Oskar fulfilled license requirements two years ahead of schedule
On February 6, 2001, the Czech Telecommunication Office (ČTÚ) confirmed that Český Mobil had fulfilled all license requirements set for December 31, 2000. ČTÚ’s confirmation was based on an evaluation report submitted by Český Mobil on January 4, 2001 which demonstrates the fulfillment of all license requirements for coverage and quality. Following a detailed examination and verification of data presented in the report ČTÚ stated that Český Mobil had met all requirements prescribed. In terms of coverage, Český Mobil even managed to fulfill license requirements originally set for year 2003. „The signals level achieved are twice the levels required by the ČTÚ in the license.
„The signals level achieved are twice the levels required by the ČTÚ in the license. Our signal which is transmitted by nearly 1.800 BTS now covers over 98% of population and over 99% of E-class highways. The “outdoor” coverage and “indoor” coverage for regular structures is ensured to a 95% probability. Our customers can also place phone calls to 39 countries via 75 GSM operators,“ confirmed Jon Eddy, the Chief Technical Officer at Český Mobil.
The Oskar network build-out stands as one of the largest foreign investments in the Czech Republic, totaling almost to USD 350 million. The company created more than 1.000 permanent jobs in several regions. In addition, Oskar’s network deployment to date has employed more than three hundred regional subcontracting companies working on building the network under the supervision of teams from Ericsson and Siemens. The know-how and practical experience of the Czech employees along with the world’s latest telecommunication technologies and world-class implementation schedules have incalculable value in relation to competition at the international level. The completion of the network build-out three years ahead of schedule exceeds even the most optimistic estimates.
Last year, Oskar also succeeded covered the majority of Prague subway stations. The opening of the new Switching Center in Říčany u Prahy in March will mark the final point of the first phase of Oskar’s network build-out.
„This is an important moment for us and for our customers. Oskar completed the initial stage of its technical development, having reached almost full coverage and secured a market share of 7% within only ten months. Reaching quality coverage enables Oskar to increase the number of services it offers and to enhance their quality. Our objective is to make Oskar synonymous with a wide and accessible range of services bringing benefits of the latest technologies to ordinary users as well as demanding business clients,“ says Karla Stephens, Český Mobil’s vice-president.
Český Mobil a.s. became the third mobile network operator in the Czech Republic after being granted a GSM 900/1800 dual band license by the Czech government in October 1999 and launched commercial operations on March 1, 2000 under the brand name Oskar. Oskar entered the year 2001 having acquired more than 300.000 customers, which marks a record for a GSM operator in the first year of operations in the Czech republic.
Český Mobil a.s. is a member of telecommunications group of Canadian-based Telesystem International Wireless (TIW). TIW is a rapidly growing, global mobile communications operator with over 4,5 million subscribers worldwide. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TIW") and NASDAQ ("TIWI").
TIW is deploying a pan-European digital specialized mobile radio (ESMR) network through its subsidiary Dolphin Telecom plc. Dolphin currently offers ESMR services in the United Kingdom, in addition to analog SMR services in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
In addition to its Dolphin operations, TIW is the strategic and operating partner of Brazil’s fifth largest cellular group with operations in four regions. In Central and Eastern Europe, TIW is a cellular market leader in Romania. After being granted the GSM license in October 1999 TIW became a fast-developing dual-band GSM operator in the Czech Republic.