Market Research Logo

Czech Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

This report covers trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media including VoIP and IPTV developments. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MOU;
  • Internet, IPTV;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and digital media.Researcher:- Paul KwonCurrent publication date:- June 2010 (9th Edition)Next publication date:- June 2011



One of the ten countries that joined the European Union in May 2004, the Czech Republic enjoyed the following period of rapid economic growth. However despite holding a strong macroeconomic position, characterised by low inflation, low interest rates and a conservative banking sector, the Czech Republic was affected by the global financial turmoil due to weakening demand for its export products as well as decreased risk appetite among global investors.


Like many sectors of the economy, the country’s telecoms market underwent reform to align itself with that of the EU. This included full market liberalisation although the delay in implementing effective regulation to ensure fair competition has forced many struggling alternative operators to merge. Conditions are expected to improve as the regulator continues to gain experience in ensuring fair competition.


The Czech fixed broadband market continues to experience significant growth on the back of infrastructure-based competition, with the Czech Republic maintaining its unique status in Eastern Europe of possessing a sizeable fixed wireless broadband market. A technology upgrade by a major cable operator has allowed it to offer connections of equivalent capability to that of fibre.


Over half of the population receives TV services digitally. Take up of IPTV services is growing on the back of more affordable broadband access while analogue switch-off continues on a regional basis in the Free-to-Air broadcasting market. Digital satellite TV services are widely available from a number of competing platforms and the only major cable TV operator has commenced regular broadcasts of 3D programming.


The Czech Republic possesses a well-developed mobile market, with SIM card penetration levels in excess of 100%. With mobile voice markets saturated and opportunities for new mobile subscriber additions minimal, the three established mobile network operators have focused on improving Average Revenue per User levels, which have fallen due to competition and tariff regulations issued by the regulator. Strategies include encouraging take up of mobile broadband services and expanding into offering fixed-line voice and data services, initially focusing on the business market but later expanding into the residential market.


Market highlights:Healthy infrastructure-based competition is evident in the fixed broadband market. Despite strong competition from the incumbent’s DSL offering, cable, fibre and wireless have maintained their respective proportion of the growing fixed broadband market due to technology upgrades such as DOCSIS 3.0, allowing speeds of up to 120Mb/s.Internet society-based services are becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated one-third of the population using e-government services and one in ten registered for the government’s electronic healthcare record system, which allows patients to easily access and control usage of their health care records.Despite contracting in 2009, the broadcasting market is expected to turn around as advertising spend mirrors the growth path of the overall economy. Digital TV continues to make inroads into the overall broadcasting market, ahead of an analogue switch-off target date of 2012.Mobile broadband has grown faster than the fixed broadband market and the overall mobile market, highlighting its importance as a growth opportunity. Mobile operators have broadened product portfolios through acquisition of fixed-line operators to compete head-to-head with the incumbent.Czech Republic - key telecom parameters - 2009 - 2010


