2016 Czech Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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;
  • 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:- November 2016 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

Czech infrastructure owner CETIN to invest CZK22 billion in through to 2022

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.

Key developments:

  • O2 CR splits infrastructure assets into a new business entity, CETIN;
  • CETIN planning to invest CZK22 billion in network infrastructure through to 2022;
  • Regulator sets out conditions for a 3.6-3.8GHz spectrum auction;
  • Vodafone CR launches VDSL2 services;
  • RIO Media building one of the largest FttP networks;
  • BPL in Prague a success through SmartCity Platform;
  • Cloud computing now used by a quarter of businesses;
  • EC antitrust regulators investigate network sharing arrangements between O2 CR and T-Mobile CR;
  • Regulator auctions remaining blocks of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands;
  • T-Mobile switches on LTE in the 2600MHz band, adding to services in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands;
  • O2 CR contracts CETIN to build additional mobile transmitters across Prague;
  • Vodafone CR launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling services;
  • MNOs promote m-payment services;
  • T-Mobile CR and Vodafone CR launch tri-band carrier aggregation LTE services;
  • T-Mobile looks to end 3G services by 2020;
  • UPC promotes 300Mb/s data speeds to support bundled services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates for 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, 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, UPC CR, DigiTV, CRa, CDG, Vodafone Czech Republic, Air Telekom (MobilKom, U:fon), 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
    • 3.3 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 operators
    • 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 – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 6.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 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 Communications: VoIP
    • 7.5 Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 7.5.1 Multiplex developments
      • 7.5.2 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 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.7 Network sharing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 M2M
    • 9.6 Major mobile operators
    • 9.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.7.1 Location-based services
      • 9.7.2 Mobile advertising
      • 9.7.3 M-commerce
      • 9.7.4 M-payments
      • 9.7.5 Mobile TV
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Czech Republic – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – ICT consumer expenditure and investment – 2003 - 2014
      • Table 8 – Fixed-line ported numbers – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 9 – Fixed-line traffic– 2009 - 2016
      • Table 10 – PSTN and mobile traffic– 2004 - 2014
      • Table 11 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 12 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 13 – O2 CR financial data (CZK) – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 14 – O2 CR telephony lines accesses by type – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 15 – GTS Czech financial data (CZK) – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 16 – GTS Czech financial data (€) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 17 – GTS Czech fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 18 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
      • Table 19 – O2 CR naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 20 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 21 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 22 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 23 – Household use of broadband by access type – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 24 – Market share of broadband subscribers by fixed access type – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 25 – Market share of broadband subscribers by wireless access type – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 26 – Fixed broadband penetration by type – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 27 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rate – 2011 – 2014
      • Table 28 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016;2018;2021
      • Table 29 – Cable broadband subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 30 – UPC broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 31 – T-Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 32 – O2 CR broadband subscribers by access type – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 33 – O2 CR DSL and VDSL subscribers – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 34 – DSL subscribers - retail, wholesale, LLU – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 35 – DSL subscribers by type (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 36 – FttX subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 37 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, CZK) – 2011 - 2012
      • Table 38 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, $) – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 39 – UPC – Homes passed – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 40 – UPC CR subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 41 – Historic - SkyLink subscribers – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 42 – O2 CR IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 43 – VoIP connections – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 44 – Individuals engaged in online purchases – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 45 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 46 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 47 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 48 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2015
      • Table 49 – T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 50 – O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 51 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 52 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 53 – Average mobile data use per subscriber – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 54 – Mobile internet ARPU – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 55 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 56 – O2 CR SMS messages sent – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 57 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 58 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 59 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 60 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 61 – SMS roaming charges by operator– 2010 - 2015
      • Table 62 – Data roaming charges by operator– 2012 - 2015
      • Table 63 – Annual mobile number portings – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 64 – M2M connections – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 65 – O2 CR subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 66 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 67 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 68 – O2 CR ARPU (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 69 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 70 – T-Mobile CR subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 71 – T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 72 – T-Mobile CR blended ARPU – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 73 – Vodafone CR subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Fixed-line traffic– 2009 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 3 – UPC CR subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2016
      • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 5 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2016
      • 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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