CTU has received new competences in the field of support to deployment of electronic communications networks by entry into force of the Act No. 194/2017 Coll. on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks and on changes of other related acts (hereinafter „Act“),
Directive No. 2014/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks was transposed into Czech legal order by the Act. The aim of implementation of the directive is to establish minimum rights and obligations applicable across the European Union with the intention to facilitate the he deployment of high-speed electronic communications networks and cross-sectoral coordination.
The Act establishes a Single information point. According to Section 3(1) of the Act, the point is the Czech Telecommunication Office (hereinafter „CTU“), whose main task is the provision of information and data necessary for the purpose of building high-speed electronic communications networks, i.e. network with minimum speeds of 30 Mbps. CTU is also the competent authority for dispute resolution under the Act.
CTU shall collect, record, process, store, publish (in a manner allowing remote access) and provide data specified by the Act.
CTU shall furthermore publish in a manner allowing remote access
The Act introduces a number of measures (e.g. the right of access to physical infrastructures or the obligation to coordinate certain construction works) to simplify, accelerate and reduce the deployment of high-speed networks and cross-sectoral coordination.
A significant part of costs of high-speed networks deployment can be attributed to inefficiencies in the building permit proceedings. This is also related to the insufficient usage of the existing infrastructure. Therefore, costs can be significantly reduced by the usage of existing ducts, conduits, manholes, cabinets, poles, masts, antenna installations, towers and other supporting constructions, i.e. physical infrastructure.