The Czech Telecom Office (CTU) has fined M7 Group, which operates the DTH platforms Skylink and CS Link, CZK9.5 million (€350,660) for failing to inform the regulator about the commencement of its activities in the country.

In a statement, the CTU says that: “the amount of the fine reflects the seriousness of the offence in the length of time during which the company carried out its communication activities without authorisation”.

It adds: “the long-term illegal status significantly negatively affected the statistical data for the years 2013 and 2014, which was dealt with not only by the CTO but also other government authorities, the judiciary and by international organisations and the European Union”.

The CTU also says that M7 Group had operated in the Czech Republic since the beginning of 2013 but only fulfilled its obligations on May 28 this year.

M7 Group’s DTH services in the Czech Republic are distributed by Astra and received by a tenth of the country’s population.