BMI View: The broadband market represents the only avenue for customer growth in Moldova, as demandfor costly fixed telephone services declines in light of low-cost mobile voice services. Although xDSL, digitalcable and FTTx have helped keep wireline broadband adoption moving forwards, mobile substitutionhinders the market's development. And, as the lack of interest in vacant mobile broadband spectrum shows,operators are all too aware that even mobile broadband lacks long-term commercial viability.Latest Updates & Industry Developments■ Mobile subscriptions declined in 9M15 in line with expectations. We forecast 3.445mn activesubscriptions by end-2015, recovering to 3.473mn in 2019 as 3G/4G migration lifts the market.■ Demand for low-capacity wireline broadband will slow over the next few years as customers migrate tomobile platforms. Digital cable and FTTx will grow at a faster rate, but will still be outstripped bymobile broadband. Total broadband subscriptions will fall to 697,000 in 2019.
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