Published: Friday 21 July 2006 | 12:32 PM CET
Vodafone Czech Republic has temporarily ceased its preparations for the launch of UMTS services, spokesperson Jakub Hrabovsky told Telecompaper. The company has decided to stop the UMTS project because it expects low returns on the investments in UMTS. Vodafone CZ plans to look for other options including using a mix of technologies, which could still include UMTS, or network sharing. In 2005, Vodafone won a UMTS licence for CZK 2 billion, and the licence condition stipulates the launch of services before January 2008. Hrabovsky said the company does not plan on giving back the licence, leaving the door open for future development on UMTS services.