The Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications looks set for an overhaul that should benefit ordinary mobile phone users and boost the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO). Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he aims to rush through an amendment to that end drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he plans to rush through changes to the Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications. The move should increase the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO) with a view to increasing competition among mobile telephone operators and thus benefiting customers. The bill would also make it easier for customers to switch operators. A particular issue in the Czech Republic is the high cost of mobile data compared to in other states.
Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of the sale of the first mobile telephones in the then Czechoslovakia, Czech Radio reported. The country’s first mobile network was launched the same day. The first mobile phone on the market was the Nokia MD59, which cost CZK 60,000. The device weighed four kilogrammes and had a battery life of only a few minutes. Today there are around 14 million active SIM cards in the Czech Republic, which has a population of 10.5 million.
A Wenceslas Square Pokemon Go event attracted several hundred people to the Prague city center on Saturday. The aim of the first such meet-up in the Czech Republic was to set a record in the biggest get-together of Pokemon Go fans in central Europe, compare levels and hunt Pokemon in the city centre. However the event was cut short due to server problems and the crowd dispersed after about 20 minutes. The mobile app-based game, in which players can track Pokemon hiding in real-world locations using their phone’s camera and GPS, has become an international craze.
People in the Czech Republic made 42.7 million calls from their mobile phones on Christmas Eve, the Czech News Agency wrote on Friday, citing data released by mobile phone operators. It is about three percent less than last year, which saw a record of 44 million calls for one day. The number of text messages sent over Christmas Eve went down for the second consecutive year to 74.3 million, while the number of MMSes saw a record of 1.17 million.
People travelling along the new stretch of Prague metro’s A line will no longer have to restrict their phone conversations to individual stations. Three mobile phone operators have signed a contract with the Prague transport authority on providing a signal along the whole stretch of the newly opened line from Bořislavka to Motol Hospital.
Nearly half of Czech drivers, 47 percent, use their mobile phones while driving, suggests a survey carried out by the transport ministry's Road Safety Department BESIP and SAZKAmobil organization. Over 90 percent of them use their phones for calling, some 50 percent use it as a navigation and 42 percent use it for sending text messages. According to BESIP experts, texting increases 23 times the chance of an accident. The use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited in the Czech Republic.