ČTÚ: 5G auction fails to bring in fourth Czech mobile operator

The three Czech incumbent mobile operators won frequencies in an auction linked to future next-generation 5G networks, the ČTÚ regulator announced. Consumers had hoped a fourth operator would enter the market and increase competition.

Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2 Czech Republic won blocks in the 700 MHz band suited to building national networks. Along with CentroNet and Nordic Telecom 5G, the three incumbents also each gained blocks in the 3.4-3.6 GHz band. Two other groups, Sev.en Innovations and PODA, were not successful in the auction, the ČTÚ said.

The relative price of mobile data in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Europe. The sale brought in 5.6 billion crowns, less than initially expected. Industry Minister Karel Havlíček said on Twitter the new players would increase competitive pressure and industry access to 5G networks.

Author: Brian Kenety