The pink operator announced in January last year that it intends to invest up to SEK 15 billion in modernizing the network. The goal is to strengthen the infrastructure due to upcoming 5G networks, but T-Mobile plans to expand the fiber lines to housing (FTTH / B). But in the end, money will not only build new networks, but also buy existing ones. T-Mobile announced last week that it had acquired Planet A, which provides services under the AIM brand in the Czech Republic.
” The optical network is the future of T-Mobile. We assume that customers' interest in even faster data on the fixed network will continue to grow. This year we have reached 100,000 households covered by optics and we want to continue this trend next year. Everything will depend on the pace of building approval and our ability to obtain building permits. There are really many websites under negotiation. And of course also working with local Internet providers, says Juraj Bóna, CEO of T-Mobile Czech Republic. In addition to optics, it also uses Wi-Fi, coaxial cable or xDSL resale. Planet A works closely with the Brno company Smart Comp (Netbox). Although independent of ownership, they have the same websites, develop Kuki Internet TV together and have launched virtual mobile operators together in the past (AIM no longer has it). and still have a lot of autonomy. The question is whether this will remain so in the future and whether Planet A and T-Mobile will not coincide. From a marketing standpoint, it is more important to have a strong brand. From a business area a common system. The links to Smart Comp, and especially Kuki, will not like Pink much if they have their own TV services
Unless T-Mobile eventually buys it. Market consolidation is accelerated after Cetin announced a huge investment of CZK 27 billion. Local suppliers are purchased by Nej.cz and Nordic Telecom. In addition, Vodafone absorbed UPC. According to ČTÚ (see annual report), Poda, Starnet, Jon.cz or Tlapnet are among the largest ISPs.