CETIN has entered into a co-investment agreement with T-Mobile on the deployment of FTTH network
The companies believe that the joint project will contribute to their efforts to make the most modern fibre network accessible to as many Czech households as possible.
In Prague on December 17, 2020 - According to the latest Digital Economy and Society Index published by the European Commission, only 29% of Czech households have access to Fiber to the Home / Building (FTTH / B) network. At the same time, there are locations where deployment is expensive or otherwise complicated, and in many of them individual operators effectively cannot invest. CETIN and T-Mobile therefore decided to roll out part of the planned fibre connections together.
"The European goal of Gigabit society, that is, the intention to enable all households to connect to an ultrafast network, is very ambitious, yet vital and we are glad that with this project we can partially contribute to its fulfilment," comments Martin Škop, CEO of CETIN. "We want to bring the most modern internet to a larger share of households and deploy our network in areas that we would not be able to cover independently under the usual conditions," he adds.
CETIN and T-Mobile will provide mutual access to the infrastructure built within the project and both companies will offer their services on it. CETIN will offer wholesale fibre internet with speed of 1 Gb/s and a full portfolio of services by providers who use CETIN's fixed network. The first households within this project should be connected already in the second half of next year.
In addition to cooperation with T-Mobile, CETIN continues to heavily invest in its individual deployment of FTTH networks. The company aims to make FTTH connections available to 1,000,000 Czech households within seven years.
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