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Czech Republic - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Czech Republic - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The Czech mobile market is dominated by three operators, of which two are the local units of the major pan-European players Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group. O2 Czech Republic was sold by Telefónica to an investment firm, the PPF Group, and has been split into a network management business and a separate retail business, while the mobile services provider U:fon was acquired by Nordic Investors and now trades as Nordic Telecom.

Although the government in 2017 amended the Telecommunications Act to improve pricing for end-users the market remains relatively uncompetitive. To address this the regulator planned to attract a new market player when it auctions 5G-suitable spectrum at the end of 2019.

All telcos 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. T-Mobile and O2 are both active in developing services and applications based on 5G.

This report covers the Czech Republic's mobile market, providing an overview of the network operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and Nordic Telekom, as well as developments in technologies and regulatory affairs. 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.

Key developments:

Regulator makes conditions for 700MHz and 3.4GHz spectrum auction by end-2019 to support a new market entrant;
Antitrust regulators rule against T-Mobile CR network sharing deal with O2 CR;
Regulator assigns 3.6GHz spectrum blocks to licensees;
T-Mobile switches on LTE in the 2600MHz band, adding to services in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands;
MNOs promote m-payment services;
T-Mobile to close 3G services by 2020;
Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2017 and market reports to December 2018; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2019; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, Vodafone Czech Republic, Nordic Telecom (MobilKom, U:fon).


1 Market analysis
2 Mobile statistics
2.1 General statistics
3 Mobile infrastructure
3.1 5G
3.2 4G (LTE)
3.3 3G
3.4 GSM
3.5 Analogue networks
3.6 Other infrastructure developments
3.7 Mobile voice
3.8 Mobile data
3.9 Mobile broadband statistics
4 Regulatory issues
4.1 Significant market power (SMP) obligations
4.2 Roaming tariffs
4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
4.4 2G licences
4.5 3G licences
4.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.7 Network sharing
4.8 Spectrum auctions
5 Major mobile operators
5.1 O2 Czech Republic
5.2 T-Mobile Czech Republic
5.3 Vodafone Czech Republic
5.4 Nordic Telecom (MobilKom/U:fon)
5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6 Mobile content and applications
6.1 Location-based services
6.2 Mobile advertising
6.3 M-commerce
6.4 M-payments
7 Appendix Historic data
8 Related reports
Table 1 Historic Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 2009
Table 2 Historic - Annual mobile number portings 2006 2016
Table 3 Historic - SMS messages sent 2003 2009
Table 4 Historic Ration of prepaid to contract subscribers 2001 2009
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009 2024
Chart 2 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 3 T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers 2005 2019
Chart 4 O2 CR prepaid subscribers 2004 2019
Chart 5 Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers 2005 2019
Chart 6 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2012 2017
Chart 7 Growth in mobile voice traffic 2009 2017
Chart 8 Average mobile broadband data use per subscriber 2011 2017
Chart 9 Total SMS messages sent 2010 2019
Chart 10 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 11 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2017
Chart 12 O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) 2012 2019
Chart 13 O2 CR mobile subscribers 2006 2019
Chart 14 O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) 2012 2019
Chart 15 O2 CR ARPU (CZK) 2012 2018
Chart 16 Growth in the number of T-Mobile CR subscribers 2006 2019
Chart 17 Development of T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue 2009 2019
Chart 18 Decline in T-Mobile CR blended ARPU 2004 2019
Chart 19 Vodafone CR subscribers 2008 2019
Exhibit 1 2G spectrum 1999
Exhibit 2 Multi-spectrum auction 2013

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