CTU considers fresh moves to open up the Czech mobile market

24 Dec 2012

Telecoms regulator the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) is considering implementing new measures in a bid to open up the country’s mobile market, Reuters reports. The watchdog is keen to see a newcomer enter the fray after its market analysis concluded that ‘power was concentrated in too few hands’. Specifically, the CTU is mindful that current legislation does not encourage virtual resellers, noting that the absence of wholesale offers that would allow mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to set up business there. As it stands, the Czech cellular market is dominated by three heavyweights – Telefonica’s local unit Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and Vodafone Czech Republic. Going forward, the CTU is considering bringing in fresh rules in the area of price regulation in mobile services in an effort to ease the entry of new players in the market. Separately, it is also running a competitive tender of frequencies for fourth-generation (4G) mobile services, but has yet to set a date for the auction. The three incumbents are set to bid for the 4G frequencies on offer, alongside would-be newcomer PPF Mobile Services, part of Czech financial group PPF.

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