We retain the view that mobile broadband services and cellular innovation will continue to drive the Czech telecomsmarket. New bundle combinations and bigger data allowances will boost mobile growth, especially LTE take-up. Vodafone isincreasing its footprint in the Czech market with a view to becoming a stronger converged player by acquiring Liberty Global's cableassets. The deal was approved by the European Commission in July 2019 and the purchase was finalised at the beginning of August2019. Operators are preparing for the evolution towards 5G and four companies won spectrum which can be used in future 5Gdeployments in a mid-2017 auction. Another auction to allocate frequencies for 5G use in the 700MHz and 3,400-3,600MHz bandswill be held in H120 as the government looks to attract a potential fourth mobile network operator. Wireline investment in VDSL andfibre are on the rise and demand for high-speed services, including LTE-based fixed wireless broadband, should generate somegrowth in the fixed broadband sector.
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