T-Mobile tests LTE on a large scale, and is ready for fast start-up

A total of 12 storage stations on the 2,600 MHz frequency in Prague 4 Kamku are currently being used to test Samsung’s LTE technology. T-Mobile’s local branch is testing it for the entire group. T-Mobile promises to start trial operation in Mlad Boleslav within a year.

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The T-Mobile operator is maximally preparing for the quick start of LTE. Of course, the company does not know how often the frequency will get (and if at all) from the preparation of the auction, whether the bag is ready for a number of variants and the start of LTE should definitely not remind the history of 3G in the Czech Republic.

According to the company’s representative, the company is ready to carry out a commercial start of LTE quickly on the assigned frequencies and is ready to invest large sums of money. T-Mobile is currently looking at how its LTE will work in practice. There are currently 12 storage stations in Prague, which are equipped with Smart LTE technology from the Korean Samsung.

We could thoroughly try this together presentation of both companies. And the impressions are very positive, the LTE is fast in practice.

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LTE test by T-Mobile in Prague

Even in practice in Prague 4, the speeds were high, on average without problems at 30 Mbit / s, and in a situation where a handful of colleagues equipped with the same Samsung tablets tested and around us. With the advantage of the Smart LTE, Samsung can be able to pre-catch the intercepting frequency of individual devices and thus limit the interference in cities with signal overlap from two stations. As a result, it can be in these cities and three times faster than the current LTE network.

It is a bit paradoxical that es-T-Mobile does not use this technology from Samsung. Smart LTE is testing the Czech branch for the entire multinational T-Mobile group, which wants to verify its functioning in practice. According to skillful information, Eclipse is not among the companies that the Czech branch offers its elements. What has changed me. Although T-Mobile is currently undergoing some sort of pre-selection of the bidder, the final decision on the technology supplier will be made and it will be clear how much the operator in the auction will win. And it will be at the end of November at the earliest (more about the dates of the auction in the article about the final comments from workshop T).

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LTE test by T-Mobile in Prague

At the joint presentation of T-Mobile and Samsung, we talked to a number of representatives of both companies and gave an idea of ​​how it is with LTE mind. The fact that T-Mobile is ready for a relatively fast start, we mentioned it. However, it is very interesting that the operator is very interested in the 800 MHz frequency, which is to cover large areas. The frequency of 2,600 MHz, combined with the capacitive bleeding of all cities, is not so attractive. This is quite logical: this frequency requires a significant number of storage stations, even compared to the current 3G at 2,100 MHz.

Representatives of T-Mobile thus actually confirmed what the team of other operators will say in the long run. They would rather build LTE on the current frequency of 1,800 MHz, but they do not have enough access to the psma and due to the block reserved for the new game, they cannot even get it. We wonder how it will end up with a high-frequency spectrum. Licenses are quite cheap here, but the subsequent investment in infrastructure is very high.

With the representatives of Samsung, we also took the prices of the new st. Understandably, no one should share the specific information, due to trade secrets or temporary ignorance of the conditions. Between e, but there were figures in the breath of hundreds of millions of euros to cover land the size of the Czech Republic. How high hundreds of millions it will be, badly, especially at the selected frequencies and speed of installation.

In any case, it is only an investment in the components of the base stations, their wiring and antennas, not investments in the five stations, the construction of completely new storage stations, service fees and many other necessary investments. From this we can conclude that only the basic coverage of LTE could currently benefit at least 5 billion crowns from the current operators, but the investments will be several times higher.

At the same time, this confirms our previous speculation that a new brand new operator would cost at least 20 billion crowns, and this is most likely to be an optimistic value. One brand new warehouse station can easily cost 2.5 million crowns, and an estimated 5,000 of them are needed for the complete coverage of the republic with the frequencies 800 and 2600 MHz.