T-Mobile’s Czech unit has launched speed tests of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the capital, Prague. In a press release the cellco says it is using equipment supplied by Samsung to deliver download speeds of up to 150Mbps. T-Mobile says the main purpose of the trial is to test LTE in ‘real conditions’. This summer T-Mobile CR will test its LTE network in the district of Kamyk in the capital, over twelve transmitters using a bandwidth of 20MHz in the 2600MHz band. The maximum theoretical upload speed on Samsung’s ‘Smart LTE’ equipment is 50Mbps, it said, and the tests will use ‘advanced technology capable of allocating resources to increase the capacity of each cell by up to 30% while reducing the negative effects of interference between adjacent cells’. The Prague trials will take place from July to September this year.
T-Mobile has also said it will roll out a complete LTE network covering one (as yet unnamed) city by the end of this year. Further, the cellco is readying itself to deploy LTE on a wider basis in 2013, subject to it winning the necessary spectrum in the regulator’s upcoming auction. T-Mobile CR currently offers a top-rate HSPA+ 21Mbps (downlink) service over – it claims – its entire network. In April this year it began the process of overlaying dual-carrier (DC-HSPA+) equipment allowing data download speeds of up to 42Mbps.