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:
Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- November 2016 (15th Edition)
The Czech Republic’s telecom sector has undergone a significant transformation during the last two years. The fixed-line incumbent, privatised and majority 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. The company has transitioned itself to face market challenges, having split into separate divisions and created the CETIN unit to manage the fixed and mobile networks while also operating as a wholesale network provider.
The country’s media market is evolving under the weight of digital TV and convergence trends, with over half the population now receiving TV services digitally. The take-up of videostreaming services is growing on the back of more affordable broadband access, while the cable TV market has undergone consolidation to create a major player sizeable enough to compete effectively against the incumbent.
Mobile penetration in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Central Europe. The market has attracted investment from the major Western European players, with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group each having an interest in the sector. All operators have focused on growing revenue by marketing mobile broadband and other value-added services such as mobile content and applications. To this end they have invested in LTE infrastructure and technologies. LTE coverage reaches about 98% of the population, while upgraded technologies including LTE-A and tri-band carrier aggregation are being widely deployed.
Growth in the fixed-line broadband market has slowed in line with higher penetration. The sector has more recently seen stronger growth in the cable sector, as the key player UPC CR continues to upgrade its network to provide far faster services than are available with DSL. While UPC CR already offers data speeds of up to 300Mb/s, its parent Liberty Global is investing in DOCSIS3.1 technology and commercial 1Gb/s services could be available during 2017 or 2018. 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.
This report provides an overview of the evolving fixed-line telecoms and IT markets in the Czech Republic, including a review of the regulatory environment. It incorporates a range of updated statistics, as well as profiles of the major operators and their business strategies. The report also addresses developments in the fixed broadband market, profiling the key players, and assessing access platforms and market trends. In addition the report covers the mobile market, providing an overview of the network operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 Czech Republic, as well as technological, market and regulatory developments. A range of market and company statistics provide an insight into the state of both the mobile voice and data markets, as well as the performance and strategies of the key network players.
Companies mentioned in this report:
O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, GTS Czech, Èeské Radiokomunikace, MobilKom, BT, ÈD-Telematika, ÈEZ ICT Services, UPC CR, DigiTV, CRa, CDG, Vodafone Czech Republic, Air Telekom (MobilKom, U:fon), Nej TV, RIO Media.
Table of Contents
Companies (Major Players)
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
Number of pages 69
Last updated 8 Nov 2016
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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