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Albania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Albania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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. In recent years both of these partners have struggled to develop growth in the face of austerity measures. Such economic considerations have 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 sale of Telekom Albania to Bulgaria's Vivacom, a deal which has increased the latter's presence in the Balkan region. In February 2019 Vodafone Albania secured a block of spectrum in the 800MHz band, which it will use to improve its mobile broadband capabilities.

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:

Vodafone Albania the only bidder for a block of 800MHz spectrum at auction;
Regulator sets new interconnection rates through to December 2019;
International mobile roaming charges reduced from June 2019 in a first step to abolition of charges from 2021;
OTE sells Telekom Albania to Albania Telecom Invest;
Albtelecom secures 2600MHz spectrum license;
Report update includes the regulators market data to December 2018, operator data to Q1 2019, 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
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • OVERVIEW OF ALBANIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 – 2018
      • Table Telecom market share of revenue by operator – 2010 – 2018
  • 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
      • Table Albtelecom financial data – 2015 – 2017
      • Table Albtelecom subscriber by type – 2015 – 2017
    • ALBANIA ONLINE/ALBANIAN FIBRE BACKBONE (AFB)/PRIMO
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 – 2019
      • 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
      • Table National internet rental capacity – 2014 – 2018
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2007 – 2016
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2007 – 2019
      • 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 – 2018
      • 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 – 2018
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
      • 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 – 2018
      • Table Mobile market net profit by operator – 2010 – 2015; 2017 - 2018
      • Table Mobile market investment by operator – 2010 – 2018
      • 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
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total SMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers (3G/LTE) and penetration – 2011 – 2019
      • Table Active mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G/LTE handsets – 2011 – 2018
      • Table Dedicated mobile internet subscribers by operator (USB/modem) –2011 – 2019
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • 3G licences
      • Licences – 2015
      • Licences – 2016
      • 800MHz spectrum
      • 700MHz spectrum
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs – 2013 – 2019
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
        • 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
      • Vodafone Albania
        • Table Vodafone Albania subscribers – 2008 – 2019
        • Table Vodafone prepaid subscribers – 2005 – 2019
      • 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
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