Czech Republic - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Mobile penetration in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Central Europe. The market has attracted investment from the major Western European players, with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group each having an interest in the sector. O2 CR was recently acquired by an investment firm, and has been split into a network management business and a separate retail business, while U:fon in May 2016 was sold to a private equity firm. All operators have focused on growing revenue by marketing mobile broadband and other value-added services such as mobile content and applications. To this end they have invested in LTE infrastructure and technologies. LTE coverage reaches about 98% of the population, while technologies including LTE-A and tri-band carrier aggregation are being widely deployed. This report covers the mobile market of the Czech Republic, providing an overview of the network operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 Czech Republic and Air Telekom (formerly MobilKom), as well as technological, market and regulatory developments. A range of market and company statistics provide an insight into the state of both the mobile voice and data markets, as well as the performance and strategies of the key network players.
Regulator prepares for June 2017 auction of 3.6GHz spectrum; EC antitrust regulators investigate network sharing arrangements between O2 CR and T-Mobile CR; regulator auctions remaining blocks of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands; T-Mobile switches on LTE in the 2600MHz band, adding to services in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands; additional MVNOs launch services; O2 CR contracts infrastructure provider CETIN to build additional mobile transmitters across Prague; Vodafone CR launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling services; MNOs promote m-payment services; T-Mobile CR and Vodafone CR launch tri-band carrier aggregation LTE services; T-Mobile looks to end 3G services by 2020; regulator closes analogue NMT network; MVNO sector developing with new market entrants; report update includes the regulator's market data updates for 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.