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Czech Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Czech Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Czech infrastructure owner CETIN to invest CZK22 billion in through to 2022

The Czech Republic’s telecom sector has undergone a significant transformation during the last two years. The fixed-line incumbent, privatised and majority owned by an investment firm, is facing the increasingly challenging task of stabilising revenue as fixed-line traffic continues to migrate to mobile operators and competing fixed-line operators. The company has transitioned itself to face market challenges, having split into separate divisions and created the CETIN unit to manage the fixed and mobile networks while also operating as a wholesale network provider.

The country’s media market is evolving under the weight of digital TV and convergence trends, with over half the population now receiving TV services digitally. The take-up of videostreaming services is growing on the back of more affordable broadband access, while the cable TV market has undergone consolidation to create a major player sizeable enough to compete effectively against the incumbent.

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. 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 upgraded technologies including LTE-A and tri-band carrier aggregation are being widely deployed.

Growth in the fixed-line broadband market has slowed in line with higher penetration. The sector has more recently seen stronger growth in the cable sector, as the key player UPC CR continues to upgrade its network to provide far faster services than are available with DSL. While UPC CR already offers data speeds of up to 300Mb/s, its parent Liberty Global is investing in DOCSIS3.1 technology and commercial 1Gb/s services could be available during 2017 or 2018. The migration away from DSL has also been prompted by the expansion of fibre networks, which are being built out by a number of telcos. Fixed wireless broadband remains strong, with penetration among the highest in the EU. Widespread broadband access has laid the foundation for a developing internet society, with a range of online services and activities taking place.
0This report provides an overview of the evolving fixed-line telecoms and IT markets in the Czech Republic, including a review of the regulatory environment. It incorporates a range of updated statistics, as well as profiles of the major operators and their business strategies. The report also addresses developments in the fixed broadband market, profiling the key players, and assessing access platforms and market trends. In addition the report covers the mobile market, providing an overview of the network operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 Czech Republic, 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.

Key developments:

O2 CR splits infrastructure assets into a new business entity, CETIN;
CETIN planning to invest CZK22 billion in network infrastructure through to 2022;
Regulator sets out conditions for a 3.6-3.8GHz spectrum auction;
Vodafone CR launches VDSL2 services;
RIO Media building one of the largest FttP networks;
BPL in Prague a success through SmartCity Platform;
Cloud computing now used by a quarter of businesses;
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;
O2 CR contracts 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;
UPC promotes 300Mb/s data speeds to support bundled services;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates for 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, GTS Czech, Èeské Radiokomunikace, MobilKom, BT, ÈD-Telematika, ÈEZ ICT Services, UPC CR, DigiTV, CRa, CDG, Vodafone Czech Republic, Air Telekom (MobilKom, U:fon), Nej TV, RIO Media.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Czech Republic - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband subscriber statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • Table ICT consumer expenditure and investment - 2003 - 2014
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
      • EU Regulatory Framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
      • Ceske Radiokomunikace
      • O2 Czech Republic
    • INTERCONNECT
    • CARRIER SELECTION AND CARRIER PRESELECTION
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed-line ported numbers - 2003 - 2015
    • ACCESS
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Fixed-line traffic- 2009 - 2016
      • Table PSTN and mobile traffic- 2004 - 2014
    • O2 CZECH REPUBLIC
      • Table O2 CR financial data (€) - 2006 - 2013
      • Table O2 CR financial data (€) - 2006 - 2013
      • Table O2 CR financial data (CZK) - 2012 - 2016
      • Table O2 CR telephony lines accesses by type - 2012 - 2016
      • Sale to PPF Group
      • Company separation
    • CESKE RADIOKOMUNIKACE (CRA)
    • GTS CZECH
      • Table GTS Czech financial data (CZK) - 2009 - 2010
      • Table GTS Czech financial data (€) - 2010 - 2015
      • Table GTS Czech fixed-line subscribers - 2013 - 2015
    • CD-TELEMATIKA (CD-T)
    • VOLNÝ
      • Table Dial Telecom revenue breakdown - 2008 - 2009
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • O2 CR
    • ALTERNATIVE OPERATORS
    • TELECOMS & IT
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table O2 CR naked DSL lines - 2009 - 2014
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Household use of broadband by access type - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by fixed access type - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by wireless access type - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband penetration by type - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate - 2011 - 2014
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016;2018;2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2016
      • Table UPC broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table T-Mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2016
      • Table O2 CR broadband subscribers by access type - 2006 - 2016
      • Table O2 CR DSL and VDSL subscribers - 2014 - 2016
      • Table DSL subscribers - retail, wholesale, LLU - 2006 - 2011
      • Table DSL subscribers by type (regulator data) - 2010 - 2015
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttX subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless broadband
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • KEY DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS
      • Czech Television (CT)
      • TV Nova
        • Table CME revenue (Czech Republic, CZK) - 2011 - 2012
        • Table CME revenue (Czech Republic, $) - 2011 - 2016
      • Prima TV
      • UPC Czech Republic
        • Table UPC - Homes passed - 2003 - 2016
        • Table UPC CR subscribers by service type - 2003 - 2016
      • DigiTV
      • SkyLink
        • Table Historic - SkyLink subscribers - 2006 - 2011
      • Other developments
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table O2 CR IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table VoIP connections - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • Multiplex developments
      • Broadcasting licences awarded
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • STRATEGY
      • Table Individuals engaged in online purchases - 2005 - 2015
    • LEGISLATION
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • Infrastructure
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Market share of subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table O2 CR prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Average mobile data use per subscriber - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Mobile internet ARPU - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2003 - 2016
        • Table O2 CR SMS messages sent - 2014 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Significant market power (SMP) obligations
      • Roaming tariffs
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
        • Table SMS roaming charges by operator- 2010 - 2015
        • Table Data roaming charges by operator- 2012 - 2015
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • GSM licences
        • Table 2G spectrum awarded in the Czech Republic
      • UMTS licences
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile number portings - 2006 - 2015
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • M2M
      • Table M2M connections - 2012 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table O2 CR subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Table O2 CR mobile service revenue (€) - 2006 - 2013
      • Table O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) - 2012 - 2016
      • Table O2 CR ARPU (€) - 2006 - 2013
      • Table O2 CR ARPU (CZK) - 2012 - 2016
      • Table T-Mobile CR subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Table T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue - 2009 - 2016
      • Table T-Mobile CR blended ARPU - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Vodafone CR subscribers - 2008 - 2016
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile advertising
      • M-commerce
      • M-payments
      • Mobile TV

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