Czech market comes under spotlight

One in four (25.6%) homes in the Czech Republic were receiving DTH services at the end of 2011, according to a new study published by the country’s Telecom Office (CTU).

At the same, one in five (20.4%) opted for analogue or digital cable and half (50.1%) DVB-T services.

Much smaller percentages received IPTV (1.5%) and analogue terrestrial (2.4%), in the latter instance with the country having effectively completed the transition to digital broadcasting, with the exception of one or two transmitters, in November last year.

The CTU also says that the number of broadband internet access connections grew by 12.2% in 2011 to 3.1 million, due mainly to mobile and FTTx.

Broadband penetration in the year rose from 26% to 30%, and excluding mobile from 21% to 23.7%.

The incumbent telco Telefónica saw its share of the retail xDSL access market fall from 85.6% to 85.2%.