Czech CTU to review CDMA 450MHz licences

17 Jul 2017

The Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU) has reportedly concluded a review of CDMA licensing at 450MHz (451.3MHz–455.74MHz/461.3MHz–465.74 MHz) to assess whether it needs to retain a cap on the number of licences issued within this band and whether it needs to reassess the relevant frequency fees. Telecompaper suggests that O2 Czech Republic intends to apply to continue using the frequencies when its CDMA licence expires in February 2018, opting instead to launch LTE-450 services in future.

In its conclusion, the CTU has said it will retain a cap on the number of licences issued in the 450MHz band, noting that O2 CR still provides broadband services covering more than 90% of the population in this band, even though the number of services provided using the technology is decreasing. Furthermore, the CTU has adjusted the cost of the 450MHz licence, and will invite O2 CR to apply for a licence extension by 8 August, based on the price range – between CZK127 million and CZK323 million (USD5.6 million to USD14.2 million) – set by the review.