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Slovakia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakia's mobile market is served by four mobile network operators, three of which have a pan-European reach. Mobile penetration is relatively high, reaching about 130% by late 2017. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 intensified competition between players. However, the MVNO sector is underdeveloped, with the few operators in place having failed to gain traction and thus holding only a marginal share of the overall market. Mobile broadband access and content services are developing rapidly in line with operators having upgraded their networks with HSPA+ and LTE technologies. The regulator since early 2018 has prepared the groundwork for 5G services, encouraging network operators to refarm spectrum to create more continuous blocks, and readying itself for an auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz band.

This report offers insight into Slovakia's mobile market, providing a variety of statistics as well as profiles of the mobile network operators. It also covers regulatory issues and the deployment of LTE and mobile data services.

Key developments:

Regulator opens tender for auction of spectrum in the licenses in the 1800MHz band;
Regulator and telcos reach agreement to extend broadband nationally by 2020;
Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom offering LTE service as substitute for fixed-line broadband;
Mobile revenue continues to fall in wake of regulatory measures and pricing pressure;
O2 Slovakia upgrades its entire 3G network to HSPA+;
SWAN Mobile shifts roaming contract to the Orange Slovakia network;
Orange Slovakia launches NFC-based contactless m-payment service;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovakia Telekom), Orange Slovakia, O2 Slovakia.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS/MMS
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 GSM licences
4.2 UMTS licences and third GSM licence
4.3 Fourth mobile network operator licence
4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
4.6 800MHz, 2600GHz
4.7 1800MHz
4.8 3.5GHz
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G)
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.2 Evolved High Seed Packet Access (HSPA+)
5.3 M2M networks
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
6.2 Orange Slovakia
6.3 Telefónica O2
6.4 SWAN Mobile
6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2019
Table 3 Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service (historic) 2005 - 2012
Table 4 Population coverage by technology 2006 - 2016
Table 5 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2001 - 2017
Table 6 T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users 2004 - 2017
Table 7 Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users 2007 - 2013
Table 8 Mobile network calls and traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 9 Mobile market revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 10 SMS messages sent 2003 - 2017
Table 11 MMS messages sent 2005 - 2017
Table 12 Mobile internet subscriptions by type 2008 - 2017
Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2019
Table 14 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 15 Annual mobile portings 2006 - 2016
Table 16 M2M connections 2014 - 2017
Table 17 T-Mobile Slovakia subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 18 T-Mobile Slovakia mobile financial data 2004 - 2018
Table 19 T-Mobile Slovakia quarterly mobile service revenue 2014 - 2018
Table 20 T-Mobile Slovakia mobile ARPU 2004 - 2018
Table 21 Orange subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 22 Orange mobile revenue 2003 - 2018
Table 23 Orange revenue by quarter 2012 - 2018
Table 24 Orange blended ARPU 2012 - 2017
Table 25 Historic - O2 Slovakia subscribers 2007 - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019
Chart 2 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2001 2017
Chart 3 Mobile internet subscriptions by type 2008 2017
Chart 4 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2019
Exhibit 1 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia

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