Czech operator Nordic Telecom, which holds frequencies to operate wireless broadband and mobile internet services in the 420MHz and 3.7GHz bands, has announced the soft launch of its ‘5G internet at home’ service. Branded ‘Nordic 5G’ the telco is promising users a fibre-like experience with download/upload speeds of either 40Mbps/4Mbps for CZK395 (USD17.8) per month, or 100Mbps/10Mbps for CZK555. Both plans come with ‘unlimited’ downloads and Nordic Telecom is currently taking registrations in ‘selected locations’. Furthermore, users can opt for Nordic 5G + Nordic TV which includes 80 TV channels and starts from CZK450 per month, it says, while it is also looking to tempt users by running a discounted six-month promotion on its plans.
In March 2018 Nordic Telecom launched the first non-commercial pilot operation of high speed fixed wireless services in selected locations in the Czech Republic, noting that services were available in Prague, Vinori and Dobris. Speaking at the time, Martina Lovcikova, head of the telco’s retail division, said that total investment of CZK750 million is planned to build out the new network ‘especially in medium-sized and smaller cities’ where it believes there is room to improve the quality of fixed internet connections. Nordic Telecom’s ‘LTE-fibre-like experience’ requires the installation of an indoor router and an outdoor unit that requires professional installation.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September 2017 the Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU) announced the allocation of spectrum blocks in the 3.7GHz band (3600MHz-3800MHz) to four winning bidders including Nordic Telecom – the successor to the defunct brands of Air Telecom and U:fon. The unit was subsequently assigned two 40MHz blocks in the 3720MHz-3760MHz and 3760MHz-3800MHz range, while the other winning bids came from O2 Czech Republic (1×40MHz block), another newcomer in the shape of PODA (1×40MHz), and Vodafone Czech Republic (1×40MHz); each 40MHz block cost CZK203 million (USD9.2 million).