In our second report on mobile network experience in the Czech Republic, Vodafone wins four awards outright and shares two joint wins with its competitors. Vodafone remains undefeated for our three experiential awards — Video, Games and Voice App Experience — and defends its title for the Upload Speed Experience. However, T-Mobile forced a statistical tie against Vodafone for the Download Speed Experience. Both T-Mobile and O2 are in a three-way statistical tie for 4G Availability together with its previous winner, Vodafone. O2 keeps hold of our 4G Coverage Experience award.
Switching off 3G, or 3G sunset, is becoming more common in European markets and the Czech Republic is no exception. O2 Czech Republic intends to gradually close its 3G network and aims to complete the shutdown by the end of November 2021. The operator will use its 3G spectrum for 4G services, the move will enable further development of O2’s infrastructure and the roll-out of its new 5G network. O2 plans to cover the entire area of Prague by the end of March 2022, while deploying a 5G network in other cities.
Four Czech operators — O2, Vodafone, Nordic Telecom and PODA — requested telecom regulator CTU, to change spectrum allocations in the 5G-capable 3400-3800 MHz range, to make it easier and more efficient to deploy 5G in that band. CTU launched a public consultation on this topic that ended at the end of June 2021.
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 the period of 90 days between May 1, 2021 and July 29, 2021, to see how they fared. 5G measurements contributed to the overall scores.