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Europe investigates mobile phone network sharing in Czech Republic

Staff Writer | October 25, 2016
The European Commission has opened an investigation into a network sharing agreement between two Czech operators of mobile telephony, O2 CZ / CETIN and T-Mobile CZ.
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The Commission will examine whether the cooperation restricts competition and thereby harms innovation in breach of EU antitrust rules.

O2 CZ and T-Mobile CZ are both major telecoms operators in the Czech Republic. Together, they serve approximately three quarters of the Czech retail mobile telecommunications market.

O2 CZ's mobile infrastructure and wholesale business has been transferred to CETIN, a new network infrastructure company belonging to the same corporate group.

The network sharing cooperation between O2 CZ/CETIN and T-Mobile CZ started in 2011 and has been increasing in scope. Currently it covers all mobile technologies (i.e. 2G, 3G and 4G) and the entire territory of the Czech Republic with the exception of Prague and Brno (thus covering the other cities and all rural areas, amounting to around 85% of the population).

The Commission will now investigate in particular whether the cooperation between O2 CZ/CETIN and T-Mobile CZ risks slowing down quality improvements in existing infrastructure, and delaying or hindering the deployment of new technologies, such as 4G/LTE and future technologies, and new services based on them, in particular in densely populated areas.


 

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