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Macedonia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Macedonia - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2012
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2012
    • Table Broadband subscribers - 2013 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF MACEDONIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector - 2008 - 2012
      • Table Share of telecom market revenue by sector - 2008 - 2010
      • Table Investment in telecoms and transport sector - 2004 - 2012; 2015
      • EU candidacy
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN MACEDONIA
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
        • Table Call termination on Makedonski Telekom's fixed network - 2009
      • Access
        • Table Cost of LLU and shared access lines - 2010
        • Table Access lines by type - 2010 - 2013
      • Carrier selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table CS and CPS lines -2010 - 2011
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed-lines ported -2008 - 2013
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN MACEDONIA
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Fixed-line market share by key operators -2009 - 2013
    • MAKEDONSKI TELEKOM
      • Table Makedonski Telekom revenue (HUF) - 2009 - 2013
      • Table Makedonski Telekom financial data (MKD) - 2009 - 2012
      • Table Makedonski Telekom fixed-voice lines in service - 2010 - 2013
    • ONE
      • Table ONE revenue - 2010 - 2013
      • Table ONE subscribers - 2009 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Table Telephony-lines by type -2009 - 2013
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2014
    • Table Wholesale leased lines in service, by type - 2010 - 2012
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Internet market revenue - 2008 - 2013
    • INTERNET STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 1999 - 2012
    • MACEDONIA'S EMERGING INTERNET SOCIETY
      • Table Uptake of e-government services by individuals - 2008 - 2012
  • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2012
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Household penetration of broadband services by type - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Household penetration of broadband services by type - Mar 2013
        • Table Proportion of households with computer/internet use - 2010 - 2012
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other - 2009 - 2013
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers - 2008 - 2013
      • Table ADSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Table One broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2013
    • CABLE BROADBAND
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
    • FTTH
      • Table FttH subscribers - 2009 - 2013
    • FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX voice lines - 2009 - 2013
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF BROADCASTING MARKET
      • Table Market share of TV subscribers by platform - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Market share of TV subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2013
      • Table TV revenue - 2004 - 2012; 2015
      • Table Total TV subscribers - 2010 - 2013
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DVB-T subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table Makedonski Telekom IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2013
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Cable TV revenue - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2005; 2009 - 2015
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2009 - 2013
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF MACEDONIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobile network operator market share by subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile termination rates - 2009
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2009 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third GSM licence
      • 3G licence
      • 4G licence
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Cumulative mobile-lines ported -2008 - 2013
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Overview of operators
      • T-Mobile
        • Table T-Mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2013
        • Table T-Mobile MOU and ARPU - 2004 - 2013
      • One
        • Table One mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2013
        • Table One financial data - 2010 - 2013
      • VIP Operator
        • Table VIP financial data - 2007 - 2013
        • Table VIP Operator subscribers - 2007 - 2013
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers - 2005 - 2013
        • Table T-Mobile prepaid subscribers- 2004 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2005 - 2013
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2009 - 2013
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Total mobile broadband capable subscribers - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Household penetration of mobile broadband services by type - 2012
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
    • HIGHER BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • LOWER BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • NOTES ON SCENARIO FORECASTS
  • RELATED REPORTS

Macedonia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

LTE auction preps for mobile broadband expansion in 2014The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia) has been a European Union (EU) candidate country since 2005. As part of the EU pre-accession process, the country has built closer economic ties with the Union: the EU accounts for 60% of Macedonia's exports and about half of its imports. Closer regulatory and administrative ties with European Commission (EC) institutions have done much to develop the telecom sector and prepare the market for the competitive environment encouraged in the EU.

As part of EU integration legislation has implemented the principles of the EU's regulatory framework for communications, established an independent regulator and set out a number of provisions to provide for a competitive telecom market, including wholesale access to the incumbent's fixed-line network. Although the fixed telephony market has been liberalised, the incumbent continues to dominate the sector. Broadband services are widely available, with effective competition between DSL and cable platforms complemented by wireless broadband and a nascent FttX sector.

Broadband services are available via DSL, fibre, cable and wireless and the incumbent has launched IPTV services in competition with well-established cable TV operators.

Macedonia's mobile market is served by a triopoly of mobile network operators, two of which benefit from the technical know-how and financial resources of parent companies Deutsche Telekom and Telekom Austria. Mobile data services are also available and this market is also expected to become increasingly important as new subscriber additions fade in the maturing mobile voice market. With WCDMA/HSPA networks in place, the focus for mobile data has shifted to mobile broadband offerings.

Key telecom penetration for services 2010; 2013
Subscriber penetration rate: | 2010 | 2013 (e)
Fixed-broadband | 11% | 16%
Fixed-line telephony | 20% | 19%
Mobile SIM | 105% | 109%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market highlights:

Competitors are making inroads into the fixed telephony market, with alternative operators representing a growing proportion of fixed lines. EU-mandated regulatory measures have improved market prospects for competitors.
Broadband uptake growth is expected to maintain momentum during the next few years, with the incumbent placing greater emphasis in FttX networks.
Digital TV is widely available via satellite, digital terrestrial TV and broadband TV. The incumbent's IPTV subscriber base has grown steadily in the wake of upgraded network capabilities, which has contributed to fewer customers to satellite services.
Competition is intensifying in the mobile market. Mobile number portability has grown rapidly following a reduction in fees. Mobile voice penetration is on a par with the EU average, while high-end mobile data services represent a considerable growth area for MNOs in coming years.
The regulator's tender for the use of frequencies for LTE was suspended through lack of interest among operators. A renewed tender was completed in mid-2013 and is expected to boost the developing LTE market.
The MVNO market has been supported by the regulator keen to develop further competition. New market entrants are beginning to launch services.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Macedonia's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

Telekom Slovenije merges Macedonian subsidiaries into ONE; market for fixed-line telephony continues to fall; regulator auctions 4G licences in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands; telecoms market accounting for 7% of GDP, well above the EU average; regulator's market data to Q1 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Makedonski Telekom, ONE, VIP, Blizoo (formerly CabelTel), Telecom Slovenia.


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