T-Mobile’s Czech mobile subsidiary has claimed a first for the country, with the announcement that it has launched DC-HSPA+ technology on parts of its network, offering maximum download data transmission speeds of 42Mbps. The new service went live in selected cities from 16 April it said, initially covering residents of Zlin and Mlada Boleslav, followed by Prague 4, including T-Mobile’s headquarters in the Roztyly district, by the end of April. By the end of the third quarter of the year, DC-HSPA+ coverage will be extended to Brno, Ceske Budejovice and Liberec, and will then be made available elsewhere depending on capacity requirements. The commercial launch follows successful trials of DC-HSPA+ launched at the end of last year. ‘We are fulfilling our promise we made at the end of last year and will start offering the fastest mobile internet access to our customers within a month,’ says Frank Meywerk, Technology Director at T-Mobile, adding: ‘The fastest network will be available from T-Mobile – this is the rule we want to stick to also in future.’
T-Mobile CR is offering a dongle-only option in the launch phase. Beginning 16 April, existing T-Mobile customers will be able to buy a Huawei E372 USB modem with prices starting at CZK499 (USD26.47) together with activation of the ‘Internet na cesty Premium’ plan for two years. Prices for the E372 USB modem for new customers start at CZK999, while the basic unsubsidised price is CZK3,499. All prices are inclusive of VAT.