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

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

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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.

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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 VOLN

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

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

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

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