Our first analysis of the mobile experience at the operator-level in the Czech Republic reveals that Vodafone has come up top for six out of seven of our metrics, winning all three of our experiential awards (Video Experience, Games Experience and Voice App Experience), both our speed awards (Download Speed Experience and Upload Speed Experience) and our 4G Availability award. The only award it did not win was that for 4G Coverage Experience, which was won by O2. Vodafone’s lead was particularly strong in Download Speed Experience, as our Vodafone users observed average download speeds that were an impressive 8.4 Mbps (23.1%) faster than their counterparts on second-placed T-Mobile.
While O2 won the 4G Coverage Experience award, it placed third in four measures of our mobile experience and our users on its network observed average download speeds that were 8.1-16.6 Mbps slower than their counterparts on T-Mobile and Vodafone.
Looking more widely at the Czech mobile landscape, some of the most important recent developments include efforts by operators to modernise their networks and boost capacity by moving away from 3G — which is less spectrally efficient than newer mobile technologies — and the release of 5G spectrum to support their 5G rollouts. Vodafone claimed earlier this month
that its 5G network is now present in more than 130 cities and smaller municipalities and that it now covers more than 20% of the population. The operator also said that it will switch off its 3G network at the end of March. In addition, in a recent spectrum auction, the three national operators obtained all of the 700 MHz spectrum that was on offer and half of the spectrum that was put up for auction in the 3400 MHz-3600 MHz band, with the remainder going to CentroNet and Nordic Telecom 5G. On the back of its purchases of a 20 MHz block in the 3400 MHz-3600 MHz band, Nordic Telecom 5G said that it is seeking to launch mobile services
and strengthen its position in the fixed line internet market.
In this report we examined the mobile network experience of the three main mobile network operators in the Czech Republic: O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, over a period of 90 days beginning November 1, 2020, to see how they fared. We have used 5G measurements in addition to those from previous generations of mobile network technology when determining the overall scores for each metric.