The national strategy of the Czech Republic aims at reaching broadband access with at least 30 Mbps for all inhabitants and at least 100 Mbps for 50% of households by 2020. The aim is anticipated both through investment from the private sector and public aid.

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Summary of broadband development in Czech Republic

The National Plan for the Development of Next Generation Networks and the state policy Digital Czech Republic v. 2.0 - The Way to the Digital Economy and Digital Czech Republic 3 (DigiČesko 3) defines the strategic approach of the Czech Republic to the construction of Next Generation Networks (NGNs). Through targeted support, it uses the state’s influence to promote the construction of such networks (e.g. by reducing the administrative burden and financial costs) while respecting the principle of technology neutrality. The NGNs will ultimately positively impact the economic growth and will contribute towards improving the competitiveness of Czech enterprises.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

  • The Ministry of Industry and Trade (Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu) is the main responsible authority for broadband strategy and policies.
  • The Ministry of the Interior (Ministerstvo vnitra) has tasks dedicated to eGovernment, electronic signature and the digitisation of the state administration.
  • The Czech Telecommunication Office (Český telekomunikační úřad) performs regulation, data collection and related statistics concerning the country’s broadband development.

Main aims for broadband development

The Digital Czech Republic v.2.0 - The Way to the Digital Economy (Digitální Česko v. 2.0, Cesta k digitální ekonomice), was adopted in 2013. The policy is based on three pillars - the development of high-quality infrastructure, the further expansion of digital services and fostering digital literacy. It commits to providing broadband access with at least 30 Mbps for all inhabitants and 100 Mbps for 50% of households by 2020. The government holds a neutral position concerning the type of fixed broadband technologies used. Preference is given to infrastructure that is future-proof in the long term and enables high-speed connection to the internet.

Digital Czech Republic 3 was adopted in 2018 and is composed of a set of concepts that ensures long-term prosperity of the Czech Republic in the environment of the ongoing digital revolution. This strategy consists of the top goals of three partial strategies: (1) Interaction of the Czech Republic in the European Union in the digital agenda field, (2) Digital public administration and (3) The preparation and interaction of the Czech Republic's society and economy for the consumption of digitalisation.

The Government of the Czech Republic adopted the National Plan for the Development of Next Generation Networks (Národní plán rozvoje sítí nové generace) in October 2016. The plan defines a strategic approach of the Czech Republic towards construction of new generation networks (NGNs) and calls for focused aid. The construction of NGNs is anticipated both through investment from the private sector and also public aid, while respecting the principle of technology neutrality. At the same time, the way is paved for higher connection speeds.

The Government of the Czech Republic also adopted the related Action Plan to promote the construction of NGA networks (e.g. by reducing the administrative burden and financial costs).

Main measures for broadband development

Broadband mapping: an infrastructure mapping website has been established by the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) entrusted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Mapping is provided at the level of so-called "basic settlement units". For these units, the evaluation is made whether the location is suitable for public subsidy. In terms of coverage mapping, three bandwidth groups are differentiated: up to 30 Mbps, 30-100 Mbps, 100 Mbps and more. The existing and planned networks (forecast for 3 years) will also be included in the database.

National and regional broadband financing instruments

Broadband is funded under the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness 2014–2020, with a focus on enhancing access to high-speed internet in all settled and less accessible localities to increase business opportunities. The funding ensures the extension of broadband deployment and roll-out of high-speed networks, the development of products and services as well as support for the take-up of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Data on broadband development and technologies in the Czech Republic

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.

National publications and press documents

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Contact information

BCO Czech Republic (national Broadband Competence Office): Ministry of Industry and Trade (Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu)

Address: Na Františku 1039/32, 110 15 Staré Město, Czechia
Contact via email
Phone: +420 224 851 111
Website

Ministry of the Interior (Ministerstvo vnitra)

Address: Nad Stolou 3, 17000 Prague 7, Czech Republic
Contact via email
Phone: +420 974 811 111
Website

Czech Telecommunication Office (Český telekomunikační úřad)

Address: Sokolovská 219, 19000 Praha 9, Czech Republic
Contact via email
Phone: +420 224 004 111
Website

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