17 December 2013
Slovak Telekom has partnered with Swedish vendor Ericsson for its nationwide 4G roll-out.
The Slovakian operator launched its 4G LTE network in November this
year, and this week announced Ericsson as the sole vendor
for the project.
The LTE network – which offers maximum theoretical
upload and download speeds of 23Mbps and 73Mbps respectively
– utilises circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) from
Ericsson for the secure delivery of voice calls and
"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," said Valter D'Avino, head of the
western and central Europe region at Ericsson.
Slovak Telekom is the second-largest mobile operator in
Slovakia, and Miroslav Majoro, CEO and chairman of the board at
the company, said that its ambition is to build the most
advanced mobile network in the country.
"Following the launch in five cities, we plan to cover 20% of
the population of Slovakia in the first three months [of
operation], and more locations will follow in 2014," he
"LTE is our eighth technology premiere in 12 years and confirms
our leading position in technology and innovations in