News | December 16, 2013

Slovak Telekom Launches Nationwide 4G/LTE Network With Ericsson

  • New LTE network is a part of the most extensive and technologically advanced mobile broadband network in Slovakia
  • LTE provides enhanced mobile broadband experience for subscribers
  • As sole vendor of the radio network, Ericsson extends its long-term co-operation with Slovak Telekom

Slovak Telekom has launched a 4G LTE network in five cities in Slovakia, more locations will follow soon.

This 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 Majoro¬ö, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Slovak Telekom, says: " 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."

Valter D'Avino, Ericsson Head of Region Western & Central Europe, says: "We are proud to be supporting Slovak Telekom in the launch of Slovakia's largest LTE network and expanding our successful 16 year relationship by adding the provision of 4G to our existing business as sole supplier of 2G, 3G and circuit core hardware and software."

This LTE rollout contract marks the continuation of long-standing cooperation between Slovak Telekom and Ericsson, and includes systems integration, network optimization, 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.

About Slovak Telekom
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 multinational Deutsche Telekom Group.

About Ericsson and LTE
Today, 50 percent of the world's LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson networks, which is more than double the traffic of our closest competitor. More than 180 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which more than 110 have gone live commercially. Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by nine of the top 10 LTE operators, ranked in terms of worldwide LTE subscriptions.

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.

SOURCE: Slovak Telekom