Sector | 2009 | 2010 (e) |
Broadband | | |
Fixed broadband subscribers (thousand) | 2,004 | 2,300 |
Fixed broadband penetration rate | 19% | 22% |
Mobile broadband penetration rate | 15% | 18% |
Subscribers to Telecoms Services | | |
Fixed-line telephone subscribers (thousand) | 2,150 | 2,050 |
Mobile phone subscribers (thousand) | 14,000 | 14,100 |
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of the Czech Republic telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.1.1 EU Regulatory Framework
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.2.1 Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO)
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in the Czech Republic
3.3.1 Privatisation
3.3.2 Interconnect
3.3.3 Carrier selection and PreSelection
3.3.4 Number portability
3.3.5 Access
4. Fixed Network Operators in the Czech Republic
4.1 Overview of operators
4.2 Telefónica O2 Czech Republic
4.3 Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa)
4.4 GTS Novera
4.5 CD-Telematika (CD-T)
4.6 VOLNÝ
>5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Telefónica O2 CR
5.1.2 Alternative operators
5.1.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.2 Telecoms & IT
6. Wholesaling
6.1 Overview
7. Internet Market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.2 ISP market
7.3 Internet society
7.3.1 Strategy
7.3.2 Legislation
7.3.3 E-government
7.3.4 E-health
8. Broadband Market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Fixed broadband statistics
8.3 Cable modems
8.4 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
8.6 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
8.7 Wireless broadband
8.7.1 WiFi
8.7.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
8.7.3 Internet via satellite
8.7.4 WiMAX
9. Convergence
9.1 Overview of media convergence
9.2 Triple play models
9.3 Overview of broadcasting market
9.3.1 Czech Television (CT)
9.3.2 TV Nova
9.3.3 Prima TV
9.4 Regulatory developments
9.5 Digital TV
9.5.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
9.5.2 Cable TV (CATV)
9.5.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
9.5.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10. Mobile Communications
10.1 Overview of the Czech Republic’s mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Significant Market Power (SMP) obligations
10.2.2 EU roaming tariffs
10.2.3 Mobile termination rates
10.2.4 GSM licences
10.2.5 UMTS licences
10.2.6 Mobile data network tender
10.2.7 Mobile Number Portability
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.3.1 Digital
10.3.2 GSM
10.3.3 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
10.3.4 3G UMTS
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Telefónica O2 Czech Republic
10.4.2 T-Mobile
10.4.3 Vodafone Czech Republic
10.4.4 MobilKom / U:fon
10.5 Mobile voice services
10.5.1 Prepaid cards
10.6 Mobile data services
10.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
10.6.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
10.6.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
10.6.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
10.6.5 Mobile broadband
10.6.6 BlackBerry
10.6.7 Mobile TV
10.7 Mobile content and applications
10.7.1 WAP usage
10.7.2 Location-based services
10.8 Mobile advertising
10.8.1 Vodafone CR
10.8.2 T-Mobile
11. Forecasts
11.1 Forecasts - broadband subscribers to 2018
11.1.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
11.1.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
12. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 - Country statistics Czech Republic - 2009
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2008
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2008
Table 4 - Broadband subscriber statistics - 2008
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2008
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telefónica O2 interconnection rates - 2006 - 2008
Table 8 - Telefónica O2 financial data and annual change - 2006 - 2008
Table 9 - Telefónica O2 fixed line accesses - 2006 - 2009
Table 10 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
Table 11 - Business Internet penetration by employee size - 2004 - 2008
Table 12 - Wholesale lines by type - January 2009
Table 13 - Access agreements with Telefónica O2 by type - 2006 - 2008
Table 14 - Cost of local loop unbundling and share access - 2006 - 2008
Table 15 - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 16 - Telefónica O2 Internet subscribers by access type - 2006 - 2009
Table 17 - Percentage of businesses receiving orders online by employee size - 2004 - 2008
Table 18 - Online purchases by individuals - 2005 - 2008
Table 19 - Take up of e-government services by businesses - 2003 - 2008
Table 20 - Take up of e-government services by individuals - 2003 - 2008
Table 21 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2008
Table 22 - Fixed broadband subscribers by access type - January 2009
Table 23 - Telefónica O2 ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2009
Table 24 - Audience share by broadcaster - prime time - 2005 - 2009
Table 25 - Audience share by broadcaster - all day - 2005 - 2009
Table 26 - Telefónica O2 pay TV subscribers - 2006 - 2009
Table 27 - UPC homes passed - 2003 - 2008
Table 28 - UPC subscribers by service type - 2003 - 2008
Table 29 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2008
Table 30 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2008
Table 31 - Telefónica O2 ARPU & MOU - 2006 - 2009
Table 32 - T-Mobile financial and operational data - 2004 - 2008
Table 33 - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 34 - T-Mobile prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 35 - Telefónica O2 CR prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2009
Table 36 - Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 37 - Total mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2004 - 2008
Table 38 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2009 - 2012; 2018
Table 39 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2009 - 2012; 2018
Exhibit 1 - The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 - Access, the local loop and unbundling - an overview
Exhibit 3 - The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual E-readiness criteria
Exhibit 4 - 2G spectrum awarded in the Czech Republic

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report