Czech Republic - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Czech mobile market has attracted investment from a number of major European telcos, including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group and Telefónica. O2 Czech Republic was sold by Telefónica to an investment firm, the PPF Group, and has been split into a network management business and a separate retail business. 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.

This report covers the Czech Republic’s 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. 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:

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, completes auction of 3.6GHz spectrum; 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; more MVNOs launch services; Vodafone CR launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling services; MNOs promote m-payment services; T-Mobile CR and Vodafone CR expand LTE services; T-Mobile to close 3G services by 2020; 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, Vodafone Czech Republic, Nordic Telecom (MobilKom, U:fon).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Significant market power (SMP) obligations
    • 4.2 Roaming tariffs
    • 4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • 4.4 GSM licences
    • 4.5 UMTS licences
    • 4.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.7 Network sharing
    • 4.8 Spectrum auctions
      • 4.8.1 3.6-3.8GHz
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1.1 Analogue networks
    • 5.1.2 Digital networks
    • 5.1.3 GSM
    • 5.1.4 Code division multiple access (CDMA)
    • 5.1.5 3G
    • 5.1.6 TDD-UMTS
    • 5.1.7 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.1.8 5G
      • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
        • 5.2.1 General packet radio service (GPRS)
        • 5.2.2 Push-to-talk (PTT)
        • 5.2.3 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
        • 5.2.4 High-speed packet access (HSPA)
        • 5.2.5 1x EV-DO
    • 6. M2M/IoT
    • 7. Major mobile operators
      • 7.1.1 O2 Czech Republic
      • 7.1.2 T-Mobile Czech Republic
      • 7.1.3 Vodafone Czech Republic
      • 7.1.4 Nordic Telecom (MobilKom/U:fon)
      • 7.1.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 8. Mobile content and applications
        • 8.2 Location-based services
        • 8.3 Mobile advertising
        • 8.4 M-commerce
        • 8.5 M-payments
        • 8.6 Mobile TV
      • 9. Related reports
      • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 3 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 6 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2015
      • Table 7 – T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 8 – O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 9 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 10 – Mobile voice traffic – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 11 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 12 – Average mobile data use per subscriber – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 13 – Mobile internet ARPU – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 14 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 15 – O2 CR SMS messages sent – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Total MMS messages sent – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 19 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 20 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 21 – SMS roaming charges by operator– 2010 - 2015
      • Table 22 – Data roaming charges by operator– 2012 - 2015
      • Table 25 – O2 CR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 26 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 27 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 28 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 – 2017
      • Table 29 – O2 CR ARPU (€) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 30 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 31 – T-Mobile CR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 32 – T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 33 – T-Mobile CR blended ARPU – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Vodafone CR subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 2 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 - 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum awarded in the Czech Republic

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      Number of pages 27

      Status Current

      Last updated 18 Jul 2017
      Update History

      Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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