We have reversed the date sheets, we have 2020. New year, new wishes, new challenges and resolutions. Not only for me personally, but also for the Office. At the end of last year, at its last meeting, the CTO Council approved the Plan of Action for 2020. Although this will be discussed in detail in the first monitoring report, let me briefly list at least the main tasks that the CTO is facing this year.
If I start listing the tasks in alphabetical order, I necessarily have to start with “A” as “Auction”. A regular reader knows that for the further development of electronic communications networks and services, we want to create conditions for deepening competition in the mobile market and to support the construction of modern next-generation access networks, including 5th generation mobile networks. We want to achieve this goal by conducting a tender in the form of an auction for the award of rights to the 700 MHz and 3400 to 3600 MHz bands.
We have prepared the auction with the utmost responsibility and meticulousness, and we believe it has the potential to meet the goals that the government was acquainted with last year, namely strengthening competition through the entry of a nationwide infrastructure fourth operator and starting the development of 5G networks. We can see this in the market reactions, where there is a real interest of new players in the auction, as well as the fear of existing operators from the new competition, which would trigger competition in the household segment and ensure better conditions for customers nationwide.
The set auction conditions aim at a permanent structural change in the Czech mobile market, as it is clear from the experience from abroad that four nationwide players bring consistently lower prices to consumers. We want the Czech Republic to become one of the developed countries that will enable industry and users to benefit from modern services and at the same time there will be constant pressure to reduce prices.
For the auction to take place, of course, the process of unlocking the 700 MHz band from terrestrial digital television must be completed and the switch to DVB-T2. I have to mention positively the role of Czech Television, which in my opinion does the maximum possible in the information campaign.
Another of our activities will be the implementation of the harmonization decision for the 26 GHz frequency band with the aim of making available the 1 GHz (!!!) spectrum in this band. The original document is subject to public discussion here.
As in the past, we want to actively cooperate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in implementing measures (both subsidies and non-subsidies) and supporting the construction of new modern networks. We will help implement measures from Action Plan 2.0 to support the planning and construction of electronic communications networks. Indeed, we sent an analysis of the functioning of the law to reduce the cost of building NGA infrastructure with a proposal for improvement last year.
We will also build on the activities that we started last year when we launched a new round of relevant market analyzes. At its last meeting last year, the Council approved the extension of the relevant markets to market 5 (wholesale market for access to mobile services), thus completing the analysis of this new market itself will be a key challenge for the new year.
In the area of prices and price regulation, we will focus on the price level of wholesale 4G offers under the terms of the 4G auction, and at the same time based on a new authorization from the latest amendment to the Electronic Communications Act.
Neither will our control teams sit with their hands in their lap. Whether it is the availability of mobile network signal, ensuring the process of portability of telephone numbers for operators in accordance with the new conditions (especially the one-stop-shop) under the latest amendment to the law on electronic communications and finally the location and functionality of telephone boxes ( it is an outgoing telecommunication device). In the field of postal services, we will mainly look at the delivery of postal packages included in the basic postal services. Furthermore, we will of course continue to check the use of radio frequencies and aviation bands and address the interference of television terrestrial networks with mobile networks. Our other responsibilities will include checking compliance with selected development criteria by holders of allocations for the 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz bands and verifying coverage of the Czech motorway network with DAB + digital radio network signals in III. band.
In 2020, too, we want to maintain the high level of protection of consumers and users of electronic communications and postal services. It will be important to prepare and launch the above-mentioned tool for user comparison of prices and quality of selected electronic communications services. Of course there will be continuous monitoring of changes in the contractual conditions of selected providers of electronic communications services and their specific impact on consumers, including regular information in the monitoring report of the CTU, as well as monitoring business practices in providing electronic communications services and performing targeted controls with a focus on unfair business practices. This, of course, also involves close cooperation with the CTIA, for example in the control of radio equipment.
And we're at the letter “Z”. “Z” as a law. Our law. The timely and correct implementation of the European Code for Electronic Communications (EECC) in national legislation will be important for the further development of the electronic communications market. The implementation hours are ticking (the bill is currently under interdepartmental comment procedure). Therefore, the CTO will continue to actively participate in the discussion of the implementation amendment of the ZEK in 2020. Why? Because it is only through quality legislation that clearly defines the powers of the independent regulator, the rights and obligations of business and subscribers / consumers that effective supervision of such a dynamic market as the electronic communications market can take place. And because every word matters when writing laws (both the legislature and the lobbyists know, see, for example, our struggle for an anti-consumer amendment in 2014 whether each participant or the “only” consumer should be entitled to a maximum contractual penalty of 20%). Let's keep our fingers crossed for lobbyists to pull the shorter end this time. And this is the end. Have a nice year 2020.