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. Although the government in 2017 amended the Telecommunications Act to improve pricing for end-users the market remains relatively uncompetitive. To address this the regulator planned to attract a new market player when it auctions 5G-suitable spectrum in 2019.

Considerable changes have occurred in the market in recent years. 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, while 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:

  • Regulator makes conditions for 700MHz spectrum auction to support a new market entrant;
  • T-Mobile CR launches home LTE broadband service;
  • Amended Telecoms Act reducing mobile number porting times;
  • Regulator assigns 3.6GHz spectrum blocks to licensees;
  • T-Mobile 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;
  • MNOs promote m-payment services;
  • T-Mobile to close 3G services by 2020;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2017 and market reports to December 2018; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2019; 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

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • TDD-UMTS
    • GSM
    • Analogue networks
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • M2M
      • IoT
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Regulatory issues

    • Significant market power (SMP) obligations
    • Roaming tariffs
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • GSM licences
    • UMTS licences
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Network sharing
    • Spectrum auctions
      • 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 700MHz
  • Major mobile operators

    • O2 Czech Republic
    • T-Mobile Czech Republic
    • Vodafone Czech Republic
    • Nordic Telecom (MobilKom/U:fon)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Location-based services
    • Mobile advertising
    • M-commerce
    • M-payments
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – T-Mobile CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 2 – O2 CR prepaid subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Vodafone CR prepaid subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 4 – M2M connections – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Average mobile broadband data use per subscriber – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Total SMS messages sent – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 8 – O2 CR SMS messages sent – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Annual mobile number portings – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 12 – O2 CR subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 13 – O2 CR mobile service revenue (CZK) – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 14 – T-Mobile CR subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 15 – T-Mobile CR mobile service revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 16 – T-Mobile CR blended ARPU – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Vodafone CR subscribers – 2008 – 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – O2 CR ARPU (CZK) – 2012 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum – 1999
  • Exhibit 2 – Multi-spectrum auction – 2013

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 52

Status Current

Last updated 2 Jul 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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