Czechen nuggets: Vodafone’s LTE coverage nears 92%; business SIMs pass 1m

10 Dec 2014

According to a map of mobile internet coverage published by the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU), Vodafone CR’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network now covers almost 92% of the Czech population, making it the leading player in terms of ultra-high speed coverage. The CTU’s independent findings suggest that rivals T-Mobile CR and Or Czech Republic can only boast LTE coverage of around 82%, some ten percentage points less than the leading player. Online news journal CTK reports CTU spokesman Martin Drtina as saying that the findings take into account LTE networks launched in the Republic using frequencies purchased in last year’s auction as well as spectrum allocated earlier.

The CTU’s coverage map is compiled using data from the three carriers and employs a model that accurately calculates signal transmissions taking into account a detailed analysis of terrain between the transmitter and receiver, it said. Vodafone – which this week announced it has sold more than one million 2G, 3G or 4G SIM cards to business users in the country – also leads the way in terms of geographical coverage. According to the CTU’s data, its LTE network spans 76% of the territory, ahead of T-Mobile with 44% and O2, 42%. T-Mobile and O2 have a network sharing agreement under which they are building LTE networks together.