EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas are bringing GSM coverage to all of Prague’s subway stations
EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas have finished the coverage of Prague’s underground with GSM signal. Now, it is possible to use mobile phones in all 48 stations of Prague’s underground. All three Czech GSM operators – EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas – put their strength together when completing coverage in Prague’s subway areas. In the initial phase of bringing GSM signal coverage to the subway, a pilot project in 1999 was launched in 3 stations: I.P.
All three Czech GSM operators – EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas – put their strength together when completing coverage in Prague’s subway areas. In the initial phase of bringing GSM signal coverage to the subway, a pilot project in 1999 was launched in 3 stations: I.P. Pavlova, Můstek and Muzeum. Since December 19th of last year the signal has been expanded to 32 stations with the highest traffic. As of today, mobile phones can be used in all 48 Metro stations.
Prague is one of the 5 world cities that can offer mobile phone users coverage in subway stations. By increasing coverage expansion to these areas, the 3 operators make possible the use of the whole range of mobile communications services within the Prague subway. Prague’s subway coverage is available in the GSM 900 MHz band and customers that do not have a dual mobile phone are also able to use the signal.
Mobile phone operators are considering possible cooperation in the future for coverage expansion to the tunnels of Prague’s underground.
Česky Mobil a.s., Oskar’s network operator, launched its commercial operations on 1st March 2000. Česky Mobil is a member of telecommunications group of Canadian-based Telesystem International Wireless (TIW). The company’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TIW”) and NASDAQ (“TIWI”).
EuroTel Praha spol. s.r.o. is a joint venture between Česky Telecom, a.s. (51 %) and Atlantic West B.V. (49 %). Ownership in Atlantic West B. V. is evenly shared by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T).
RadioMobil a.s., operator of the Paegas network belongs to the Deutsche Telekom Group. Through its subsidiary company T-Mobil it owns 87.3 % in the CMobil consortium. Other shareholders of CMobil are: STET Mobile Holdings N.V. (12 %) and PVT a.s. (0.7 %). The international CMobil consortium now owns 60.8% of RadioMobil whose second biggest shareholder is the company České radiokomunikace.