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CETIN connects millionth fibre customer

24 May 2021

Czech telecommunications infrastructure group CETIN has announced hitting a milestone of one million households connected to its high speed fibre broadband, while also confirming that a total of 4.224 million homes are now passed by its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and ADSL infrastructure. In a press release, the group noted that since its inception in 2015 it has invested more than CZK8 billion (USD383.2 million) in the modernisation of its fixed line network – focusing on a switch to VDSL and more recently, IP-based delivery. Thanks to the combination of copper wire and high-capacity optical fibre, CETIN today delivers typical speeds of between 50Mbps and 100Mbps to 62% of homes passed, while 773,000 homes (18%) have speeds of 250Mbps and 76,400 (2%) have peak throughput of up to 1Gbps.

CETIN CEO Martin Skop noted that the original decision to separate O2 Czech Republic and CETIN into standalone units has allowed the latter ‘to invest heavily in infrastructure development. And the numbers show that it was the right strategic decision. Immediately after the acquisition of the operator by the PPF Group, our fixed network provided an average available connection speed of only 22Mbps. Today, it is an average of 115Mbps, i.e. more than five times as much.’ By the end of 2027, CETIN plans to build one million 1Gbps FTTH optical connections.

Czech Republic, O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN)

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