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.
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.
O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic, Vodafone Czech Republic, Nordic Telecom (MobilKom, U:fon).
Number of pages 27
Last updated 18 Jul 2017
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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