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Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Moldovan mobile data growth on back of commercial LTE launch

These Moldovan telecoms market has shown some remarkable growth in recent years despite the poor economic environment. This is partly because many areas of the market remain relatively under-developed and so there is considerable room for growth. This has encouraged operators to continue to invest in all sectors except fixed-line telephony, where customer interest has been diverted to the mobile sector. In addition, Moldova's aspirations to join the European Union (EU) have encouraged the government and regulator to adopt a range of measures to bring the country's telecoms sector into line with EU principles and standards.

Moldova's internet market continues to develop rapidly, and with broadband penetration approaching 13% (well below the average for many Western European countries) there remain considerable opportunities for further development in coming years. Broadband subscriber growth has been particularly strong since 2009, with the sector dominated by two service providers Moldtelecom and StarNet which account for 88% of all connections despite the presence of about 50 ISPs nationally.

The mobile market has also grown rapidly and now accounts for the majority of total telecoms revenue. A triopoly of operators is dominated by Orange, while the launch of 3G/HSDP networks has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband, with the mobile operators well positioned due to the lack of effective fixed-line broadband competition beyond the main cities. The near comprehensive geographical reach of their mobile networks, market brand recognition and existing customer relationships will make for steady subscriber growth. In late 2012 Moldcell launched 4G services. Competition from Orange Moldova, which also won spectrum suitable for LTE, will help reduce prices for consumers while coverage obligations will ensure than most areas are served by 2015.

Moldova Penetration of key telecom services 2013
Penetration of services | 2013 (e)
Broadband | 13%
SIM penetration (population) | 127%
Fixed-line telephony | 35%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Market highlights:

The uncompetitive fixed telephony market will receive a boost by mid-2013 with the introduction of number portability, enabling customers to retain their phone numbers while switching to another provider within five days. MNP, expected from May 2013, will also have an effect on churn and so encourage operators to provide improved services.
Broadband penetration, approaching 13% by the end of 2012, is largely focussed on emerging FttX networks driven by consumer demand for new services such as IPTV. With the number of subscribers continuing to grow strongly, the relatively underdeveloped market promises to sustain considerable growth in coming years, particularly from the fibre and mobile broadband sectors.
The fixed telephony sector is among the few in Europe showing an increase in numbers, largely due to the existing low base of subscribers. However, revenue fell 10% in the first half of 2011, a trend continuing from 2009, as customers take to alternative VoIP and mobile services. Moldtelecom remains the main player, but the 57% growth in the number of subscribers to alternative operators points to a marked shift in the incumbent's dominance.
Fixed number portability was launched in August 2013, following MNP earlier in the year.
The regulator failed to secure bidders for the auction of frequencies in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands for 3G 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 Moldova's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, 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;
3G subscriber and mobile ARPU data;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

Mobile and fixed-number portability scheduled for May and July 2013; Moldcell launches first commercial LTE network following spectrum auction; regulator prepares for new 3G licence auction; includes telcos' operating and financial data to June 2013; regulator's market data to June 2013; market developments to September 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell
This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Moldova.

It provides further information on:

Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
ARPU statistics and forecasts.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview and analysis of Moldova's telecom market
3.1.1 Statistics
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Moldova
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Interconnection
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
5. Fixed network operators in Moldova
5.1 Moldtelecom
5.2 InterDnestrCom (IDC)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Broadband market
7.1 Moldova's emerging internet economy
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.2.1 DSL
7.2.2 Fibre
7.2.3 Mobile broadband
7.2.4 Wireless broadband
8. Overview of broadcasting market
8.1 Digital TV
8.1.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
8.1.2 Cable TV
8.1.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
8.1.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Moldova's mobile market
9.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3 Mobile statistics
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 First and second GSM licences awarded
9.4.2 Third GSM licence
9.4.3 CDMA licence awarded
9.4.4 UMTS licences
9.4.5 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
9.4.6 4G licences
9.5 Mobile technologies
9.5.1 Digital
9.5.2 3G UMTS
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 Orange/VoxTel
9.6.2 Moldcell
9.6.3 Eventis
9.6.4 Unite
9.6.5 IDC
9.7 Mobile voice services
9.7.1 Prepaid
9.8 Mobile data services
9.8.1 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.8.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9.8.3 Mobile broadband
9.8.4 Mobile TV
9.9 Mobile content and applications
10. Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2013; 2020
10.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
10.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013 (Jun)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2013 (Jun)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013 (Jun)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 - 2013
Table 8 Telecom investment by service type 2008 - 2012
Table 9 Telecom subscribers by service type 2007 - 2013
Table 10 Fixed network revenue by operator 2009 - 2013
Table 11 Fixed line subscribers by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 12 Fixed line ARPU 2009 - 2013
Table 13 Moldtelecom retail fixed-line financials 2011 - 2012
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2013
Table 15 Total international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2012
Table 16 Internet users, subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2013
Table 17 Broadband and data market revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 18 Broadband and data market share by total turnover 2009 - 2013
Table 19 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2013
Table 20 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 21 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 - 2013
Table 22 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 - 2013
Table 23 Broadband penetration by technology 2008 - 2013
Table 24 Broadband ARPU 2008 - 2013
Table 25 DSL subscribers by operator 2009 - 2013
Table 26 FttX subscribers by operator 2010 - 2013
Table 27 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2090 2013
Table 28 Broadcasting market revenue 2007 - 2013
Table 29 Multichannel TV market share of revenue by operator 2008 - 2013
Table 30 Multichannel TV market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2013
Table 31 Total TV ARPU 2005 - 2013
Table 32 Multichannel TV subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2013
Table 33 Multichannel TV market share by platform 2012 - 2013
Table 34 Mobile traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 35 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2004
Table 36 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2013
Table 37 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 - 2013
Table 38 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 - 2013
Table 39 Share of mobile revenue by service 2007 - 2010
Table 40 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 - 2013
Table 41 3G subscribers by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 42 3G population coverage by operator 2011 - 2012
Table 43 Orange subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 44 Orange annualised blended ARPU 2009 - 2013
Table 45 Orange mobile revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 46 Moldcell subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 47 Moldcell revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 48 Moldtelecom subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 49 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 50 Mobile data traffic 2011 - 2012
Table 51 Total SMS and MMS messages sent 2002 - 2013
Table 52 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 53 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2010 - 2013; 2020
Chart 1 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 2013
Chart 2 Telecom investment by service type 2008 2012
Chart 3 Broadband and data market share by total turnover 2009 2013
Chart 4 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 2013
Chart 5 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 2013
Chart 6 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 2013
Chart 7 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 2013
Chart 8 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 2013
Chart 9 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 2013
Chart 10 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 2013
Chart 11 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 2013
Chart 12 3G subscribers by operator 2009 2012

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