The Czech telecoms sector witnessed the emergence of 15 mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) during the first half of the year, while ViralMobil became the first MVNO to cease operations. According to an unverified report by Telecompaper, as of 30 June 2014, a total 71 virtual operators offered services within the Czech Republic. TeleGeography notes that the eastern European nation boasts one of the continent’s busiest MVNO markets, despite only permitting resellers to launch in October 2012.
Keen not to be left behind, the Czech Republic’s mobile network operators (MNOs) have established their own ‘no-frills’ secondary brandings to exploit niche market segments. As such, last month it was revealed that T-Mobile’s ‘Kaktus’ brand and Vodafone’s ‘Oskarta’ unit had both passed the 50,000 subscriber milestone.