2015 Czech Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

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Last updated: 27 Jul 2015 Update History

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Report Pages: 69

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 developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- July 2015 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

Czech incumbent telco O2 splits into retail and wholesale businesses

The Czech Republic has a small but sophisticated telecom market, with a number of alternative operators offering fixed-line services. The key players, including T-Mobile and Vodafone, have a significant presence in a number of other markets in the region. Competition is growing in all sectors, with alternative operators gaining size and strength through organic growth, and through merger and acquisition activity.

Growth in the Czech Republic’s fixed-line broadband market has slowed in line with higher consumer penetration of services. The sector has more recently seen stronger growth in the cable sector as the key player UPC continues to upgrade its network to provide far faster services than are available with DSL. 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.

The fixed-line incumbent, now privatised and 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. In response to these challenges, the operator in June 2015 was split into two separate business units, with O2 CR remaining as a retailer of telecom services and a new unit, CETIN, responsible for the planning, construction and operation of mobile networks, fixed broadband and optical infrastructure, including the wholesale backbone network

Mobile penetration in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Central European nations and is high even by western European levels. With mobile voice markets saturated, the established operators, all owned by major Western European players (now with the exception of O2 CR) have focused on growing revenue by marketing mobile broadband and other value-added services such as mobile content and applications. The country has extensive LTE networks in place, will a growing deployment of LTE-A technology providing services at up to 300Mb/s.

This report provides an overview of the Czech Republic’s telecom sector, covering developments in the market and in the regulatory environment. It provides a range of financial and operating statistics, as well as profiles of the major operators. The report also covers the fixed broadband market, profiling the key players, assessing access platforms and market trends, and delivering a variety of insightful analyses as well as a forecast for broadband take-up to 2020.

Key developments:

  • O2 CR splits infrastructure assets into a new business entity; Stagnant economy since 2008 affecting consumer spend on telecom services, though growth evident in 2015;
  • O2 launches O2 TV Go mobile TV service and Air Internet wireless broadband;
  • T-Mobile CR expands new mobile TV service with 49 channels;
  • Regulator consults on the tender for additional frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands unsold in 2013;
  • O2 CR and T-Mobile CR agree a national LTE network sharing deal;
  • T-Mobile CR launches the country’s first LTE-A service;
  • Regulator sets out conditions for a 3.6-3.8GHz spectrum auction
  • Report update includes the regulator’s 2014 report and market data updates into 2015; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2015; 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 and UPC Èeská republika, Vodafone Czech Republic, Air Telekom (MobilKom), DigiTV, CRa, CDG, Nej TV, RIO Media.

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