G radio, as well as circuit core hardware and software, including IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). With the Ericsson IMS Slovak Telekom will evolve its current voice business to support VoLTE in the future.
This will enable HD voice, video calling over LTE and other new flexible communication services. Ericsson is also providing managed services for Slovak Telekom's fixed network operations.
Slovak Telekom is the largest Slovak multimedia operator and the second largest in mobile. Of a total 6.416 million active SIM-cards in the Slovak market, Slovak Telekom held 2.175 million in September 2013.
Today, more than 80 percent of the population has 3G/HSPA+ coverage and the new addition of 4G means that Slovak Telekom continues to be a technology leader in building mobile broadband networks. The company is a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group.