O2 Czech Republic has asked the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) to extend its rights to use 2G frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands from February 2016 to February 2025, noting that this does not represent the granting of a new licence, rather the extension of its existing frequency allocation.
O2’s request follows a statement from local rival Vodafone, which asserted that it was ready to pay a ‘significantly higher’ price for the frequencies than that required by the CTU. O2 has asserted that neither Vodafone nor any other provider can apply for the spectrum, as it already has specific rights to use the bands. A price for the extension of the frequencies will now be determined by a court-appointed expert.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, O2 operates 2G networks over the 900MHz/1800MHz bands, uses 2100MHz spectrum for its 3G network, and offers 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology over the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands.