MVNOs flock to Czech mobile market in 2013, report says

4 Dec 2013

The Czech News Agency (CTK) writes that ‘more than 50’ mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) have set up shop in the Czech Republic in the past twelve months, in the process securing a roughly 5% market share (estimated at 600,000-700,000 users). Citing information from the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU), the news agency notes that the first to market was BLESKmobil, which launched activities in November last year. Owned by the publishing group Ringier, BLESKmobil uses Telefonica O2 CR as its host network and is the biggest virtual operator in the market with more than 300,000 users. Other Telefonica clients include Tesco Mobile, which is operated by company CEZ, and Bonerix. Meanwhile, T-Mobile CR has chosen a different route and is offering MVNO access to smaller companies through a wholesale partnership agreement with GTS. About 30 operators currently use GTS’s services. In addition, T-Mobile CR counts Mobil.cz (owned by the publisher Mafra), and more recently by RWE Mobil. Not to be outdone, Vodafone CR has five full MVNOs on its books, of which two – DH Telecom and Quadruple – provide services to more than ten other providers.

In unrelated news, T-Mobile CR says it has deployed Amdocs’ convergent charging and billing solution to enable it to improve its billing performance and reduce costs.