CTU auctions off 1800MHz, 2600MHz frequencies to Czech incumbents

15 Jun 2016

The Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU) has confirmed that the sale of the remaining frequencies in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands has been completed, with the three existing operators – O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone – agreeing to pay a total of CZK2.643 billion (USD109.967 million) for the seven blocks on offer; broken down, O2 agreed to pay CZK1.472 billion, T-Mobile CZK729.9 million and Vodafone CZK442.0 million. The sale of the frequencies is aimed at boosting network capacity for the trio, to meet current and future data needs of consumers. The CTU confirmed that in the 1800MHz band, O2 won two blocks of 2×2.9MHz and one of 2×5MHz, while Vodafone secured a similar 2×5MHz block. Meanwhile at 2600MHz, T-Mobile snapped up 2×10MHz in the paired part of the band, and one unpaired block of 25MHz, while O2 also took an unpaired block of 25MHz – thereby concluding the sale of all blocks on offer. As per the terms of the previous auction of 4G-suitable spectrum in 2013, the CTU has stipulated that the frequencies must be used to support the provision of mobile internet services.