Slovak Telekom selects Ericsson for 4G

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 texts.

“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 said.

“LTE is our eighth technology premiere in 12 years and confirms our leading position in technology and innovations in Slovakia.”

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