2010 Czech Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Publication Overview

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 Kwon
Current publication date:- June 2010 (9th Edition)
Next publication date:- June 2011

Executive Summary

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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key Statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications Market
    • 2.1 Overview of the Czech Republic’s 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
    • 3.4 Privatisation
      • 3.4.1 Ceske Radiokomunikace
      • 3.4.2 Telefónica O2 CR
    • 3.5 Interconnect
    • 3.6 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
    • 3.7 Number portability
    • 3.8 Access
  • 4. Fixed Network Market
    • 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 Telefónica O2 CR
    • 5.2 Alternative operators
    • 5.3 Telecoms & IT
  • 6. Wholesaling
    • 6.1 Overview
  • 7. Internet Market
    • 7.1 Overview
      • 7.1.1 Internet statistics
  • 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 Overview
      • 8.7.2 WiFi
      • 8.7.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 8.7.4 WiMAX
    • 8.8 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • 8.8.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
      • 8.8.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
  • 9. Digital Economy
    • 9.1 Market overview
    • 9.2 Strategy
    • 9.3 Legislation
    • 9.4 E-government
      • 9.4.1 Infrastructure
    • 9.5 E-health
  • 10. Digital Media
    • 10.1 Overview of broadcasting market
      • 10.1.1 Czech Television (CT)
      • 10.1.2 TV Nova
      • 10.1.3 Prima TV
    • 10.2 Regulatory developments
    • 10.3 Digital TV
      • 10.3.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • 10.3.2 Cable TV (CATV)
      • 10.3.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
      • 10.3.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • 11. Mobile Communications
    • 11.1 Overview of the Czech Republic’s mobile market
      • 11.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 11.2 Regulatory issues
      • 11.2.1 Significant Market Power (SMP) obligations
      • 11.2.2 EU roaming tariffs
      • 11.2.3 Mobile Termination Rates
      • 11.2.4 GSM licences
      • 11.2.5 UMTS licences
      • 11.2.6 Mobile data network tender
      • 11.2.7 Mobile Number Portability
    • 11.3 Mobile technologies
      • 11.3.1 GSM
      • 11.3.2 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
      • 11.3.3 3G UMTS
    • 11.4 Major mobile operators
      • 11.4.1 Overview
      • 11.4.2 Telefónica O2 Czech Republic
      • 11.4.3 T-Mobile
      • 11.4.4 Vodafone Czech Republic
      • 11.4.5 MobilKom/U:fon
    • 11.5 Mobile voice services
      • 11.5.1 Prepaid cards
    • 11.6 Mobile messaging
      • 11.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 11.7 Mobile broadband
      • 11.7.1 Market overview and statistics
      • 11.7.2 TDD-UMTS
      • 11.7.3 1x EV-DO
      • 11.7.4 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)
    • 11.8 Mobile data services
      • 11.8.1 Overview
      • 11.8.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 11.8.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 11.8.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 11.8.5 BlackBerry
    • 11.9 Mobile content and applications
      • 11.9.1 Mobile TV
      • 11.9.2 WAP usage
      • 11.9.3 Location-based services
    • 11.10 Mobile advertising
      • 11.10.1 Overview
      • 11.10.2 Vodafone CR
      • 11.10.3 T-Mobile
  • 12. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Czech Republic – 2010
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2010
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2010
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2010
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2010
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telefónica O2 interconnection rates – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 8 – Telefónica O2 financial data – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 9 – Telefónica O2 fixed-line accesses – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 10 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2011
  • Table 12 – Workplace network usage by network type – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 13 – Wholesale lines by type – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Cost of local loop unbundling and share access – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 15 – Telefónica O2 Internet subscribers by access type – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 16 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2010
  • Table 17 – Fixed broadband subscribers by access type – January 2010
  • Table 18 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2010
  • Table 19 – Telefónica O2 ADSL subscribers – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 20 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
  • Table 21 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
  • Table 22 – E-education usage by individuals – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 23 – E-education usage by businesses – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 24 – Electronic sales as percentage of total non-VAT turnover for non-financial sector businesses with 10 or more employees – 2009
  • Table 25 – Online purchases by individuals – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 26 – Take up of e-government services by businesses – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 27 – Take up of e-government services by individuals – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 28 – Audience share by broadcaster – prime time – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 29 – Audience share by broadcaster – all day – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 30 – Total TV advertising spending – 2004 - 2009
  • Table 31 – Telefónica O2 pay TV subscribers – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 32 – UPC revenue – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 33 – UPC – Homes passed – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 34 – UPC – Subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 35 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – March 2009
  • Table 36 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2010
  • Table 37 – Telefónica O2 subscribers – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 38 – Telefónica O2 ARPU and MOU – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 39 – T-Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 40 – T-Mobile financial and operational data – 2004 - 2009
  • Table 41 – Vodafone subscribers – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 42 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2010
  • Table 43 – T-Mobile prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 44 – Telefónica O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2010
  • Table 45 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 46 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 47 – Total mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2010
  • 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

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