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Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Macedonia's mobile market dominated by two MNOs

The 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 MakTel continues to dominate the sector. Broadband services are widely available, with effective competition between DSL and cable platforms complemented by wireless broadband and a fast developing fibre sector. Into 2016 the number of DSL subscribers has continue to fall as customers are migrated to fibre networks.

Macedonia's mobile market is now served by only two mobile network operators, MakTel and one.Vip, the latter being formed by the merger of the local business units of Telekom Slovenije and Telekom Austria. One.Vip in May 2016 was also merged with its sister company Blizoo, and so has been able to provide a full suite of converged services. Mobile data services are becoming increasingly important following investments in LTE network rollouts and in upgrades to LTE-A technology.

Key developments:

Regulator develops market conditions to promote more MVNOs; Blizoo acquires Skopje-based cablecos; Blizoo merges with one.Vip; Makedonski Telekom completes PSTN migration to an all-IP network; MakTel signs managed services agreement with its vendor partner Ericsson; Lycamobile Macedonia launches services, gains market share; regulator auctions LTE licences in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to Q3 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Macedonia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)

Subscriber penetration rate: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 17.6%

Fixed broadband | 23%

Mobile SIM (population) | 102.7%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Makedonski Telekom, ONE, Vip Operator, one.Vip, Blizoo (formerly CableTel), Telekom Slovenije, T-Mobile Macedonia.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Macedonia - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband subscribers - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • MARKET LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • CARRIER SELECTION (CS) AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table CS and CPS lines -2010 - 2016
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed-lines ported -2008 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Fixed-line market share by key operators -2009 - 2016
    • MAKEDONSKI TELEKOM
      • Table Makedonski Telekom revenue (HUF) - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Historic - Makedonski Telekom financial data (MKD) - 2009 - 2012
      • Table Makedonski Telekom fixed-voice subscribers - 2010 - 2016
    • ONE.VIP
      • Table ONE financial data - 2010 - 2015
      • Table ONE mobile and broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table One.Vip fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs - 2015 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Table Telephony-lines by type -2009 - 2016
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Wholesale leased lines in service, by type - 2010 - 2015
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rates - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rates - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Household internet penetration - 2011- 2016
        • Table Business internet penetration - 2011- 2016
        • Table Proportion of households with computer use - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Market share of internet subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2016
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Notes on scenario forecasts
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP subscribers - 2009 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED-LINE BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • Table Uptake of e-government services by individuals - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Uptake of e-government services by businesses - 2006 - 2016
    • Table Proportion of business engaged in e-commerce - 2006 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of TV subscribers by platform - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Market share of TV subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Total TV subscribers - 2010 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DVB-T subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2005; 2009 - 2016
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2009 - 2016
      • Bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services by type - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Market share of double-play services by operator - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Market share of triple-play services by operator - 2013 - 2016
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Makedonski Telekom IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Table IPTV subscribers - 2010 – 2016
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile network operator market share by subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Mobile traffic - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table MakTel prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2005 – 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2009 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table 2G and 3G mobile internet subscribers - 2012 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third GSM licence
      • 3G licence
      • LTE licence
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Cumulative mobile-lines ported -2008 - 2016
      • Mobile Termination Rates
        • Table Mobile termination rates - 2015 - 2017
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
    • M2M NETWORKS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MakTel
        • Table MakTel mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2016
        • Table MakTel minutes of use - 2004 - 2016
        • Table MakTel mobile ARPU ( ) - 2004 - 2011
        • Table MakTel mobile ARPU (HUF) - 2012 - 2016
        • Table MakTel mobile revenue (HUF) - 2010 - 2016
      • ONE
        • Table ONE mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • One.Vip (Vip Operator)
        • Table one.Vip financial data - 2007 - 2016
        • Table one.Vip mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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