BMI View: Macedonia's small size and saturated market offer few growth prospects for new entrants andestablished players alike. This view is underscored by the merger of VIP and ONE and the limited interestshown by MVNOs. Although consumer choice is impacted, consolidation is creating stronger playerscapable of challenging the incumbent. Newcomers would be advised to look to the services and contentfields for investment opportunities.
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The mobile market lost 32,000 net subscribers in 2016 bringing down the total to 2.362mn. We forecastthis number to fall to 2.237mn by end-2021. The focus is on 3G/4G migration and such customers willaccount for nearly 100% of the user base by 2021 as 4G wins favour.
In the wireline arena, the focus is on rolling out next-generation high-speed accesses, over whichoperators can deliver multiple high-value services. Triple-play services are becoming commonplace,but there is little appetite for advanced services outside urban areas. There will be 1.042mn broadbandaccesses by 2021, a relatively low penetration rate.