Czech Republic is at the fore…

Czech Republic is at the forefront of an open data international project

Published on: 24/01/2017

With the beginning of the new year, an international project “Open crowdsourcing data related to the quality of service of high-speed Internet” was launched, which aims to encourage the development of open data in the user’s measurement of high-speed Internet.

The project co-financed by the European Commission under the Connecting Europe Facility funding program will include the development of mobile applications that allow end users to easily test the speed of their mobile Internet, as well as other related activities such as data analysis, publications and more. The data should be then made available free of charge to end users, companies and public institutions.

“Support for open data is one of the areas that have been long addressed by the CZ.NIC and I am glad that we can now push the entire field forward in cooperation with the Czech Telecommunication Office on the NetMetr application. In the course of the project, we will also focus on measuring on wired networks using Turris routers,” says Ondřej Filip, the CEO of CZ.NIC.

Besides the Czech national domain administrator, who is the leader of the project, participants include national telecommunications regulators from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia and the Austrian company Specure, which laid the foundations of the mobile application used also by the Czech NetMetr.

“Our office was one of the first in the Czech Republic to make its data available and thus has become a model for other offices. Now we have the opportunity to share our experience with other countries in Europe and witness the birth of standardization activities at European level,” says Jaromír Novak, Chairman of the Czech Telecommunication Office.

According to last year’s assessment in the field of open data performed by the European Commission, the Czech Republic moved from the category of “beginners” to the category of “followers”. Together with Slovakia and Luxembourg, we rank among the countries that made the greatest progress in this area in 2016.

Czech Republic's active role in this project was also praised by Michal Kubáň, the national coordinator for open data, who adds: “The project proposed by CZ.NIC gives us hope for further improvement and shows that the Czech Republic can set the trend in open data that can be followed by other European countries.”

City/Location: Prague/Czech Republic