The present invention relates generally to the problem of cell selection, for e.g. cell handover, in mobile telecommunication systems, and more particularly to the problem of selecting the optimum cell among cells with differing capabilities due to different air interface modes. Known algorithms for cell selection and handover are extended by applying additional criteria that take into account the capabilities, due to different modulation and coding schemes, of the mobile station and the base stations that are possible candidates. The quality of service (“QoS”) is predicted for the different cell candidates based on a combination of signal strength or C/I, different cell capabilities, multislot capability, etc. Then the cell is selected for which the predicted QoS is maximum. In another embodiment the invention is extended by taking into account further criteria which are suitable from a system point of view, e.g. to avoid a significant increase of average outage probability or interference level. The present invention increases the use of base stations supporting high data rates. The result is an increase in overall system throughput.