2012 Czech Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 20 Aug 2012 Update History

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Report Pages: 72

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the Czech Republic’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. 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, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • 3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

VOLNY transfers DSL subscribers to O2 and sues for CZK4 billion; telecom revenue falls 4.1% in Q1 2012; government’s ICT strategy developing cost savings; Dial Telecom quadruples international capacity; ASO on CT1 and CT2 completed; Ceske Radiokomunikace buys CDG to control three muxes; SkyLink bought by M7 Group; DVB-T2 expected to reach 60% population coverage by end-2012; CRa merges with majority shareholder MCCH; Vodafone launches VDSL2 services; RIO Media building one of the largest FttH networks; BPL in Prague a success through SmartCity Platform; cloud computing now used by 20% of businesses; broadband subscriber base show steady growth; MNOs promote m-payment services; T-Mobile launches DC-HSPA+; Telefónica and T-Mobile sign network sharing agreement; regulator closes analogue NMT network; spectrum auction in several bands prepared for later in 2012; regulator’s 2011 annual report and market update to June 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to June 2012; market developments to mid-2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telefónica O2, T-Mobile, GTS Czech, Èeské Radiokomunikace, MobilKom, T-Systems Czech Republic, BT, ÈD-Telematika, ÈEZ ICT Services and UPC Èeská republika, DigiTV, CRa, CDG, Vodafone, Nej TV, RIO Media, T-Mobile CR.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2012 (11th Edition)

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2012 (11th Edition)


Executive Summary

UPC network investment results in cable broadband gains on DSL

BuddeComm’s annual publication, Czech Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in one of Eastern Europe’s more progressive countries. The report includes the regulator’s market data to the end of 2011, telcos’ financial and operating data to June 2012, and market developments in mid-2012.

Economic background

Following two years of solid growth, the economy faltered in 2008, falling by 4.7%. Slow growth was again achieved in 2009, though it slowed again in 2011, to 1.7%, and is expected to show only marginal growth for 2012. The recovery process has been jeopardised by inflationary pressures caused by a growth in costs for oil, food and raw materials, counteracted by the strengthening Czech currency.

Telecom market overview

Economic difficulties have been mirrored in the telecoms sector, where revenue has fallen steadily since 2010. The largest fall has been in the mobile sector, while overall ICT revenue has also declined. Little respite is expected through to 2013 as telcos face stiffening competition in a maturing market as well as the effects of newly imposed termination and roaming tariffs.

Broadband market

In general terms, the market share of broadband subscribers held by DSL providers has fallen since 2006 while the cable sector has been relatively stable. The Market share of FttX has risen steadily, though at a slower pace than that of mobile broadband. In the wake of the greater availability and capabilities of mobile technologies, the market share of broadband based on WiFi and FWA has fallen since about 2007.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2012




Subscribers by sector (million):

Fixed broadband subscribers



Mobile broadband



Mobile phone



Fixed-line telephony



Penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband









(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

  • Following ASO in early 2012, the national transmission company Radiokomunikace has concentrated on using DVB-T2 to distribute channels. The company aims to have DVB-T2 services reaching 60% of the population by the end of 2012.
  • The main cableco UPC offers a 100Mb/s service based on Euro DOCSIS 3.0. This greater speed has placed considerable pressure on Telefónica CR’s DSL network, and has led to the cable sector gaining a larger share of the broadband market. UPC’s broadband subscriber base has considerable room to grow given that only a third of tw0-way homes passed by its network are broadband customers.
  • The auction for spectrum in a range of bands expected later in 2012 will enable a fourth player to enter the market, using reserved spectrum in the 800MHz band. 

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in the Czech Republic. It provides further information on:

  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
  • 3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
  • Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
  • Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
  • ARPU statistics and forecasts.

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