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Albania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Albania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Albania's telcos prepare for 800MHz auction to develop 5G services

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 continuing austerity measures. 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.

Recent developments in the telecom sector include the proposed sale of Telekom Albania, with Telekom Srbija among bidders aiming to increase their presence in the Balkan region.

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. Albania has been recognised as a candidate country for accession to the EU since June 2014.

Key developments:

Regulator prepares for 800MHz auction, sets new interconnection rates through to December 2019;
Vodafone Albania shuts down its M-Pesa service;
Albtelecom secures 2600MHz spectrum license;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2018, operator data to Q2 2018, 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 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Albania - 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF ALBANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market share of revenue by operator- 2010 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed-line number portings - 2013 - 2017
      • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
      • Access
  • 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 - 2018
      • Table Fixed lines in service by minor operator - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line telephony market share by operator - 2014 - 2018
    • ALBANIAN NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-broadband subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-broadband market share by operator - 2010 - 2018
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers -2019; 2021; 2023
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Table Fixed broadband market share by platform -2016 - 2017
      • 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 - 2018
      • Other fixed broadband services
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • e-government
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile AMPU and ARPU - 2010 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Registered mobile SIM cards by operator - 2003 - 2018
      • Table Active mobile SIM cards by operator - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile subscriber market share of active SIM cards by operator - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Mobile market revenue by operator - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market net profit by operator - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market investment by operator - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Total mobile outgoing traffic - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Average use of mobile services, active users - 2011 - 2018
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Mobile data traffic per subscriber per month - 2014 - 2018
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total SMS messages sent - 2002 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile subscribers by type (handsets, dedicated data) - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Active mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G/LTE handsets - 2011 - 2018
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by operator via USB/modem - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • 3G/UMTS licences
      • Licences - 2015
      • Licences - 2016
      • 800MHz spectrum
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs - 2013 - 2019
        • Table SMS termination tariffs - 2013 - 2015
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2011 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telekom Albania (Albanian Mobile Communications)
        • Table Telekom Albania mobile revenue, EBITDA - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2018
        • Table Telekom Albania registered mobile subscribers - 2016 - 2018
      • Vodafone Albania
        • Table Vodafone Albania active subscribers - 2014 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone Albania registered subscribers - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2018
      • Albtelecom
        • Table Albtelecom active mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2018
        • 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
      • M-money
  • RELATED REPORTS

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