CTU extends O2’s 2100MHz allocation; includes obligation to support 2G until 2028

17 Dec 2021

The Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky telekomunikacni urad, CTU) has extended O2 Czech Republic’s licence to use the 2100MHz band – the current one was due to expire on 1 January 2022 – and imposed a new obligation to support older phones. In a press release explaining the new concept, CTU noted that O2 is obliged to maintain its 2G GSM network until at least 2028, unless the share of all users using this older technology falls below 5%. The regulator is mindful that some Czechs (usually senior citizens) do not cope so well with more modern smartphones and it wants to ensure their ability to make voice calls is maintained.

CTU went on to note that new block allocations will most likely be issued to other holders of allocations in the 2100MHz band in future, adding that all block allocations are, and continue to be, technology neutral in accordance with European legislation.