T-Mobile’s Czech mobile subsidiary has extended the coverage of its 3.5G dual-carrier high speed packet access (DC-HSPA+) network to the city of Brno, offering connection speeds of up to 42Mbps via 191 transmitters from 1 September. Telecompaper writes that the cellco intends to continue expanding its coverage to meet ongoing capacity requirements. T-Mobile Czech Republic’s DC-HSPA+ footprint now includes Liberec, Ceske Budejovice, Mlada Boleslav, Zlin, Otrokovice and Prague (districts 4, 11 and 12), equivalent to 12% of the Czech population.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the mobile network operator booked revenue of CZK12.93 billion (USD637 million) in the first six months of this year, down 3.5% on the corresponding period of 2011, of which service revenues dipped by 6.2% to CZK11.67 billion. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) declined 10% year-on-year to CZK6.03 billion; EBITDA margin was 46.6%. T-Mobile CR also reported falling average revenue per user (ARPU), with the blended monthly figure down 4.7% y-o-y at CZK363; the post-paid average ARPU was CZK540 and pre-paid was CZK145. However, non-voice revenues continue to expand, accounting for 27% of APRU in 2Q12, compared to 24% in 2Q11. Data usage in particular, is growing at an impressive rate – doubling in total to 1,425TB in the period under review, T-Mobile said. Average monthly minutes of use (MOU) also increased, by 6.4% to 133 minutes per user.