Operator Vodafone Czech Republic plans to launch its 5G network on 01 October. The operator will use Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) for the purpose.
Vodafone disclosed on its website that it will implement 5G mobile test networks in the cities of Prague, Brno, Usti nad Labem, Jesenik, and Karlovy Vary.
In Jeseník, some citizens are resisting the start of 5G testing. According to them, the 5G signal is harmful to health and has even been linked to coronavirus disease. They also point out that television transmitters transmit a signal with a higher power and have been operating on the same frequencies as 5G, which no one minded.
V Praze, Brně, Ústí nad Labem, Karlových Varech a Jeseníku spouštíme 5G s technologií DSS. Síť 5. generace přináší zákazníkům 10x rychlejší připojení oproti LTE a chytrým městům netušené možnosti technologického rozvoje od robotiky po telemedicínu.👉https://t.co/oZJ6JM9X91 pic.twitter.com/hUwJTLsjce
— Vodafone ČR (@Vodafone_CZ) September 9, 2020
“We will expand the 5G signal to other cities in the coming months. We believe that this technology can change the world for the better and that our contribution to the digitization of the Czech Republic is really visible. However, a truly massive and nationwide 5G expansion won’t really happen without the frequencies that the upcoming auction should offer,” says Petr Dvořák, CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, Vodafone and T-Mobile filed legal complaints against the Czech Republic’s planned auction for 5G frequencies at a Prague court, CTK news agency reported on Thursday, joining the country’s third incumbent O2 Czech Republic in challenging the process.
The Czech telecoms regulator CTU launched the auction in August for frequencies in the 700 MHz and 3.4-2.4 GHz bands, and has stated that one of the aims was to attract a fourth operator to the country to boost competition and cut data prices.