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Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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 regulator's market data to March 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnection
5.6 Access
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Moldtelecom
6.2 InterDnestrCom (IDC)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.4.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.4.4 Other fixed broadband services
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.3 Mobile infrastructure
9.3.1 Digital networks
9.4 Mobile voice
9.5 Mobile data
9.5.1 SMS and MMS
9.6 Mobile broadband
9.7 Regulatory issues
9.7.1 GSM licences
9.7.2 CDMA licence
9.7.3 UMTS licences
9.7.4 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
9.7.5 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
9.7.6 4G licences
9.7.7 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
9.7.8 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.8 M2M
9.9 Major mobile operators
9.9.1 Orange Moldova
9.9.2 Moldcell
9.9.3 Eventis
9.9.4 Moldtelecom
9.9.5 IDC
9.10 Mobile content and applications
10. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Moldova 2017
Table 2 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 - 2017
Table 3 Market share of telecom revenue by service type 2013 - 2017
Table 4 Telecom investment by service type 2008 - 2016
Table 5 Telecom subscribers by service type 2007 - 2017
Table 6 Fixed network revenue by operator 2009 - 2017
Table 7 Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets 2008 - 2017
Table 8 Fixed line subscribers by operator 2009 - 2017
Table 9 Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets 2014 - 2017
Table 10 Fixed line ARPU 2009 - 2017
Table 11 Moldtelecom revenue 2011 - 2015
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2009
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 14 International internet bandwidth 2000 - 2016
Table 15 Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2009
Table 16 Internet users, subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 17 Broadband and data market revenue 2009 - 2018
Table 18 Broadband revenue by operator 2011 - 2018
Table 19 Market share of broadband revenue by operator 2009 - 2018
Table 20 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2019
Table 21 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 22 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 - 2017
Table 23 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 - 2018
Table 24 Broadband penetration by technology 2008 - 2018
Table 25 Broadband ARPU 2008 - 2018
Table 26 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 27 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 28 DSL subscribers by operator 2009 - 2018
Table 29 FttX subscribers by operator 2010 - 2018
Table 30 On-net mobile traffic 2014 - 2017
Table 31 Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator 2010 - 2017
Table 32 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 33 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 34 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 - 2017
Table 35 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 - 2017
Table 36 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 - 2017
Table 37 Mobile market share of revenue by operator 2014 - 2017
Table 38 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 39 Historic - 2G population coverage by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 40 Overview of mobile technologies by operator 2017
Table 41 LTE population coverage by operator 2012 - 2016
Table 42 3G population coverage by operator 2011 - 2016
Table 43 Mobile data traffic 2012 - 2017
Table 44 Total SMS and MMS messages sent 2002 - 2017
Table 45 Mobile broadband revenue 2014 2017
Table 46 Mobile internet subscribers 2014 2017
Table 47 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2009 2017
Table 48 Dedicated mobile broadband penetration 2012 2017
Table 49 Mobile broadband penetration 2014 2017
Table 50 Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator 2009 - 2017
Table 51 Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator 2012 - 2017
Table 52 Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator 2014 - 2017
Table 53 Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator 2014 - 2017
Table 54 Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator 2009 - 2017
Table 55 M2M revenue 2015 - 2017
Table 56 Orange Moldova subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 57 Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU 2009 2013
Table 58 Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU 2012 2017
Table 59 Orange Moldova mobile revenue 2009 - 2018
Table 60 Orange Moldova mobile revenue by quarter 2015 - 2018
Table 61 Moldcell subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 62 Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) 2009 - 2015
Table 63 Moldcell revenue (MDL) 2010 - 2017
Table 64 Moldtelecom subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 65 Moldtelecom mobile revenue 2009 - 2017
Chart 1 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 2017
Chart 2 Telecom investment by service type 2008 2016
Chart 3 Telecom subscribers by service type 2007 2017
Chart 4 Fixed network revenue by operator 2009 2017
Chart 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Chart 6 Market share of broadband revenue by operator 2009 - 2018
Chart 7 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 2019
Chart 8 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 2018
Chart 9 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 2017
Chart 10 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 2018
Chart 11 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 2018
Chart 12 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 2017
Chart 13 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 2017
Chart 14 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 2017

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