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Oskar, EuroTel and Paegas join forces

19. December 2000

- EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas bring GSM signal coverage to the most of Prague Metro station - Mobile phones can now be used in 32 Metro stations - Prague is just the fifth city in the world where GSM mobile phones can be used underground All three Czech GSM operators – Paegas, EuroTel and Oskar – joined forces in recent months to complete a rollout of signal coverage in the Prague Metro. From December 19th, 2000 it will be possible to place or receive a call from any one of the system's 32 stations. In the first phase of bringing GSM signal coverage to the Metro, a pilot project last year gave users coverage in three central stations with the highest traffic: I. P. Pavlova, Můstek and Muzeum.

- EuroTel, Oskar and Paegas bring GSM signal coverage to the most of Prague Metro station
- Mobile phones can now be used in 32 Metro stations
- Prague is just the fifth city in the world where GSM mobile phones can be used underground

All three Czech GSM operators – Paegas, EuroTel and Oskar – joined forces in recent months to complete a rollout of signal coverage in the Prague Metro. From December 19th, 2000 it will be possible to place or receive a call from any one of the system's 32 stations.

In the first phase of bringing GSM signal coverage to the Metro, a pilot project last year gave users coverage in three central stations with the highest traffic: I. P. Pavlova, Můstek and Muzeum. From December 19th every Czech mobile phone customer can use his or her phone in next 29 stations.

The Czech Republic has thus shown itself once again to be at the forefront of global mobile communications developments. Only five cities worldwide can boast GSM coverage in their respective Metro, Underground or Subway, and Prague is among them.

Press release attachment: List of Metro stations with GSM coverage

Český Mobil a.s. launched commercial operations on March 1, 2000 under the brand name Oskar. Český Mobil a.s. 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 Český 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, operator of the Paegas network, is a joint venture between České Rdiokomunikace, a.s.(51%) a CMobil B.V. (49%). The international consortium CMobil is controlled by: T-Mobil - Deutsche Telekom MobilNet GmbH (85,55 %); TIM - Telecom Italia Mobile (12 %); Spořitelní kapitálová společnost, a.s. (1,75 %); PVT, a.s. (0,7 %). After exercising an option CMobil will raise its share during the first half of 2001 from the present 49% to 60,8%, making Deutsche Telekom the de facto majority owner.