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Albania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Albania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Albanian telecom sector continues showing slow but steady growth

Albania's telecom market is consistent with developments elsewhere in the region, with fixed-line telephony penetration declining as subscribers migrate to mobile solutions and with ongoing government efforts to improve broadband availability and access conditions. To this end the regulator recently imposed LLU and bitstream access conditions on the incumbent telco Albtelecom.

The country's small economy is highly dependent on the key trading partners of Italy and Greece. The former still struggles to develop growth while the latter faces yet more austerity as part of the ongoing acceptance of bail out conditions from international lenders. These economic considerations had a marked impact on Albania's telecom sector, with revenue growth having declined for a number of years before showing marginal recovery from 2014.

Penetration in the fixed-line and broadband sectors remains very low by international standards. Although regulatory obstacles remain, this low penetration provides opportunities for further investment in network upgrades to help propel the country's economic growth through digital offerings and IP-based technologies and services. Such investment in fixed-line infrastructure is being encouraged by the regulator through amended access measures and by the government through its own funding programs. However, as mobile network infrastructure improves consumers will continue to prefer this platform for voice and data services, and as a result the mobile sector will be the focus for future growth in the overall market.

The country has long sought accession to the European Union (EU) which has benefited its telecoms sector through closer scrutiny of its regulatory regime and through the injection of funding to help modernise infrastructure. Albania signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU, which came into force in mid-2009. As part of the EU pre-accession process, Albania has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border co-operation under the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance funding mechanism. Since June 2014 Albania has been recognised as an official candidate for accession to the EU.

Key developments:

Vodafone Albania shuts down its M-Pesa service; Plus Communications and Albtelecom secure 2600MHz spectrum licenses; Albtelecom's share of the broadband market continues to be squeezed by competitors; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2017, operator data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Albania, Albtelecom (Eagle Mobile), Telekom Albania (AMC), Cosmote, Turk Telecom, Primo Communications.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Albania - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF ALBANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market share of revenue by operator- 2010 - 2015
      • Table Historic - Revenue by operator- 2008 - 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed-line number portings - 2013 - 2016
      • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • ALBTELECOM
    • ALBANIA ONLINE/ALBANIAN FIBRE BACKBONE (AFB)/PRIMO
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed lines in service by minor operator - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line telephony market share by operator - 2014 - 2017
    • ALBANIAN NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-broadband market share by operator - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-broadband subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2017
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers -2018; 2020; 2022
    • NOTES ON SCENARIO FORECASTS
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
        • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2018
      • HFC networks
        • Table Cable modem broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2018
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table FttP broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Subscribers to bundled services by type - 2014 - 2017
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile AMPU and ARPU - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Vodafone prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile SIM cards by operator - 2003 - 2017
      • Table Mobile subscriber market share of active SIM cards by operator - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Active mobile SIM cards by operator - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Mobile market revenue by operator - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market net profit by operator - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market investment by operator - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Total mobile traffic - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Average use of mobile services, active users - 2011 - 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2013 - 2017
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Total MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2012
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile subscribers by type (3G, USB) - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G/LTE handsets - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by operator via USB/modem - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • 3G/UMTS licences
      • Licences - 2015
      • Licences - 2016
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table AMC MTRs - 2005 - 2016
        • Table MTRs - 2013 - 2016
        • Table SMS termination tariffs - 2005 - 2011
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2011 - 2016
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telekom Albania (Albanian Mobile Communications)
        • Table Telekom Albania financial data - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Telekom Albania mobile revenue, EBITDA - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2017
      • Vodafone Albania
        • Table Vodafone Albania subscribers - 2008 - 2017
      • Albtelecom
        • Table Albtelecom active mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2017
        • Table Albtelecom mobile revenue - 2015 - 2016
      • Plus Communications
        • Table Plus Communications active mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
      • M-money
  • RELATED REPORTS

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