Czech search engine Seznam sets out expansion plans
The biggest player in Czech cyberspace, the local search engine and website Seznam.cz, increased its revenues to three billion crowns this year, compared to 2.9 billion in the previous year. The most popular Czech search engine expects to post a final profit of 930 million crowns for the whole of 2014, Seznam’s general manager Pavel Zima told the Czech News Agency on Thursday.
Seznam has also registered increased interest in its mobile applications, mainly e-mail access and consulting maps. The company currently offers over 30 mobile applications and is working on new ones, such as email for Apple’s iOS platform and a mobile app for S-reality, a site for advertising houses and flats for sale and rent.
The internet television server has already made a significant impact on the local media scene. It registered 2.26 million users in October, compared to 1.6 million users for the Czech Television website. Currently the most visited videos on the site are the satirical series Kancelář Blaník and culinary programme Jídlo s.r.o., hosted by the famous chef Roman Vaněk.
Seznam.cz was founded in 1996 by Ivo Lukačovič, who currently holds a 70 percent stake in the company. The company employs some 1050 people and is visited monthly by more than 7 million users.
Seznam this year invested some 150 million crowns in establishing its own data centre in Prague’s district of Horní Počernice, which is set to launch operations in the first quarter of 2015.