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Kosovo - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Kosovo - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Kosovo's telcos appeal for extension to using new country dialling code

Kosovo has benefited from financial and regulatory assistance as part of the EU pre-accession process. The EU remains Kosovo's main trading partner and its main source of foreign direct investment. The economy is significantly driven by trade with Germany and Switzerland, where most expatriates live and work. Remittances from such workers form an important part of household incomes.

The telecom sector has been liberalised, with legislation introduced in late 2012 to align with the EU's revised regulatory framework. It also adopted measures relating to competition and to facilitating the market entry of new players. Nevertheless, poor telecom infrastructure has meant that fixed-line penetration remains low by European standards. Unlike most markets, the fixed-line broadband sector is dominated by new players, in particular the cable operator Ipko, a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenia.

Broadband penetration in Kosovo is developing slowly. There is effective competition between the main cable and DSL operators, though as yet there is little progress with the expansion of fibre networks: investment by the incumbent PTK, trading as Kosovo Telecom, in building an upgraded fibre-based NGN has been insufficient thus far, exacerbated by the company's financial difficulties.

Although there are a number of smaller ISPs the sector is dominated by only three players: PTK, Ipko and Kujtesa. Cable accounts for the majority of broadband connections.

The mobile sector accounts for most telecom lines for voice services, as well as the greater part of telecom revenue. Two MNOs dominate the sector. Telenor Serbia and VIP Mobile stopped offering unlicensed mobile voice and data services in mid-2017 across border regions as part of a deal by which Kosovo secured its own dialling code.

Key developments:

Telecom regulator prepares for multi-spectrum auction and number portability;
Kosovo begins using 383 national dialling code;
Regulator sets revised MTR charges;
Regulator preps for additional mobile licences to be used for mobile broadband;
Vala expands LTE service reach;
Albtelecom and PTK complete the second fibre-optic system between Albania and Kosovo;
Kosovo adopts new Law On Electronic Communications;
Ipko launches an 80Mb/s broadband offer;
Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2016 market data to June 2018, telcos' data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (Kosovo Telecom, Vala), Ipko, Artmotion, Kujtesa; Dukagjini Telecommunications, Dardafon.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Kosovo – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Market share of revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Telecom market investment – 2013 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of telecom market investment by sector– 2015 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • MARKET LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2018
    • KOSOVO TELECOM
      • Table Telecom Kosovo financial data – 2007 - 2014
      • Table Telecom Kosovo financial data by sector – 2011 - 2014
    • IPKO
      • Table Ipko revenue – 2011 - 2018
      • Table Ipko investment – 2012 - 2018
    • KUJTESA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Table Fixed line voice traffic – 2010 - 2016
    • Table Fixed line subscribers and teledensity – 2004 - 2018
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2012 - 2018
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Historic - broadband subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2012
      • Table Ipko broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Broadband market share by platform – 2007 – 2011; 2015 - 2016
      • Table Total fixed and mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2013 - 2018
    • FORECASTS – FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Historic - Cable broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2012
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
        • Table Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2012
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table Historic - Wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2011
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2019
      • Table Mobile market share by subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Mobile market revenue – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Prepaid as proportion of total mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2012
      • Table Mobile traffic – 2013 - 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 4G (LTE)
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Vala SMS traffic – 2009 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2013 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • First mobile licence
      • Second mobile licence
      • Spectrum auctions
        • Table Spectrum auction - potential frequencies on offer – 2018
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • MVNO Framework
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Vala
        • Table Vala subscribers – 2008 – 2018
        • Table Vala mobile revenue – 2007 - 2014
        • Table Vala mobile on-net traffic – 2011 - 2015
      • Ipko
        • Table Ipko mobile revenue – 2010 - 2011
        • Table Ipko mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • RELATED REPORTS

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