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

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

Montenegro's spectrum auctions supporting LTE growth

Montenegro continues to make steady progress in its ambition to join the European Union and NATO, and so further integrate itself with its main trading partners. As part of the EU accession process the country has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border co-operation under the EU funding mechanism Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. The telecom sector has also been aligned with EU norms, which has opened up the market to competition and guided the development of elements such as access and tariff structures.

Fixed broadband services are available via a variety of technology platforms including DSL, cable, leased line, fibre and wireless. The fibre sector has shown particularly strong growth since 2010 as the incumbent has invested in infrastructure upgrades, albeit mainly to serve apartment blocks in the main towns. DSL is also strong given the legacy reach of the incumbent's copper network, coupled with its existing market presence and range of service offerings that include broadband TV.

Mobile penetration is particularly high, though this is partly due to the significant number of tourists visiting the country seasonally, as also to the popularity of subscribers having multiple prepaid cards Networks based on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE technologies have been launched, while investment in LTE technologies have made mobile broadband a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband in many rural areas. Recent multi-band spectrum auctions have stipulated that mobile broadband should be made available to 95% of the population by mid-2018. Network upgrades have formed the basis for new and expanding mobile broadband services.

Key developments:

Magyar Telekom transfers 76.53% stake in Crnogorski Telekom to T-Hrvatski Telekom; T-Mobile Montenegro and Ericsson trial carrier aggregation LTE-A technology reaching over 435Mb/s; three MNOs secure spectrum in multi-band auction; Crnogorski Telekom launches VDSL services to complement fibre roll-out; DTTV expands with additional licences to commercial FTA channels; report update includes the regulator's market data to January 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Montenegro's telecoms sector 2017 (Jan)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 19%
Fixed broadband | 21.2%
Mobile SIM (population) | 163.6%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Crnogorski Telekom(T-Com, T-Mobile), M:tel, Telenor Montenegro.


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 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Carrier Selection/Carrier PreSelection
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Crnogorski Telekom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
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 Notes on scenario forecasts
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.5.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.5.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5.4 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital media
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Key digital media players
9.3 Videostreaming
9.4 Cable TV
9.5 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
9.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile data
10.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.4 Mobile broadband
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.5.1 3G mobile licences
10.5.2 Fourth mobile licence
10.5.3 Spectrum auction 2016
10.5.4 Spectrum auction 2017
10.5.5 Roaming
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.6.1 Digital networks
10.6.2 Other infrastructure developments
10.7 Major mobile operators
10.7.1 Telenor
10.7.2 T-Mobile Montenegro
10.7.3 M:tel
10.8 Mobile content and applications
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Montenegro 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (Jan)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (Jan)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (Jan)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Penetration of devices by household 2012 - 2015
Table 8 Penetration of computers and internet in SMEs 2013 - 2016
Table 9 Internet speeds for SMEs 2016
Table 10 Business e-commerce use 2014 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed-lines by operator 2010 - 2017
Table 12 Share of fixed-lines by operator 2011 - 2017
Table 13 Crnogorski Telekom fixed-line voice customers 2005 - 2016
Table 14 Crnogorski Telekom financial data 2006 - 2016
Table 15 Crnogorski Telekom revenue by sector 2009 - 2016
Table 16 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2004 - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2009
Table 18 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 19 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 20 Broadband market share by platform 2010 - 2017
Table 21 Market share of broadband connections by speed 2015 - 2017
Table 22 Dial-up internet subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 23 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 24 Cable broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 25 DSL subscribers (regulator data) 2005 - 2017
Table 26 T-Com Montenegro DSL and leased line subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 27 FttX subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 28 Installed FttX connections 2011 2017
Table 29 Proportion of FttX subscribers by type 2011 - 2017
Table 30 WiMAX subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 31 Wi-Fi subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 32 Digital TV subscribers by platform 2008 - 2017
Table 33 Digital TV market share by platform 2010 - 2017
Table 34 Crnogorski Telekom IPTV subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 35 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2004 - 2018
Table 36 Mobile market share by subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 37 Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 38 Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 39 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2017
Table 40 Crnogorski Telekom mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 41 European roaming charges 2007 - 2016
Table 42 European data roaming charges 2012 - 2016
Table 43 Telenor subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 44 Telenor financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 45 Telenor ARPU 2004 - 2016
Table 46 Telenor monthly traffic 2004 - 2016
Table 47 T-Mobile Montenegro mobile subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 48 T-Mobile Montenegro mobile MOU and ARPU 2005 - 2016
Table 49 T-Mobile Montenegro mobile revenue 2005 - 2016
Table 50 M:tel mobile subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 51 M:tel mobile subscribers by type (company data) 2008 - 2014
Table 52 M:tel financial data (historic) 2008 - 2011
Chart 1 Crnogorski Telekom financial data 2006 2016
Chart 2 Crnogorski Telekom revenue by sector 2009 2016
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2004 2018
Chart 4 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Chart 6 Broadband market share by platform 2010 2017
Chart 7 Digital TV subscribers by platform 2008 2017
Chart 8 Digital TV market share by platform 2010 2017
Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2004 2018
Chart 10 Mobile market share by subscribers 2004 2017
Chart 11 Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2004 2017
Chart 12 Telenor financial data 2005 2017
Chart 13 Telenor ARPU 2004 2017
Exhibit 1 Cable TV licences awarded by concession area and licence type 2007

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