O2 CR relents to CTU request on wholesale LTE pricing; Vodafone to appeal

23 Jan 2017

O2 Czech Republic has said it will cut its wholesale prices for LTE services, in the wake of a threat from the regulator, the Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU), that it could lose its frequencies if it failed to comply. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 20 January the CTU called on O2 and rival Vodafone to reduce wholesale access prices charged to MVNOs to access their 4G LTE networks, warning that failure to do so could result in them losing frequencies won at auction. The watchdog pointed out that a condition of the licence awards included assurances from operators that wholesale prices for LTE services to virtual operators or third-party operators leasing capacity and data spectrum would be set at a level to allow them to operate profitably. O2 has now said it will comply, although it is understood Vodafone intends to appeal the decision. ‘Vodafone has fully complied with the call by CTU from February last year and it has adjusted its LTE wholesale price accordingly,’ spokeswoman Marketa Kuklova said, adding ‘CTU’s claim that Vodafone does not meet the conditions from last year’s notice is false, the decision of CTU is not final’.