T-Mobile and Vodafone join forces to connect the Czech Republic. New fibre optic internet connections to be built for nearly one million households

The fastest state-of-the-art network for fixed internet connection will be available for almost one million more Czech households and companies. This is the outcome of agreement reached between T-Mobile Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic, which have decided to join forces and fundamentally accelerate the digitalisation of the Czech Republic through joint construction and mutual provision of access to infrastructure. In practice, the project will also result in a more efficient and environmentally friendly construction process, for example, due to the fact that significantly less separate excavation work will be required.  

Over the next few years, the proportion of households and businesses in the Czech Republic able to use a state-of-the-art internet connection will increase significantly. This is all thanks to fibre optics, which in practice deliver connection speeds of 1 Gb/s or higher. T-Mobile Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic have agreed on a plan to jointly establish almost one million new internet connections. The agreement also includes mutual access to part of the already established connections in various cities, including Prague and Brno. For households, this cooperation will mean not only faster access to the next generation internet, but also competitive tariff offers from both operators.

“Vodafone already offers 1 Gbps internet access to 1.6 million households and businesses. Once the project is completed, Vodafone will offer multi-gigabit connectivity to more than half of Czech households. At the same time, we will continue to improve the parameters of our existing network. We want to contribute towards making the Czech Republic one of the most advanced countries in the world. And in order to do so, we need high-quality networks,” says Petr Dvořák, CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic.

“Our long-term goal is to gradually cover the entire Czech Republic with high-speed internet. Stable and available connections which can handle large volumes of data are absolutely crucial for the competitiveness of local companies and the country as a whole. Last year, we already managed to provide fibre optic connections to 284,000 households in 75 cities and the cooperation agreement will enable us to significantly accelerate construction of key infrastructures. Our contribution to the project is our know-how in establishment of fibre optic infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology in the field of FTTH - Fibre to the Home,” adds José Perdomo Lorenzo, CEO of T-Mobile Czech Republic.

Working together to establish infrastructure also means a more environmentally friendly approach and less disruption of people’s lives. Less excavation and construction work will be required, reducing overall construction time. People and businesses across the Czech Republic will benefit from a faster and more efficient process.

The joint construction project is still in its early stages and T‑Mobile Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic will provide further details at a later date.

About the Company

T-Mobile Czech Republic, a member of the international telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom, has almost 6.2 million customers, the number-one operator in the Czech market. T-Mobile is an integrated operator: in addition to telecommunications services, it offers comprehensive ICT solutions not only for companies, but also for other organizations and individuals. It provides outstanding services in the high-speed network, which was proved repeatedly by benchmark testing performed by umlaut (former P3) with Best-in-Test seal.

T-Mobile Czech Republic places emphasis on taking a responsible approach to the environment and society. It adheres to fair business practices, helps beneficial applications and services to see the light of day, supports non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals, and lends a helping hand whenever crisis situations arise. The company’s employees serve as volunteers in many places across the entire Czech Republic.

More information about the company is available at www.t-mobile.cz, www.t-press.cz (the portal for journalists) and www.t-mobile.cz/pomahame (information on the company’s CSR activities).

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