CETIN to invest CZK22bn in network development over seven years

29 Oct 2015

Ceska telekomunikacni infrastruktura (CETIN), the mobile and fixed infrastructure firm which was spun off from O2 Czech Republic in June this year, has announced investment of CZK22 billion (USD898.5 million) over the next seven years for the development of its national telecommunications networks. The company says that at the core of the build-out will be its fibre-optic next generation network (NGN) using internal funds and, possibly, EU-sourced funding. In terms of technology, it intends to invest mainly in VDSL2, VDSL3 and Vectoring – all of which effectively shorten the local loop by upgrading the copper tail between the telco’s cabinet and the user’s home to achieve the ultra-high speeds needed for the NGN. Optical fibre, therefore, will be run to the neighbourhood via the building of fibre-to-the cabinet (FTTC) to improve speeds over the ‘last mile’. Furthermore, CETIN’s management is intent on developing the firm’s coverage and capacity for 4G LTE network services, as well as interconnecting base transceiver station (BTS) fibre-optic cables.

Commenting on the announcement, CETIN chief executive Peter Slovacek said: ‘Twenty-two billion is a huge sum, which will allow us to truly quantum leap in the quality of the connection. Our aim is to speed up multiple connections to the internet via the fixed network and bring our customers the quality of the 21st century. We will build out fibre-optics as close as possible to our customers’ premises and thus significantly shorten the last mile.’

The Czech telecommunications infrastructure firm manages and operates the largest telecoms network in the country, covering the whole territory of the Republic. It is set up to act as an independent wholesale player with a philosophy of delivering fair, transparent and open access to all operators active in the Czech market. Its mobile infrastructure covers 99.6% of the population using a mix of mobile technologies – GSM, UMTS, LTE and CDMA – that spans nearly 6,000 BTS, as well as through fixed SDH, WDM, Ethernet and IP. Its PSTN comprises 20 million kilometres of copper cable pairs, serving virtually 100% of households and businesses, and it also owns 38,000km of fibre-optic cables throughout the Czech Republic. At the international level, CETIN says it is present through physical network nodes in London, Vienna, Bratislava, Frankfurt and soon Hong Kong. In 2016, it plans to expand to other destinations.

Czech Republic, O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN)