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Oskar will be the first Czech mobile operator to participate in the development of European telecommunications standards

02. February 2001

Český Mobil, the operator of the Oskar network, is the first Czech mobile operator to become full member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). As a result of this, Oskar will now participate directly in the creation of documents governing the uniform telecommunication regulations in Europe. ETSI unites 789 members from 52 countries and since its establishment in 1988 it is dedicated to producing and disseminating telecommunications standards with an emphasis on Europe. The membership base of this non-profit organization includes mobile operators, manufacturers of technologies, service providers, research bodies and representatives of users. Many of ETSI’s standards are adopted by the European Committee as a base for the creation of directives and regulations valid in the EU countries.

Český Mobil, the operator of the Oskar network, is the first Czech mobile operator to become full member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). As a result of this, Oskar will now participate directly in the creation of documents governing the uniform telecommunication regulations in Europe.

ETSI unites 789 members from 52 countries and since its establishment in 1988 it is dedicated to producing and disseminating telecommunications standards with an emphasis on Europe. The membership base of this non-profit organization includes mobile operators, manufacturers of technologies, service providers, research bodies and representatives of users. Many of ETSI’s standards are adopted by the European Committee as a base for the creation of directives and regulations valid in the EU countries. The standards produced by the ETSI thus help significantly to prevent market fragmentation. ETSI’s greatest achievements include the creation of a set of standards for the public mobile GSM communications, which nowadays ensure almost worldwide smooth communication between mobile phones from various suppliers on one side and networks run by different operators on the other.

Jon Eddy, the Chief Technical Officer at Cesky Mobil, sees the company’s membership in ETSI as just another sign of Oskar‘s becoming one of the institutions that play a major role in producing standards for the European telecommunications market. „In spite of the fact that Oskar is the youngest mobile network in the Czech Republic, our membership in ETSI gives us the unrivalled opportunity to contribute significantly to the creation of standards originated in the Czech research environment that will define the room for further growth. In consequence, this will allow us to provide even higher-quality service to our customers.“

As shown by Oskar’s over USD 4 million investment in the globally unique Research and Development Center which opens in Prague on February 1, Český Mobil is assuming an increasingly significant role in the development and implementation of new wireless technologies.

Zdeněk Gütter, the Director of the Research and Development Center, considers Český Mobil’s membership of the ETSI as a possibility of closer cooperation and faster technological information exchange: “I can imagine the Research and Development Center working out a technical solution or project we might present to an ETSI’s technical committee and possibly make it become a telecommunication standard. Oskar will thus not only gain a considerable lead in its development but it will also help to spread new technological solutions that are suitable to both the Czech market as well as other european markets.“

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. Over the first 10 months of operation, Oskar acquired more than 300.000 customers, becoming the fastest growing mobile operator in the Czech Republic over the first year of operation.
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 the cellular market leader in Romania. After licence award in October 1999, Cesky Mobil became the fastest growing dual-band GSM operator in the Czech Republic.