This report profiles the five countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. While all five are in the same region, they vary significantly in terms of population and GDP per capita, with Slovenia’s GDP per capita more than double of Poland’s and Poland’s population almost 20 times that of Slovenia. Subjects include:
Market and industry analyses, trends and developments
Facts, figures and statistics
Industry issues and regulatory
Research, Marketing, Benchmarking
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, Prepaid
Network Operators, Wholesalers and Retailers, Utilities Projects
BuddeComm’s latest Annual Publication ‘2006-2007 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Central Europe’ profiles the five countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. While all five are in the same region, they vary significantly in terms of population and GDP per capita, with Slovenia’s GDP per capita more than double of Poland’s and Poland’s population almost 20 times that of Slovenia.
All five are settling into their positions as fully-fledged EU nations and are a snapshot of markets in transition; the benefits of liberalised communications markets are becoming increasingly evident as alternative operators gather strength, broadband penetration increases and consumers are being offered more choice.
This report presents a concise overview of the Central Eastern European region, presenting regulatory developments, major players in the fixed-line, convergence and mobile markets, the development of new product offerings for the aforementioned markets, whilst offering essential broadband and mobile operator statistics highlighting sector development, and the emergence of convergence and triple play in Central Eastern Europe.
Liberalised markets in the region are undergoing consolidation, as alternative telecoms operators are not as successful as initially anticipated. The number of significant alternative operators is decreasing, although the growing size of the emerging survivors is giving them scale to more effectively compete against the fixed-line incumbent.
Converging telecom and broadcasting markets are most evident in the competition between the fixed-line incumbents and cable operators. Cable operators and now fixed-line incumbents have launched triple play services, bringing the two once-distinct groups into direct competition in the Czech Republic and Poland.
The effects of unbundling are now being seen, with unbundled lines being taken up by the public, particularly in Hungary, which has experienced the most success out of the five countries with IP bitstream access. Slovenia is also seeing the beginnings of access-based competition, with unbundled, shared access and bitstream access lines numbering in the thousands as at March 2006.
The developing broadband market is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with ADSL2+ services launched in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia.
Scenario-based broadband forecasts for all five CEE nations is provided, providing a guide as to where broadband penetration is headed.
IPTV services have been launched in the Czech Republic and in Poland, giving telecoms operators their much anticipated triple play services. Polish incumbent’s triple play offering is based on the Livebox device from France Telecom.
The satellite-based digital pay TV market is becoming increasingly crowded as a Romanian digital pay TV operator has commenced offering services in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, recording strong growth in subscriber levels. A new satellite platform was launched in Poland, shaking up the previous duopoly, with satellite-based HDTV services.
WiMAX services have been available in Slovakia since November 2005, a Polish alternative operator is expected to launch commercial services in 2007 while alternative operators in other countries are either planning or considering services.
The Czech Republic now has the highest mobile penetration out of the five CEE countries, a position once long-held by Slovenia.
As mobile penetration in all five countries is at or near saturation, operators are now looking to improve ARPU levels by migrating users to postpaid tariffs and 3G services. However 3G is not all it has shaped up to be, with Vodafone Czech Republic halting the rollout of its 3G network, as expected benefits do not justify costs.