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Estonia - Fixed Broadband and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses

Estonia - Fixed Broadband and Digital Economy - Statistics and Analyses

Estonia has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe. Broadband is available via a range of fixed-line and wireless technologies, with ADSL2+, FttP, cable, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and HSPA/LTE options widely available. The incumbent telco Telia is the dominant provider of DSL-based services, with cable broadband the main competing platform. Telia planned to end DSL-based services by the end of 2020, and will migrate customers to its VDSL, G.fast and fibre networks. Elisa's acquisition of the principal cableco Starman in March 2017 will enable the operator to offer a more comprehensive suite of bundled services, and so compete more effectively with Telia.

High broadband penetration has underpinned Estonia's emerging internet economy, with various e-commerce, e-government, e-education and e-health services available and widely used. The cable TV market is well developed and hence cable TV operators have been well-positioned to offer bundled play services.

This report provides statistics and an overview of broadband market developments and trends in Estonia, as well as forecasts to 2022. It also includes major market developments in the country's converging media and digital economy.

Key developments:

Government commits 20 million to rural broadband program; Telia Estonia planning to close DSL-based services by end-2020; Estonian start-up developing Li-Wi technology; Elisa acquires Starman's Estonian business; Estonia develops e-residency cards; analogue cable services end; EstWin NGN opens in several counties; report update includes operator data to Q3 2017, Statistics Estonia data to December 2015, the regulator's market data updates and 2015 annual report, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia (Elion), Starman, STV, Viasat, Levira, Baltic Broadband.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Wi-Fi
6.2 Li-Fi
6.3 WiMAX
7. Digital economy
7.1 Estonian Information Society Strategy
7.2 Legislation
7.3 E-government
7.3.1 Infrastructure
7.3.2 eID card
7.3.3 E-Residency
7.3.4 EEBone
7.4 E-commerce
7.5 E-education
7.6 E-health
8. Digital media
8.1.1 Videostreaming
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Active fixed-broadband lines and penetration rate 2004 - 2018
Table 4 Dial-up internet subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 5 Telia fixed-broadband subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 6 Telia fixed-broadband ARPU 2006 - 2016
Table 7 Proportion of broadband connections by data speed 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Revenue from fixed and mobile broadband services 2013 - 2015
Table 9 Forecast broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 10 Cable broadband subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 11 Starman cable broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 12 DSL subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 13 STV broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 14 FttX broadband subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 15 Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 16 Proportion of TV accesses by platform 2008 - 2015
Table 17 Telia IPTV subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 18 IPTV subscribers 2011 - 2017
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 2 Fixed-broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2004 - 2018

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