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O2 Czech hangs up on last public phone booths

18 Jun 2021

O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN) has announced the removal of the country’s last remaining public phone booth – in the small village of Hlubyne in the Pribram district, Central Bohemia – marking the end of an era that began in 1911 with the building of its first ever telephone kiosk, in the capital Prague. A report from Czech Radio notes that with mobile phones now ubiquitous in the Republic, in recent years O2 has been paring back on its public payphone network and indeed, removed the last remaining phones in Prague in 2020. The telco’s move came in the wake of a decision by the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) in 2019 to stop subsidising public telephones after a study concluded that some were only being used ‘once a month’. Whilst payphones were retained in areas where there was weak mobile signal coverage, this has now been addressed rendering even these booths redundant.

Czech Republic, O2 Czech Republic (incl. CETIN)

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