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Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

No bids made for Moldova's spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band

The Moldovan telecoms market has shown some remarkable growth in recent years. This has been supported by economic growth which reached 7.1% in 2010 and 6.8% in 2011 before dipping in 2012 in the wake of economic difficulties faced by its main trade partners. Nevertheless, GDP quickly recovered, reaching an estimated 8.9% in 2013 though slowing to an anticipated 3.5% in 2014. Many areas of the economy, as well as the telecom 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 reaching 13% (well below the average for many 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 Moldova, while the launch of 3G/HSDP networks as well as services based on LTE technology from two providers 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. Moldcell launched LTE services in 2012, followed by Orange Moldova. Competition between the two will help reduce prices for consumers while coverage obligations will ensure than most areas are served by the end of 2015.

Moldova Penetration of key telecom services 2014
Penetration of services | Penetration
Broadband | 13%
SIM penetration (population) | 121%
Fixed-line telephony | 34%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

Orange Moldova increases LTE download speed to 150Mb/s;
Moldtelecom reports 8.7% growth in mobile revenue for 2013;
Moldcell launches commercial LTE services following spectrum auction;
Regulator suspends 3.4GHz auction after no bids offered;
Technology neutral 15-year licences in the 800, 900 and 1800MHz bands synchronised
Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; regulator's market data to September 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell

Publication overview:

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 developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF MOLDOVA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Statistics
        • Table Telecom revenue by service type - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Fixed networks Broadcasting Mobile Total Year MDL (million)
        • Table Telecom subscribers by service type - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Telecom subscribers by service type - 2007 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN MOLDOVA
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN MOLDOVA
    • Table Fixed network revenue by operator - 2009 - 2014
    • Table Fixed line subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2014
    • Table Fixed line subscriber market share by operator - 2009 - 2012
    • Table Fixed line penetration - 2009 - 2015
    • Table Fixed line ARPU - 2009 - 2014
    • MOLDTELECOM
      • Table Moldtelecom retail fixed-line financials - 2011 - 2013
    • INTERDNESTRCOM (IDC)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2013
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • MOLDOVA'S EMERGING INTERNET ECONOMY
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2014
      • Table Broadband and data market revenue - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Broadband and data market share by total turnover - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Broadband ISP market share by subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Broadband subscribers by access type - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Broadband access market share by technology - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Broadband ARPU - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of broadband accesses by data speed - 2012 - 2013
      • DSL
        • Table DSL subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2014
      • Cable broadband
        • Table Broadband subscribers by access type - 2005 - 2014
      • Fibre
        • Table FttX subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2014
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Mobile VoIP users - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Revenue from mobile broadband services, by operator - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator - 2009 - 2014
      • Wireless broadband
  • OVERVIEW OF BROADCASTING MARKET
    • Table Broadcasting market revenue - 2007 - 2014
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table Multichannel TV market share of revenue by operator - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Multichannel TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Total TV ARPU - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Multichannel TV subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Multichannel TV market share by platform - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Multichannel digital TV market share by platform - June 2014
      • Cable TV
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF MOLDOVA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Mobile traffic - 2008 - 2014
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market revenue by operator - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Mobile market ARPU by operator - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Share of mobile revenue by service (historic) - 2007 - 2010
      • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • First and second GSM licences awarded
      • Third GSM licence
      • CDMA licence awarded
      • UMTS licences
      • 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 4G licences
      • Limits on the number of licences
      • 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
        • Table 2G population coverage by operator - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Overview of mobile technologies by operator - 2014
      • 3G UMTS
        • Table 3G subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2012
        • Table 3G population coverage by operator - 2011 - 2013
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange/VoxTel
        • Table Orange Moldova subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Orange Moldova mobile revenue - 2009 - 2014
      • Moldcell
        • Table Moldcell subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Moldcell revenue - 2009 - 2014
      • Eventis
      • Moldtelecom
        • Table Moldtelecom subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Moldtelecom retail mobile revenue - 2012 - 2013
      • IDC
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2014
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2012 - 2014
      • Table Total SMS and MMS messages sent - 2002 - 2013
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High speed packet Access (HSPA)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
        • Table LTE population coverage by operator - 2012 - 2013
      • Mobile broadband
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • HIGHER FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2012 - 2013; 2015; 2020
    • LOWER FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER GROWTH
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2012 - 2013; 2015; 2020
  • RELATED REPORTS

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