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Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Macedonia's telecom regulator promotes mobile market competition with MVNOs

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 which 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. Accession to the EU, stalled due to opposition from Greece, could proceed if both countries accept a mid-2018 proposal to rename the country as the Republic of Severna (Northern) Macedonia.

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 several 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 developing fibre sector. The number of DSL subscribers has continued to fall in recent years as customers are migrated to fibre networks.

Macedonia's mobile market is 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:

Macedonia and Bulgaria sign deal to end mobile roaming tariffs;
Regulator develops market conditions to promote more MVNOs;
Makedonski Telekom completes PSTN migration to an all-IP network;
MakTel signs managed services agreement with its vendor partner Ericsson;
Lycamobile Macedonia gains 3.4% mobile market share;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to Q4 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Makedonski Telekom, ONE, VIP Operator, One.VIP, Blizoo (formerly CableTel), Telekom Slovenije.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Market liberalisation
5.3 Privatisation
5.4 Interconnect
5.5 Access
5.6 Carrier Selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Makedonski Telekom
6.2 One.VIP
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 International infrastructure
8. Broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.1.1 Market analysis
8.1.2 Broadband statistics
8.2 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6 Other fixed-line broadband services
8.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
9. Digital economy
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile data
10.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.4 Mobile broadband
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.5.1 Third GSM licence
10.5.2 3G licence
10.5.3 LTE licence
10.5.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.5.5 Mobile Termination Rates
10.5.6 Roaming
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.6.1 Digital networks
10.7 M2M networks
10.8 Major mobile operators
10.8.1 MakTel
10.8.2 ONE
10.8.3 One.VIP (VIP Operator)
10.8.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10.9 Mobile content and applications
11. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Macedonia 2018 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue by type 2016 - 2017
Table 3 CS and CPS lines 2010 - 2016
Table 4 Fixed-lines ported 2008 - 2017
Table 5 Fixed-line market share by key operators 2009 - 2017
Table 6 Makedonski Telekom revenue (HUF) 2009 - 2018
Table 7 Historic - Makedonski Telekom financial data (MKD) 2009 - 2012
Table 8 Makedonski Telekom fixed-voice subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 9 ONE financial data 2010 - 2015
Table 10 ONE mobile and broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 11 One.VIP fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs 2015 - 2018
Table 12 Telephony-lines by type 2009 - 2017
Table 13 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2019
Table 15 Wholesale leased lines in service, by type 2010 - 2017
Table 16 Historic - Internet users and penetration rates 1999 - 2009
Table 17 Internet users and penetration rates 2010 - 2018
Table 18 Household internet penetration 2011- 2018
Table 19 Business internet penetration 2011- 2018
Table 20 Proportion of households with computer use 2010 - 2018
Table 21 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2019
Table 22 Market share of fixed internet subscribers by major operator 2013 - 2017
Table 23 Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other 2009 - 2017
Table 24 Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed 2014 - 2017
Table 25 Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform 2010 - 2017
Table 26 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 27 Cable broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 28 Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 29 DSL broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 30 FttP subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 31 Uptake of e-government services by individuals 2008 - 2018
Table 32 Proportion of business engaged in e-commerce 2006 - 2018
Table 33 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2009
Table 34 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2019
Table 35 Mobile network operator market share by subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 36 Mobile traffic 2009 - 2017
Table 37 Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 38 MakTel prepaid subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 39 SMS messages sent 2005 - 2017
Table 40 MMS messages sent 2009 2017
Table 41 2G, 3G and LTE mobile internet subscribers 2012 - 2019
Table 42 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 43 Cumulative mobile-lines ported 2008 2017
Table 44 Mobile termination rates 2015 - 2017
Table 45 European roaming charges 2007 2016
Table 46 European roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 47 M2M connections 2016 - 2017
Table 48 MakTel mobile subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 49 MakTel minutes of use 2004 - 2018
Table 50 MakTel mobile ARPU () 2004 - 2011
Table 51 MakTel mobile ARPU (HUF) 2012 - 2018
Table 52 MakTel mobile revenue (HUF) 2010 - 2018
Table 53 ONE mobile subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 54 One.VIP financial data 2007 - 2018
Table 55 One.VIP mobile subscribers 2007 - 2018
Chart 1 Fixed-line market share by key operators 2009 2017
Chart 2 Makedonski Telekom revenue data 2009 2018
Chart 3 Telephony-lines by type 2009 2017
Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2019
Chart 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019
Chart 6 Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers 2008 2018
Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2019
Chart 8 Mobile network operator market share by subscribers 2007 2017
Chart 9 MakTel mobile revenue (HUF) 2014 2018
Chart 10 One.VIP financial data 2007 2018
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Frequency bands and allocations
Exhibit 3 Frequency bands expressions of interest 2007

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