Czech cellco T-Mobile is purchasing the retail operations of fellow telecoms group and Czech broadcaster Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) for an undisclosed fee, as it looks to establish a platform in the country’s fixed line market. T-Mobile has struck a deal to buy CRa’s SME, SoHo and residential customers, as well as agreeing to employ some of the latter’s staff, Lupa.cz writes without citing its source. As a result of the transaction T-Mobile hopes to carve itself a niche in the fixed line segment – including DSL internet access. The move will leave CRa free to concentrate on its core TV, radio broadcasting and broadcasting infrastructure provision business. The takeover is subject to clearance by the competition regulator.
Only last week CRa reportedly awarded Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) a contract to extend and upgrade its network infrastructure, in a deal estimated to be worth USD30 million over three years. Under the deal, NSN was contracted to upgrade the operator’s data and voice services, including VoIP and VPNs for corporate users. In addition, the vendor was contracted to supply carrier Ethernet service routers and access switches to enable CRa to offer data rates of up to 10Gbps and support multi-play services.