Czech telecoms infrastructure provider CETIN, a member of the PPF Group, has announced that as it continues to modernise its network throughout the Republic, the average connection speed available reached 105Mbps last year. The company, whose combined fixed, fixed-wireless and mobile infrastructure covers 99.6% of the Czech population, said in a press release dated 28 January that thanks to the investment of ‘billions of crowns a year’ in its continued development, in 2020 it was able to ‘practically complete’ the modernisation of its legacy copper wire network, which led to a 25% increase in average speeds over 2019, to the current 105Mbps.
‘On 84% of our connections today, we offer speeds of 50Mbps and higher through 21 business partners. We thus provide connection quality to more than three and a half million households, which reliably enables even more demanding work with applications or Teams video calls and video streaming on several devices simultaneously,’ said CETIN CEO Martin Skop, adding: ‘Further growth in fixed connection and especially the expansion of the optical network is now a priority for CETIN’.
Indeed, having hooked up 30,000 gigabit connections in 2020, this year CETIN has set out its stall to triple that as it aims to boost the total to 150,000 gigabit connections across the Czech Republic by the end of 2021. ‘The optics construction project will continue to be crucial for CETIN in the coming years, so that the company can meet the goal it has set to build one million FTTH/FTTB optical connections by 2027,’ it noted.
Currently speed availability in the CETIN access network:
• 1Gbps – 59,000 homes (1%)
• 250Mbps – 707,000 homes (17%)
• 100Mbps – 1.937 million homes (46%)
• 50Mbps – 856,000 homes (20%)
• 20Mbps – 326,000 homes (8%)
• ADSL – 339,000 homes (8%).