2017 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;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- June 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Czech government proposes laws to reduce mobile voice and data charges

The Czech Republic has a sophisticated telecom market, with effective competition in all sectors provided by a number of alternative operators. The incumbent telco O2 Czech Republic remains the dominant player though alternative operators are gaining market share, partly through organic growth and partly though merger and acquisition activity.

O2 Czech Republic, majority owned by the investment firm PPF Group, is facing a challenging task of stabilising revenue in the wake of a gradual customer migration from fixed-line to mobile networks for voice and data services. The company has transitioned itself to face these 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.

Growth in the Czech Republic’s 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 continues to upgrade its network to provide far faster services than are available with DSL. UPC’s parent Liberty Global is investing in DOCSIS3.1 technology: 1Gb/s services are expected to be available by the end of 2017. 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 mobile market has attracted investment from a number of major European telcos, including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group and Telefónica. The mobile services provider U:fon was acquired by Nordic Investors and now trades as Nordic Telecom.

All telcos 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 technologies including LTE-A and tri-band carrier aggregation are being widely deployed. T-Mobile and O2 are both active in developing services and applications based on 5G.

The Czech Republic’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 uptake of IPTV 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 telecoms incumbent.

Analogue switch-off is continuing on a regional basis in the free-to-air broadcasting market as the uptake of digital terrestrial TV improves. In March 2017 digital TV was broadcast using the DVB-T2 standard, initially from two transmitting towers.

Covering developments in the market and regulatory environment, this report gives an insight into the evolving Czech fixed-line telecoms and IT markets, offering valuable statistics, profiles of the major operators and infrastructure deployed. The report details the mobile market, providing an overview of the network operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and Nordic Telekom, as well as developments in technologies and regulatory affairs. In addition the report covers the fixed broadband market, profiling the key players, assessing access platforms and market trends and delivering a variety of insightful statistics as well as a forecast for broadband take-up to 2022.

Key developments:

  • Telecom regulator sets out conditions for a 3.6-3.8GHz spectrum auction;
  • Refarming of 1800MHz spectrum for LTE use completed in June 2017;
  • Government proposes legislation to reduce mobile voice and data charges;
  • Regulator presses MNOs to reduce wholesale LTE access rates;
  • T-Mobile CR switches on LTE in the 2600MHz band, adding to services in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands;
  • Vodafone CR launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling services;
  • T-Mobile to close 3G services by 2020;
  • DVB-T2 broadcasting is launched from two transmitters;
  • O2 CR secures DTT licence to operate its O2 TV Free channel;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s 2015 annual report and market reports to November 2016; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2017; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, GTS Czech, Èeské Radiokomunikace, MobilKom, T-Systems Czech Republic, BT, ÈD-Telematika, ÈEZ ICT Services and UPC Èeská republika, Vodafone Czech Republic, Nej TV, RIO Media, Nordic Telecom (MobilKom, U:fon), UPC Czech Republic, DigiTV, CRa, CDG.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Ovewrview
    • 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
    • 3.3 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 Overview
    • 5.2 O2 CR
    • 5.3 Alternative operators
    • 5.4 Telecoms & IT
    • 5.5 Wholesale
    • 5.6 Smart infrastructure
      • 5.6.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 6.2 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 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
      • 9.3.8 Spectrum auctions
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 M2M/IoT
    • 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 – Telecom sector investment – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 9 – Fixed-line ported numbers – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Fixed-line traffic– 2009 - 2016
      • Table 11 – PSTN and mobile traffic– 2004 - 2014
      • Table 12 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 13 – O2 CR financial data (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 14 – O2 CR financial data (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 15 – O2 CR revenue by sector (CZK) – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 16 – O2 CR telephony lines accesses by type – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 17 – GTS Czech financial data (€) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 18 – GTS Czech fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 19 – Dial Telecom revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2009
      • Table 20 – Historic - Fixed lines and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 21 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 22 – Fixed voice revenue – 20l1 - 2015
      • Table 23 – O2 CR naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 24 – Broadband access revenue – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 25 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 26 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 28 – Household use of broadband by access type – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 29 – Market share of broadband subscribers by fixed access type – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 30 – Market share of broadband subscribers by wireless access type – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 31 – Fixed broadband penetration by type – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 32 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rate – 2011 – 2014
      • Table 33 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018;2020;2022
      • Table 34 – Cable broadband subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 35 – UPC broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 36 – T-Mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 37 – O2 CR broadband subscribers by access type – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 38 – O2 CR DSL and VDSL subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 39 – DSL LLU lines– 2009 - 2015
      • Table 40 – DSL subscribers by type (regulator data) – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 41 – FttX subscribers (regulator data) – 2009- 2016
      • Table 42 – Wi-Fi / FWA connections – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 43 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, CZK) – 2011 - 2012
      • Table 44 – CME revenue (Czech Republic, $) – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 45 – UPC CR – Homes passed – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 46 – UPC CR subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 47 – Historic - SkyLink subscribers – 2006 - 2011
      • Table 48 – O2 CR IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 49 – VoIP connections – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 50 – Individuals engaged in online purchases – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 51 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 52 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 53 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 54 – Mobile market revenue – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 55 – Mobile market investment – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 56 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2015
      • Table 57 – T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 58 – O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 59 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Mobile voice traffic – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 61 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 62 – Average mobile data use per subscriber – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 63 – Mobile internet ARPU – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 64 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 65 – O2 CR SMS messages sent – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 66 – Total MMS messages sent – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 67 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 68 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 69 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 70 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 71 – SMS roaming charges by operator– 2010 - 2015
      • Table 72 – Data roaming charges by operator– 2012 - 2015
      • Table 73 – Annual mobile number portings – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 74 – M2M connections – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 75 – O2 CR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 76 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 77 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 78 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 – 2017
      • Table 79 – O2 CR ARPU (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 80 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 81 – T-Mobile CR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 82 – T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 83 – T-Mobile CR blended ARPU – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 84 – Vodafone CR subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • Chart 1 – Fixed-line traffic– 2009 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – O2 CR financial data (CZK) – 2012 – 2017
      • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 5 – UPC CR subscribers by service type – 2003 - 2017
      • Chart 6 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 7 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • 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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