According to the latest draft from the IT Ministry on the electronic communications bill, which is planned to be effective as of September 2004, full number portability among mobile operators should be introduced by April 2005. The measure would increase competition on the near-saturated mobile market and would negatively affect operators' rather high operating margins. This portability is broadly expected and is also in line with our expectations of intensified competition on the mobile market.
Both Eurotel (Cesky Telecom's 100% subsidiary) and T-Mobile CR (České radiokomunikace's 39% subsidiary) said that the deadline is too aggressive and it would be difficult to meet it due to technical obstacles. Source: CTK.
Jan Hájek, Patria Finance