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Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Moldova amends Communications Act to improve competition

The Moldovan telecom market saw several years of solid growth, particularly in the fixed-line and mobile broadband sectors. However, a combination of high unemployment and economic difficulties have led to constraints on consumer spend, resulting in telecom revenue having fallen 2.9% in 2016. This decline has continued into 2017, with a 2.4% fall in revenue in the second quarter of the year. 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.

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. In July 2017 the Electronic Communications Act was amended in line with the 2009 European regulatory framework.

Moldova's internet market is developing rapidly, and though the penetration rate is well below the average for many European countries there are many opportunities for further development. The market is highly competitive, with about 80 ISPs active, though Moldtelecom and Starnet between them account for most connections. The number of cable broadband subscribers is increasing steadily, though fibre is now by far the strongest sector.

The mobile market has also grown rapidly, and the sector accounts for the majority of total telecoms revenue. A triopoly of operators is dominated by Orange Moldova, while the launch of LTE services has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband. The near comprehensive geographical reach of their mobile networks, market brand recognition and existing customer relationships will make for steady subscriber growth into 2018.

Key developments:

Government amends 2007 Electronic Communications Act;
Orange Group acquires the cableco Sun Communications;
Orange secures additional licences in the in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands;
Moldcell expands the reach of LTE services;
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 Q1 2018, regulator's market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Moldova – 2017
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Telecom investment by service type – 2008 - 2016
      • Table Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
    • Table Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2008 - 2017
    • Table Fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
    • Table Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2014 - 2017
    • Table Fixed line ARPU – 2009 - 2017
    • 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 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • 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 - 2018
      • Table Broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Broadband revenue by operator – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 - 2017
      • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2008 - 2017
      • Table Broadband ARPU – 2008 - 2017
    • FORECASTS – BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2017
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table On-net mobile traffic – 2014 - 2017
      • Table Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Historic - 2G population coverage by operator – 2009 - 2014
        • Table Overview of mobile technologies by operator – 2017
        • Table LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 - 2016
        • Table 3G population coverage by operator – 2011 - 2016
    • MOBILE VOICE
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic – 2012 - 2017
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2002 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband revenue – 2014 – 2017
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers – 2014 – 2017
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2017
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband penetration – 2012 – 2017
      • Table Mobile broadband penetration – 2014 – 2017
      • Table Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 - 2017
      • Table Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • CDMA licence
      • UMTS licences
      • 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 4G licences
      • 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • M2M
      • Table M2M revenue – 2015 - 2017
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange Moldova
        • Table Orange Moldova subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU – 2009 – 2013
        • Table Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
        • Table Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Orange Moldova mobile revenue by quarter – 2015 - 2018
      • Moldcell
        • Table Moldcell subscribers – 2007 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) – 2009 - 2015
        • Table Moldcell revenue (MDL) – 2010 - 2017
      • Eventis
      • Moldtelecom
        • Table Moldtelecom subscribers – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Moldtelecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
      • IDC
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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