2015 Czech Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key Statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications Market
    • 2.1 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
    • 3.4 Privatisation
      • 3.4.1 Ceske Radiokomunikace
      • 3.4.2 O2 Czech Republic
    • 3.5 Interconnect
    • 3.6 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
    • 3.7 Number portability (NP)
    • 3.8 Access
  • 4. Fixed Network Market
    • 4.1 Overview of operators
    • 4.2 O2 Czech Republic
      • 4.2.1 Sale to PPF Group
      • 4.2.2 Company separation
    • 4.3 Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa)
    • 4.4 GTS Czech
    • 4.5 CD-Telematika (CD-T)
    • 4.6 VOLNÝ
  • 5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • 5.1 O2 CR
    • 5.2 Alternative operators
    • 5.3 Telecoms & IT
    • 5.4 Wholesale
  • 6. Broadband Market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 6.2 Forecasts
      • 6.2.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
      • 6.2.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
    • 6.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.4 Asymmetric Digital subscriber line (ADSL)
    • 6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.6.1 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.6.2 Fixed wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital Media
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Key digital media players
      • 7.2.1 Czech Television (CT)
      • 7.2.2 TV Nova
      • 7.2.3 Prima TV
      • 7.2.4 UPC Czech Republic
      • 7.2.5 DigiTV
      • 7.2.6 SkyLink
      • 7.2.7 Other developments
    • 7.3 Videostreaming
    • 7.4 Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 7.4.1 Multiplex developments
      • 7.4.2 Broadcasting licences awarded
  • 8. Digital Economy
    • 8.1 Market overview
    • 8.2 Strategy
    • 8.3 Legislation
    • 8.4 E-government
      • 8.4.1 Infrastructure
    • 8.5 E-health
  • 9. Mobile Communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Significant market power (SMP) obligations
      • 9.3.2 Roaming tariffs
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 9.3.4 GSM licences
      • 9.3.5 UMTS licences
      • 9.3.6 Auctions in 2015
      • 9.3.7 Mobile data network tender
      • 9.3.8 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.9 Network sharing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Mobile content and applications
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Czech Republic – 2015 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2014 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2015 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2015 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2015 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – ICT consumer expenditure and investment – 2003 - 2014
      • Table 8 – ICT expenditure by service – 2010 - 2012
      • Table 9 – Telecom sector revenue – 2008 - 2010
      • Table 10 – Household telephony connections by type (%) – 2000; 2005; 2010
      • Table 11 – Household average spend on ICT – 2000 - 2010
      • Table 12 – Proportion of household ICT spend by type – 2005 - 2012
      • Table 13 – Fixed-line ported numbers – 2003 - 2011
      • Table 14 – Fixed-line traffic– 2010 - 2012
      • Table 15 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 16 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 17 – O2 CR financial data (CZK) – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 18 – O2 CR fixed-line accesses – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 19 – O2 CR telephony lines accesses – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 20 – GTS Czech financial data (CZK) – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 21 – GTS Czech financial data (€) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 22 – GTS Czech fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 23 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
      • Table 24 – Historic - Fixed lines and teledensity – 1995 - 2004
      • Table 25 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 26 – VoIP and PSTN lines in service– 2010 - 2012
      • Table 27 – O2 CR naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 28 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2004
      • Table 29 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 30 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 31 – Household use of broadband by access type – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 32 – Market share of broadband subscribers by access type – 2010 – 2013
      • Table 33 – Fixed broadband penetration by type – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 34 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2015;2017; 2020
      • Table 35 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2015; 2020
      • Table 36 – Cable broadband subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 37 – UPC broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 38 – T-Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 39 – O2 CR broadband subscribers by access type – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 40 – ADSL subscribers by type – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 41 – ADSL subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 42 – FttX subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 43 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, CZK) – 2011 - 2012
      • Table 44 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, US$) – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 45 – UPC revenue – 2007 - 2010
      • Table 46 – UPC – Homes passed – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 47 – UPC – Subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 48 – SkyLink subscribers – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 49 – O2 CR IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 50 – Business e-commerce sales as proportion of total – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 51 – Proportion of businesses engaged in e-commerce – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 52 – Individuals engaged in online purchases – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 53 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
      • Table 54 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 55 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2015
      • Table 56 – Prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 - 2013
      • Table 57 – T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 58 – O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 59 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 60 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 61 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 62 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 63 – European call roaming charges – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 64 – Roaming charges by operator (CZK per minute) – 2010; 2011
      • Table 65 – Roaming charges by operator (CZK per minute) – 2012; 2013
      • Table 66 – SMS roaming charges by operator– 2010 - 2014
      • Table 67 – SMS roaming charges by operator– 2012 - 2014
      • Table 68 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 69 – MTR charges per minute – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 70 – Annual mobile number portings – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 71 – O2 CR subscribers – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 72 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 73 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 74 – O2 CR ARPU (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 75 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 76 – T-Mobile CR subscribers – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 77 – T-Mobile CR mobile services revenue – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 78 – T-Mobile CR blended ARPU – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 79 – Vodafone CR subscribers – 2008 - 2015
      • Chart 1 – O2 CR financial data – 2006 - 2013
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2014
      • Chart 3 – UPC Czech – Subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2015
      • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
      • Chart 5 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2015
      • 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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