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Czech Republic Communications

As of 2000, there were 3.8 million main line and 4.3 million mobile cellular phones in use. Privatization and modernization of the telecommunication system was advancing steadily. In 1995 the waiting time for new telephone service was from five to ten years, but after a Kc130 billion investment for a system upgrade, waiting time was down to only about two months by 2000.

Also in 2000, there were 31 AM and 304 FM radio stations and 150 television stations. The Czech Republic had 803 radios and 508 television sets per 1,000 people the same year. There were about 93 cable subscribers for every 1,000 people.

The Czech Republic has the most Wi-Fi subscribers in the European Union. By the beginning of 2008, there was over 800 mostly local WISPs, with about 350,000 subscribers in 2007. Mobile internet is quite popular. Plans based on either GPRS, EDGE, UMTS or CDMA2000 are being offered by all three mobile phone operators (T-Mobile, Vodafone, Telefonica O2) and U:fon. Government-owned Český Telecom slowed down broadband penetration. At the beginning of 2004, local-loop unbundling began and alternative operators started to offer ADSL and also SDSL. This and later privatisation of Český Telecom helped drive down prices.

On July 1, 2006, Český Telecom was acquired by globalised company (Spain owned) Telefonica group and adopted new name Telefónica O2 Czech Republic. As of January 2006, ADSL2+ is offered in many variants, both with data limit and without with speeds up to 10 Mbit/s. Cable internet is gaining popularity with its higher download speeds beginning at 2 Mbit/s up to 100 Mbit/s. The largest ISP, UPC (which recently acquired another CATV internet provider Karneval in 2007), provides its service in the cities of Prague, Brno and Ostrava.


Telephones - main lines in use
2.278 million (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular
13.78 million (2008)

Telephone system
general assessment: privatisation and modernisation of the Czech telecommunication system got a late start but is advancing steadily; access to the fixed-line telephone network expanded throughout the 1990s but the number of fixed line connections has been dropping since then; mobile telephone usage increased sharply beginning in the mid-1990s and the number of cellular telephone subscriptions now greatly exceeds the population
domestic: virtually all exchanges now digital; existing copper subscriber systems enhanced with Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) equipment to accommodate Internet and other digital signals; trunk systems include fibre-optic cable and microwave radio relay
international: country code - 420; satellite earth stations - 6 (2 Intersputnik - Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions, 1 Intelsat, 1 Eutelsat, 1 Inmarsat, 1 Globalstar) (2008)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 31, FM 304, shortwave 17 (2000)

Television broadcast stations
71 (2008)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
3.233 million (2009)

Internet users
6.028 million (2008)





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