Czech wholesale services provider Ceska Telekomunikacni Infrastruktura (CETIN) has announced an ambitious plan to connect one million households with fibre-optics over the next seven years. In a press release, the company – which was created from the separation of O2 Czechia’s infrastructure assets and operations in June 2015, by owners PPF Group – says that by investing in its network it hopes to provide one million 1Gbps connections over a similar time frame. Marking its first four years of operation the wholesale provider confirmed that it is accelerating the rollout of the Republic’s largest data and communications network, and this year began work on the ‘massive construction and modernisation’ of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) optical networks as part of plans to ultimately bring ultra-fast stable internet for even more homes/apartments/buildings at speeds of up to 1Gbps.
In addition to the FTTH/FTTB deployments, the company is also continuing to build out DSLAMs that connect city districts and municipalities to its high speed infrastructure and carrying out tests to monitor the impact of its improvements, in terms of network acceleration. As a result, in 2018 CETIN noted that the average available connection speed in the fixed network increased by 25% from 52Mbps to 67Mbps, while between January and August this year, the average speed increased again to 80Mbps. More than 1.4 million households are already connected to CETIN’s fibre-optic network with speeds of 100Mbps, it said, while 250Mbps connectivity is available to 500,000 homes and 1Gbps speeds to 30,000 homes.
Commenting on the recent developments, CETIN CEO Juraj Sedivy said: ‘Connecting fibre-optic households is not yet common, but the trend is irreversible. CETIN has therefore launched an investment programme that will connect one million households with an FTTH optical connection over the next seven years. We will bring the best technologies not only metaphorically into the living room.’