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Czech Republic leads as C&E Europe broadband catches up West

During the first week of January this year, the number of ADSL-based broadband Internet subscribers in the Czech   Republic reached 275,000, that is to say an increase of 175% over January 2005 - almost 3 fold growth. 

New services, reduced prices, expanded coverage and continuous development of data technologies have all supported this record growth.

During the first week of January this year, the number of ADSL-based broadband Internet subscribers in the Czech   Republic reached 275,000, that is to say an increase of 175% over January 2005 - almost 3 fold growth.

"Broadband Internet has become a regular fixture in Czech households. In this respect, we are swiftly closing the gap between ourselves and the older countries of the European Union, where this type of connection is very widespread," says Martin Zabka, spokesperson for Cesky Telecom. According to the latest statistics from analytical company Point Topic, out of 12 monitored European states domestic broadband (ADSL) Internet penetration (per 100 households) has grown the fastest in the Czech   Republic (118% year-on-year growth). At the same time, the survey revealed that growth was also apparent in other Central and Eastern European countries, with Slovakia (112%) and Romania (92%) placing next in the rankings.

 While in 2004 it had not been possible to meet the demands of customers who were more than 3.8 kilometres from a telephone exchange, at the end of 2005, and thanks to an improved network, the required distance was extended to 8.2 kilometres. Over the last twelve months, Cesky Telecom has made broadband Internet available in 453 new localities, in itself up 106% over 2004. 

"Over the next few months, we expect to extend the coverage of our broadband connections further and to improve the quality of our services. Cesky Telecom's long-term goal is to make sure that the maximum number of Czech citizens can use our Internet Expres service," added Mr Zabka.

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