AT&T to become Czech Republic’s fourth major mobile operator?

31 Jan 2019

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis has reportedly discussed the possibility that US telco AT&T could become the country’s fourth major mobile network operator (MNO), online portal iDNES.cz writes. The PM is understood to have said that he would not rule out the likelihood that the US giant could enter the domestic market and confirmed that he has held ‘talks’ with John Donovan, the head of AT&T’s global telecommunications division, while in Davos last week. As it stands, AT&T’s presence in the Republic is limited to a service centre and development offices. The unconfirmed report from iDNES.cz goes on to say that Vladimír Dzurilla, the PM’s advisor for ICT and digitisation, said that the meeting focused on the quality of mobile networks, the price of services and network development – likely in relation to the upcoming auction of 5G-suitable mobile frequencies which is due to take place in H2 2019. iDNES.cz suggests that the telecoms industry regulator, Czech Telecommunication Office, is contemplating freeing up space to accommodate a new entrant to compete with MNOs Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2.