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

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

Moldova's telecom sector seeing further growth and consolidation

The Moldovan telecoms market into 2017 is expected to see a continuation of the remarkable growth experienced in recent years. This has been achieved despite high unemployment and economic difficulties which have led to constraints on consumer spend. However, many areas of the economy, as well as the telecom market, remain relatively under-developed and so there is considerable room for growth in coming years. This expectation has encouraged operators to continue to invest in all sectors except fixed-line telephony, where customer interest has waned in favour of services provided by mobile networks.

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 16% (well below the average for many European countries) there remain considerable opportunities for further development. Broadband subscriber growth has been particularly strong since 2009, with the sector dominated by two service providers Moldtelecom and Starnet which accounted for 87% of all connections as of September 2016 despite the presence of about 50 ISPs in the market.

The mobile market has also grown rapidly. The sector 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 has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband. The mobile operators are well positioned to exploit the potential of mobile data services give 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 2017.

Key developments:

Orange Group acquires the cableco Sun Communications;
Multiplex A comes on-stream with Moldova's first DTTV channels;
Regulator issues draft of 18 measures proposed for 2017;
Orange secures additional licences in the in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands;
Moldcell launches commercial LTE services following spectrum auction;
Regulator suspends 3.4GHz auction after no bids offered;
Technology neutral 15-year licences in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands synchronised;
Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016, regulator's market data to September 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Moldova's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 33.1%
Fixed broadband | 15.7%
Mobile SIM (population) | 123.1%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - Moldova - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by service type - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Market share of telecom revenue by service type - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Telecom investment by service type - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Telecom subscribers by service type - 2007 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Fixed network revenue by operator - 2009 - 2016
    • Table Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Fixed line subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2016
    • Table Fixed line subscriber market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets - 2014 – 2016
    • Table Fixed line ARPU - 2009 - 2016
    • MOLDTELECOM
      • Table Moldtelecom revenue - 2011 - 2015
    • INTERDNESTRCOM (IDC)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2015
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet users, subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Broadband and data market revenue - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Broadband revenue by operator - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Market share of broadband revenue by operator - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Broadband ISP market share by subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Broadband subscribers by access type - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Broadband access market share by technology - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Broadband ARPU - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of broadband accesses by data speed - 2012 - 2013
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Notes on scenario forecasts
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2016
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table FttX subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2016
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • Table Broadcasting market revenue - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TV
      • VIDEOSTREAMING
        • Table IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2015
        • 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 - 2016
        • Table Multichannel TV subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2011 - 2015
    • SATELLITE TV
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table On-net mobile traffic - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator - 2010 - 2016
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market revenue by operator - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market ARPU by operator - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Share of mobile revenue by service (historic) - 2007 - 2010
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market share of revenue by operator - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2012 - 2016
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Total SMS and MMS messages sent - 2002 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband revenue - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Mobile broadband penetration - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Share of mobile internet revenue by operator - 2009 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • First and second GSM licences awarded
      • Third GSM licence
      • CDMA licence
      • UMTS licences
      • 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 4G licences
      • Limits on the number of licences
      • 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table 2G population coverage by operator - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Overview of mobile technologies by operator - 2016
        • Table Historic - 3G subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2012
        • Table 3G population coverage by operator - 2011 - 2015
        • Table LTE population coverage by operator - 2012 - 2015
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange/VoxTel
        • Table Orange Moldova subscribers - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Orange Moldova mobile revenue - 2009 - 2016
      • Moldcell
        • Table Moldcell subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Moldcell revenue - 2009 - 2015
      • Eventis
      • Moldtelecom
        • Table Moldtelecom subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Moldtelecom retail mobile revenue - 2007 - 2016
      • IDC
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
  • RELATED REPORTS

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