2013 Czech Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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:

MNOs promote m-payment services; T-Mobile expands DC-HSPA+ offering 42Mb/s; Telefónica and T-Mobile sign network sharing agreement; regulator closes analogue NMT network; Vodafone trials LTE; mobile ARPU continues to fall; regulator suspends multi-frequency spectrum auction; MVNO market developing with new players in 2013; MTRs reduced for incumbent MNOs; ASO on CT1 and CT2 completed; Ceske Radiokomunikace buys CDG to control three muxes; SkyLink bought by M7 Group; VOLNY transfers DSL subscribers to O2; stagnant economy since 2008 affecting consumer spend on telecom services; government’s ICT strategy developing cost savings; Dial Telecom quadruples international capacity; DVB-T2 reaches two-thirds population coverage; CRa merges with majority shareholder MCCH; wireless broadband remaining popular; Vodafone launches VDSL2 services; RIO Media building FttH network; BPL in Prague a success through SmartCity Platform; cloud computing used by 20% of businesses; broadband subscriber base shows steady growth; regulator’s 2011 market data and update to June 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- June 2013 (12th Edition)

Executive Summary

Spectrum auction seen as vital to developing competition in the mobile market

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 sectors of one of Europe’s more progressive markets. The report includes the regulator’s 2011 market data and updates to mid-2012, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2013 and market developments to mid-2013.

Telecom market overview

The Czech Republic has a well developed mobile and broadband market, supported by the activities of major international telcos. Total revenue from the electronic communications sector has fallen in recent years, partly due to regulatory measures relating to tariffs, roaming and access charges. Consumers have also scaled back their spending on non-essential telecom services while the economy more generally is still to recover from weakening demand for export products. The recovery process has been jeopardised by inflationary pressures caused by a growth in costs for oil, food and raw materials. Nevertheless, investment in telecom networks and services has increased since 2010 as telcos prepare the groundwork to deliver new IP-based services in coming years.

Mobile market

Mobile penetration in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Eastern Europe. Although four network operators provide services, the sector is dominated by T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefónica. These have focused on migrating prepaid users to postpaid plans to develop higher ARPU and revenue, which has fallen in recent years due to competition and price regulations issued by the regulator. To encourage further competition and develop the nascent MVNO sector the regulator has considered implementing further measures and price controls. The imminent auction of 800MHz spectrum could also reserve frequencies for a new entrant.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2013

Sector

2010

2013 (e)

Subscribers by sector (million):

Fixed broadband subscribers

2.30

2.93

Mobile broadband

0.54

0.94

Mobile phone

14.4

13.5

Fixed-line telephony

2.42

1.60

Penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband

22.0%

27.6%

Mobile

136%

131%

Fixed-line

185

15%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

  • Telefónica’s longstanding m-payments platform with Visa, in partnership with a number of banks, has been supplemented by an additional service which includes payment terminals from Ingenico. SIM cards supporting NFC technologies will greatly speed up the adoption of m-payment services in coming years.
  • The delayed auction of 800MHz spectrum licences, expected later in 2013, will go far to increase competition in a mobile sector dominated by only three players. With a portion of the band being reserved for new entrants, the auction is expected to raise at least CZK7 billion for the state.
  • Vodafone trialled LTE services in mid-2013, with a commercial service expected later in the year using frequencies in the 1800MHz band and offering data rates at up to 100Mbs.
  • Guided by the EC’s costing methodology, the regulator’s reduction of MTRs has lowered costs for consumers.
  • In terms of overall market share by platform, the DSL and wireless (WLL) sectors have lost ground since 2004, the cable sector has remained steady, and the mobile and fibre sectors have grown rapidly.

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.

