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According to Akamai’s Q3 2015 rankings, the Czech Republic ranks 23rd in the world in terms of Internet speed, with an average connection speed of 14.5 Mbps and an average peak connection speed of 50.9 Mbps. Internet in the Czech Republic experiences a very fast-paced advancement because the industry is virtually private and highly divided between ISPs. This trend is also visible in other Eastern European countries, such as Romania or Bulgaria.
Out of the approximate 10.52 million Czech population, around 7.6 million are connected to the Internet according to latest data.
The local Internet infrastructure primarily consists of ADSL and Cable connections. When introduced onto the market in early 2003, ADSL subscriptions started at around $400 per month for a 1024/256kbit/s connection, while also having bandwidth caps or fair usage policies put in place. Fragmentation of the market, along with the privatization of the then-monopoly provider Český Telecom, contributed to significant price drops and removal of bandwidth caps and fair usage policies. On the other hand, cable has always been somewhat stable in terms of price and performance. The biggest Czech ISP, UPC, currently offers download speeds of up to 300 Mbps for cable subscriptions.
The local web hosting industry in the Czech Republic is also quite developed and sees a lot of continuous advancement. Even though the majority of hosts do not explicitly claim to ignore copyright or otherwise any other potentially harmful laws, it is known that misdemeanors are generally overlooked. Due to the fact that living in the Czech Republic is, as a general rule, cheaper than in other equally developed EU countries, fees for hosting services are also more attractive. By reviewing some of the most popular hosting providers on the local market, we’ve determined that prices for basic Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting services usually start at approximately $1.50, $5 and $50 respectively. Not only is the pricing really attractive, but features are not to be neglected either.
Below you can find some of the noteworthy characteristics of the local Internet in the Czech Republic:
One notable aspect of the local Internet industry is that it’s shared between a wide array of ISPs – in fact, the Czech Republic might be among the top countries in Europe by market fragmentation of Internet services. Major providers include but are not limited to Český Telecom, Eurotel, UPC, GTS Novera (Nextra), and Bluetone. This diversity incentivized providers to continuously better their offering, which has paved the way for the great state of the local infrastructure, which only improves as we speak.
The Czech Republic ranks 82nd in the world by cost of living, according to latest data published by Numbeo. This also reflects in the price for Internet subscriptions. As such, the cheapest subscription that a client can opt for starts at approximately $15 per month, and includes a 10 Mbps connection with unlimited monthly data transfer.
The Czech Republic is part of the European Union, and just like any other member country, they are forced to adopt a liberal position towards the Internet. There are no known restrictions on the Internet, and the government does not get actively involved in monitoring it whatsoever. A single exception to this rule would be the fact that the government has prohibited as of January 2017 access to unregulated and untaxed foreign lotteries, so everyone who is trying to access websites of lotteries that have not obtained approval from the Czech government to operate locally, will not be able to access them. In mid-2015, a similar restriction was imposed by the Romanian government.