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Emerging Markets - Mobile Communications - Latvia, Mexico, Pakistan, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine

There are around 50 countries worldwide identified by various organisations as Emerging Markets which means they have been highlighted as countries undergoing industrialisation and rapid growth. In this report, BuddeComm highlights six of the countries identified as an Emerging Market and examines the important mobile communications environment. The following report includes a compilation of recent information written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts’ on Mobile Communications in the Emerging Markets of Latvia, Mexico, Pakistan, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine. For each country an overview of the mobile communications market is included as well as key mobile subscriber statistics, major operators and insights into the regulatory authorities and issues. Please note: BuddeComm offers a broad range of unique reports on telecoms in the emerging and developed markets beyond those included in this report.

Key developments:

Latvia’s mobile subscribers enjoy the cheapest mobile call rates in the EU; Mexico boasts the second largest mobile market in Latin America after Brazil; Although the rate of expansion in mobile subscribers in Pakistan picked up slightly in 2011, the market has clearly entered a slower growth period; Romania’s competitive mobile market is served by five mobile network operators utilising a mixture of GSM, CDMA and WCDMA technologies; Slovenia’s mobile market is one of the most competitive in Europe given that three mobile network operators (MNOs) and a number of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) operate in a country with a market of only two million people; Growth in the Ukraine has been driven by heightened competition following the entrance of foreign players and Ukraine’s broader economic development.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. Latvia
3.1 Latvia’s mobile market
3.2 Latvia regulatory issues
3.2.1 900MHz spectrum
3.2.2 2.3GHz spectrum
3.2.3 2.6GHz spectrum
3.2.4 Third Generation (3G) licences
3.2.5 EU roaming tariffs
3.2.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
3.2.7 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4. Mexico
4.1 Mexico’s mobile market
4.2 Mexico regulatory issues and developments
4.2.1 Regulatory authorities
4.2.2 Spectrum auctions
4.2.3 2.5GHz spectrum
4.2.4 700MHz spectrum
4.2.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
5. Pakistan
5.1 Pakistan’s mobile market
5.2 Pakistan regulatory issues and developments
5.2.1 Third Generation (3G) licences
5.2.2 Number portability
5.2.3 Unregistered SIMs
5.2.4 Consumer rights
5.2.5 Licensing in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
6. Romania
6.1 Romania’s mobile market
6.2 Romania regulatory issues and developments
6.2.1 Third Generation (3G) licences
6.2.2 450MHz licence awarded
6.2.3 900MHz band
6.2.4 Multi-band spectrum auction 2012
6.2.5 2.5GHz band
6.2.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
6.2.7 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
6.2.8 Roaming
7. Slovenia
7.1 Slovenia’s mobile market
7.2 Slovenia’s regulatory issues and developments
7.2.1 GSM licences
7.2.2 First 3G licence awarded
7.2.3 Tender for additional 3G licences
7.2.4 Sub 1GHz spectrum
7.2.5 Mobile Number Portability
7.2.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
7.2.7 Roaming
8. Ukraine
8.1 Ukraine’s mobile market
8.2 Ukraine regulatory issues and developments
8.2.1 GSM licences awards
8.2.2 CDMA licence awards
8.2.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile licences
8.2.4 Spectrum auctions
9. Related reports
List of Tables, Exhibits and Charts
Table 1 – Latvia - mobile subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2012
Table 2 – Latvia 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – January 2012
Table 3 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2011
Table 4 – European roaming call charges (€ cents) – 2012 - 2014
Table 5 – European SMS roaming charges (€ cents) – 2012 - 2014
Table 6 – European data roaming charges (€ cents) – 2012 - 2014
Table 7 – Latvia - Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2007 - 2011
Table 8 – Mexico - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2000 - 2013
Table 9 – Mexico - Mobile market share by major operator – 2001 - 2012
Table 10 – Pakistan - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2012
Table 11 – Pakistan - mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – May 2012
Table 12 – Pakistan - mobile operators, subscribers and market share – May 2012
Table 13 – Pakistan - mobile services revenue – 1998 - 2011
Table 14 – Pakistan - overall ARPU across all mobile operators – 2002; 2004 - 2009
Table 15 – Pakistan - mobile monthly ARPU by operator – 2009
Table 16 – Romania - overview of spectrum allocations – 2012
Table 17 – Romania - mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 1997 - 2013
Table 18 – Romania - mobile traffic – 2009 - 2013
Table 19 – Romania - mobile market revenue – 2008 - 2013
Table 20 – Romania - overview of mobile services by operator – 2012
Table 21 – Romania - mobile number portings – 2008 - 2011
Table 22 – Romania - mobile number portings as share of total lines– 2008 - 2011
Table 23 – Slovenia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2013
Table 24 – Slovenia - operator market share by subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 25 – Slovenia - mobile number portings – 2009 – 2011
Table 26 – Mobile Termination Rates – 2007 – 2010; 2013
Table 28 – Ukraine - mobile operator operational data – Jun 2012
Table 29 – Ukraine - mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2013
Table 30 – Ukraine - total mobile market revenue – 2006 - 2015
Chart 1 – Latvia - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2012
Chart 2 – Mexico - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2013
Chart 3 – Pakistan - mobile subscribers - 2000-2012
Chart 4 – Pakistan - mobile operators, subscribers and market share - May 2012
Chart 5 – Pakistan - mobile services revenue - 1998-2011
Chart 6 – Romania - mobile subscribers (active SIM) and penetration rate – 2000 – 2013
Chart 7 – Slovenia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2013
Chart 8 – Ukraine - mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovenia

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