Vodafone Czech Republic announced in early October 2020 the launch of its NSA 5G network
Vodafone Czech Republic announced in early October 2020 the launch of its NSA 5G network in the cities of Prague, Brno, Usti nad Labem, Jesenik, and Karlovy Vary, using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology.
Rival O2 (Telefonica) Czech Republic launched 5G services in July 2020 in selected parts of Prague and Koline using the 3.7 GHz band. The operator announced that the network covers 15% of the population in central Prague and Koline in Central Bohemia.
Operators count on the coming 5G auction in the 700 MHz and 3.4-3.6 GHz for a truly nationwide expansion of the network. The Czech Republic’s communications regulator announced seven companies applied to take part in the country’s 5G spectrum auction, after being delayed several times over the last two years. The regulator is keen to attract a fourth mobile operator to increase competition to local units of T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2. The date for the start of the auction is yet to be publicly disclosed.