Czech Republic infrastructure business provider Ceska telekomunikacni infrastruktura (CETIN) has published a network progress report for its achievements in 2017 noting that, within the framework of its seven-year investment plan launched in 2015, it has already built out 3,105 new DSLAMs, out of a total of 10,500 scheduled, providing connectivity to 3.8 million of the Republic’s 4.3 million households. Further, the company says that under the project’s remit it has accelerated or boosted internet connection speeds in 839,950 homes and plans to ‘double this number’ in 2018. Two years ago, the infrastructure provider says it was limited to peak speeds of up to 40Mbps, but can now offer up to 250Mbps, and starting this year will aim to introduce peak speeds of up to 1Gbps via its fibre-optic infrastructure. The company is not only focusing on its coverage in large cities. More than 60% of the accelerated addresses are in small and medium-sized municipalities, it notes, including Brno where it has successfully deployed VDSL3 technology.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2017 CETIN issued a statement confirming the successful demonstration of VDSL2, VDSL3 and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technologies in its Prague network. At the time CETIN said it achieved real time speeds of over 250Mbps using VDSL3 (aka SuperVector), while noting it had demonstrated other examples of VDSL2 and VDSL3 technologies, and even tested download speeds of up to 21.5Gbps. With CETIN already looking toward a January 2018 launch, company spokesman Jakub Kopecky confirmed: ‘For more than 90,000 residences, we now offer the option of setting up the 250Mbps SUPERFAST connection. Currently, 80Mbps connectivity is available at almost 500,000 connections in the CETIN network’.
CETIN is part of the PPF Group. It owns and operates the largest electronic communications network in the Czech Republic, covering 99.6% of the population, through a range of fixed and mobile technologies. The main subscribers of its services are telecom operators and ISPs.