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 telecom market
    • 2.2 Government support
  • 3. Regulatory Environment
    • 3.1 Background
      • 3.1.1 EU Regulatory Framework
      • 3.1.2 Revised NFR
    • 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 (NP)
    • 3.8 Access
  • 4. Fixed Network Operators
    • 4.1 Overview of operators
    • 4.2 Telefónica O2 Czech Republic
    • 4.3 Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa)
    • 4.4 GTS Czech
    • 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
    • 5.4 Wholesaling
      • 5.4.1 Overview
  • 6. Broadband Market
    • 6.1 Fixed broadband market
      • 6.1.1 Overview
      • 6.1.2 Cable modems
      • 6.1.3 Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)
      • 6.1.4 Fibre-to-the-home (FttH) networks
      • 6.1.5 Broadband over powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Wireless broadband market
      • 6.2.1 Overview
      • 6.2.2 WiFi
      • 6.2.3 Wireless local loop (WLL)
      • 6.2.4 WiMAX
      • 6.2.5 Mobile broadband
  • 7. Digital Economy
    • 7.1 Market overview
    • 7.2 Strategy
    • 7.3 Legislation
    • 7.4 E-government
      • 7.4.1 Infrastructure
    • 7.5 E-health
  • 8. Digital Media
    • 8.1 Overview of broadcasting market
      • 8.1.1 Czech Television (CT)
      • 8.1.2 TV Nova
      • 8.1.3 Prima TV
    • 8.2 Regulatory developments
    • 8.3 Digital TV
      • 8.3.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • 8.3.2 Cable TV (CATV)
      • 8.3.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
      • 8.3.4 Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • 9. Mobile Communications
    • 9.1 Overview of the Czech Republic’s mobile market
      • 9.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 9.2 Regulatory issues
      • 9.2.1 Significant market power (SMP) obligations
      • 9.2.2 Roaming tariffs
      • 9.2.3 Mobile termination rates (MTR)
      • 9.2.4 GSM licences
      • 9.2.5 UMTS licences
      • 9.2.6 Mobile data network tender
      • 9.2.7 Mobile number portability (MNP)
      • 9.2.8 Network sharing
      • 9.2.9 Spectrum auctions
    • 9.3 Mobile technologies
      • 9.3.1 Analogue
      • 9.3.2 GSM
      • 9.3.3 Code division multiple access (CDMA)
      • 9.3.4 3G UMTS
    • 9.4 Major mobile operators
      • 9.4.1 Overview
      • 9.4.2 Telefónica O2 Czech Republic
      • 9.4.3 T-Mobile
      • 9.4.4 Vodafone Czech Republic
      • 9.4.5 MobilKom/U:fon
      • 9.4.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 9.5 Mobile voice services
      • 9.5.1 Prepaid cards
    • 9.6 Mobile messaging
      • 9.6.1 Short message service (SMS)
      • 9.6.2 Multimedia message service (MMS)
      • 9.6.3 TDD-UMTS
      • 9.6.4 1x EV-DO
    • 9.7 Mobile data services
      • 9.7.1 Overview
      • 9.7.2 General packet radio service (GPRS)
      • 9.7.3 Push-to-talk (PTT)
      • 9.7.4 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
      • 9.7.5 High-speed packet access (HSPA)
      • 9.7.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 9.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.8.1 Mobile TV
      • 9.8.2 Location-based services
      • 9.8.3 Mobile advertising
      • 9.8.4 M-commerce
      • 9.8.5 M-payments
  • 10. Forecasts
    • 10.1 Fixed Broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • 10.1.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
      • 10.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
      • 10.1.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Czech Republic – 2012 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2012 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – ICT expenditure and investment – 2008 - 2010
      • Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue – 2008 - 2010
      • Table 9 – Household telephony connections by type (%) – 2000; 2005; 2010
      • Table 10 – Household average spend on ICT – 2000 - 2010
      • Table 11 – Proportion of household ICT spend by type – 2005 - 2012
      • Table 12 – Mobile number portings – 2003 - 2011
      • Table 13 – Telefónica O2 financial data – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 14 – Telefónica O2 fixed-line accesses – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 15 – GTS financial data (CZK) – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 16 – GTS financial data – 2010 - 2012
      • Table 17 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
      • Table 18 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2012
      • Table 19 – Workplace network usage by network type – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 20 – Telefónica naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2013
      • Table 21 – Wholesale lines by type – 2008 - 2009
      • Table 22 – Cost of local loop unbundling and share access – 2006 - 2009
      • Table 23 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012
      • Table 24 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2010
      • Table 25 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 26 – Household use of broadband by access type – 2005; 2007; 2009; 2011
      • Table 27 – Market share of broadband subscribers by access type – 2010 - 2011
      • Table 28 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 29 – UPC broadband subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 30 – Telefónica O2 broadband subscribers by access type – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 31 – ADSL subscribers by type – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 32 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 33 – E-education usage by individuals – 2007 - 2011
      • Table 34 – E-education usage by businesses – 2007 - 2011
      • Table 35 – Business e-commerce sales as proportion of total – 2007 - 2012
      • Table 36 – Online purchases by individuals – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 37 – Uptake of e-government services by businesses – 2003 - 2012
      • Table 38 – Take up of e-government services by individuals – 2003 - 2012
      • Table 39 – Health practices’ use of internet, select activities – 2008 - 2012
      • Table 40 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, CZK) – 2011 - 2012
      • Table 41 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, US$) – 2011 - 2013
      • Table 42 – Telefónica O2 pay TV subscribers – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 43 – UPC revenue – 2007 - 2010
      • Table 44 – UPC – Homes passed – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 45 – UPC – Subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 46 – SkyLink subscribers – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 47 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2013
      • Table 48 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 49 – Roaming charges by operator (CZK per minute) – 2010; 2011
      • Table 50 – SMS roaming charges by operator – 2010 - 2011
      • Table 51 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 52 – MTR charges per minute – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 53 – Mobile number portings – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 54 – Telefónica O2 subscribers – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 55 – Telefónica O2 ARPU – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 56 – T-Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 57 – T-Mobile financial and operational data – 2004 - 2013
      • Table 58 – T-Mobile blended ARPU – 2004 - 2013
      • Table 59 – Vodafone subscribers – 2008 - 2013
      • Table 60 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 61 – Prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 - 2010
      • Table 62 – T-Mobile prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 63 – Telefónica prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2013
      • Table 64 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 65 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 66 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Table 67 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Chart 1 – Telefónica O2 financial data – 2006 - 2013
      • Chart 2 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
      • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2012
      • Chart 4 – Telefónica O2 broadband subscribers by access type – 2006 – 2013
      • Chart 5 – ADSL subscribers by type – 2006 – 2011
      • Chart 6 – UPC – Subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2013
      • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2013
      • Chart 8 – Telefónica O2 ARPU – 2006 - 2013
      • Chart 9 – T-Mobile financial and operational data – 2004 - 2013
      • Chart 10 – Prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 – 2010
      • Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
      • Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
      • Exhibit 3 – 2G spectrum awarded in the Czech Republic

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