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Mobile standards and operators in Your country

PostPosted: 2015 Jan 28, 15:39
by oldmobil
Due to database error 'Mobile standards and operators in Your country' topic accidentally deleted, but I restored post text...

Post by Oldmobil:
Sometimes hard to find any information about mobile standards and operators from the past and from a specific country. This topic may help, if You write here a short mobile history of Your country.


In the communist period there wasn't public mobile phone service in Hungary, so we don't have any public 0G network. But for the politicians and for the military staff there was a soviet technology mobile service called Altai but it is ceased after transition. (This standard was most common in the Soviet Union (non-publicly) and trasferred for public use in some areas after 1990.)

Operator: Westel Rádiótelefon Kft. (also known as Westel 450 or Westel 0660)
Standard: NMT-450 analogue (1G)
The first public mobile service in Hungary started at 15th of Oct 1990 with three base station and one switching center. The operator Westel Rádiótelefon Kft. owned by the local state telephone company (Matáv) and the US based US West Int. The NMT-450 technology was imported from the north and Westel covered the whole country soon. They started to sell Motorola, Ericsson and Benefon transportables and later Nokia and Benefon handportable and pocket phones. (The 0660 name refers to Westel's call prefix.) The number of subscribers had been grown till 1999 (it was about 100 000) but with the expansion of GSM operators it reduced to 17 000 in 2003. The operation was ceased at 30th of Jun 2003.

Operator: Westel 900 GSM Mobil Távközlési Rt. (also known as Westel 900, later: Westel, now T-Mobile)
Standard: GSM 900, later GSM 1800, UMTS and LTE (2G, 3G, 4G)
This company formed from owners of Westel Rádiótelefon Kft. and started GSM 900 service at March of 1994. The company reached 2 million subscriber in 2000 and changed his name from 'Westel 900' to 'Westel' because it started GSM 1800 MHz service along 900 MHz. The company was renamed to 'T-Mobile' in 2004 becoming a member of the Deutsche Telekom owned T-Mobile group. This is the market leader provider today with 46% market share (2013).

Operator: Pannon GSM Távközlési Zrt. (Also known as Pannon GSM, later Pannon, now Telenor)
Standard: GSM 900, later GSM 1800, UMTS and LTE (2G, 3G, 4G)
Pannon founded by Dutch, Danish, Norwegien and Hungarian companies it opened his service February of 1994. It started to growing slightly slower than Westel. In 2006 it changed his name from 'Pannon GSM' to 'Pannon' when introduced 3G service. In 2010 the Norwegian based Telenor Group increased its share in the company to 100% and renamed to Telenor. They has a 31% market share in 2013.

Operator: Vodafone Magyarország Zrt. (also known as Vodafone)
Standard: GSM 900/1800, later UMTS and LTE (2G, 3G, 4G)
The UK owned company started its business in November of 1999 and built own country wide 900/1800 MHz network for January of 2001. With lower prices and wide range of prepaid offers it reached 2 million subscriber in mid 2005. Now Vodafone has a 23% market share in Hungary.

Post by spectreman:
Australian Mobile Services - early years

1981 - 1993 Telecom Australia PAMTS (Public Automatic Mobile Telephone System) 0G
- Used 10 watt car phones made by NEC, very expensive.
- Maximum subscribers on 80 base stations was 14,000. Only covered capital cities and larger towns.
- Operated on 500MHz, large cells. Proprietary NEC system. The control channel data ran at 300 baud !

1987 - 2000 Telecom Australia AMPS service - Mobilenet
- Maximum number of base stations reached 1360, covered 85% of the population
- Ericsson supplied base stations
- A range of handheld and transportable phones were marketed by Telecom Australia, made by Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Motorola, NEC.
- Maximum number of subscribers reached 2.57 million in 1996.