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Telefónica O2 modernizes GSM network for smart device users

Operator selects Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade network in Prague and Brno

(PresseBox) (Prague,Czech Republic, ) Telefónica O2 subscribers in Prague and Brno will soon enjoy faster mobile broadband speeds. The operator is upgrading its network to 2.5G, EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM), technology to keep pace with growth in mobile data and the increasing use of smart devices. It has extended its existing contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to provide the upgrade with its energy efficient Flexi Base Stations.

"We were looking for a solution that not only enhances the network speed, but also brings substantially improved energy efficiency," said Petr Slovacek, COO, Telefónica O2 Czech Republic. "We chose Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Stations for these two key attributes, in addition to their efficiency at helping increase battery life for our smartphone subscribers."

"As there is a growing demand for dataintensive applications used on smart devices, we are in an excellent position to support Telefónica O2," said Thomas Riedel, the head of Nokia Siemens Networks' business with the operator in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. "With our Flexi Base Stations, we also are able to provide much needed energy efficiency to their network."

Under the scope of this contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade Telefónica O2's 2G network by deploying its award winning Flexi Base Stations. In addition, the company will install, commission, integrate, project manage the upgrade as well as extend the operator's packet core network.

About Telefónica O2 Czech Republic

Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is a major integrated operator in the Czech Republic. It is now operating more than seven million lines, both fixed and mobile, making it one of the world's leading providers of fully converged services. The organization offers the most comprehensive portfolio of voice and data services in this country. It is paying special attention to the exploitation of the growth potential, particularly in the data and Internet sector. Telefónica O2 Czech Republic operates the largest fixed and mobile network including a 3rd generation network, CDMA (for data), and UMTS, enabling voice, data and video transmission. Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is also a notable provider of ICT services.

Telefónica O2 Europe is a business division of Telefónica comprising mobile, fixed, and DSL operations in the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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