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

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

Slovakian telcos invest to widen FttP footprint through to 2018

Despite market liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent telco Slovak Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. Following numerous delays, the government in May 2015 acted on its plans to sell its 49% stake in Slovak Telekom. It cancelled a planned IPO, instead electing to sell its share to Deutsche Telekom.

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 123% by the end of 2016. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 intensified competition between players. Although the number of MVNOs is small the market is growing steadily. Mobile broadband access and content services are developing rapidly in line with operators upgrading their networks with HSPA+ and LTE technologies. Recent trials have delivered data at up to 900Mb/s, while LTE population coverage approaches 85%.

The broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with access competition predominately based on infrastructure. The DSL platform remains the dominant access method, while the cable sector is also strong in urban areas. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure and wireless broadband options, particularly from the mobile network operators, add to the mix. Broadband is sold as a platform through which telecom operators provide additional services, such as videostreaming.

This report outlines Slovakia’s fixed-line telecoms market, providing an overview of the regulatory environment, profiles of the major operators, and a range of operational and financial statistics. The report also assesses the broadband and digital media markets, providing an overview of major players, statistics and market analyses, as well as fixed broadband forecasts to 2021. In addition the report covers the mobile market, providing a variety of statistics and reviewing covers regulatory issues and market developments.

Key developments:

Government sells 49% stake in Slovak Telekom to Deutsche Telekom;

GTS Nextra rebranded as BENESTRA;

Slovakia connects to fibre DREAM cable;

Slovak Telekom contracts Ericsson to manage its fixed line network;

Slovak Telekom reaches 900Mb/s data speeds in LTE-A trials;

Orange Slovakia providing 80% population coverage with LTE;

Mobile revenue continues to fall in wake of regulatory measures and pricing pressure;

O2 Slovakia upgrades its entire 3G network to HSPA+;

Slovak Post buys 10% stake in SWAN Mobile;

Orange Slovakia launches NFC-based contactless m-payment service;

Regulator auctions additional 3.5GHz spectrum;

Orange Slovakia to increase FttP footprint to over one million premises by end-2018;

UPC aiming to integration units in the Czech republic and Slovakia;

UPC Slovakia’s Fibre Power service extended to more cities;

Slovak Telekom launches a 300Mb/s fibre service;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2016, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Slovak Telecom, O2 Slovakia, BENESTRA (GTS Nextra), T-Mobile Slovakia, Orange Slovakia, UPC.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Slovakia - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet subscriber statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Investment in telecom market, by sector - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Telecom market revenue - 2005 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2003
    • ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2011
    • EU REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed-number portings - 2007 - 2016
    • CARRIER SELECTION AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier selection and CPS lines - 2007 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line calls and traffic - 2006 - 2016
    • SLOVAK TELECOM
      • Table Slovak Telekom financial data - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Slovak Telekom subscribers - 2009 - 2016
    • BENESTRA
    • SLOVAK WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORK (SWAN)
  • 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
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2015
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • WHOLESALE
    • CLOUD SERVICES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Legislation
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Internet market revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table UPC broadband and voice subscribers - 2006 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Slovak Telekom retail DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP/B subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Orange Slovensko FttX subscribers - 2009 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • DIGITAL TV (DTV)
      • Videostreaming
        • Table Magio IPTV subscribers (historic) - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Magio TV subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table UPC - homes passed - 2003 - 2016
        • Table UPC TV subscribers by service type - 2003 - 2016
        • Table CATV market revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Satellite-based pay TV developments
        • Table Skylink DTH subscribers (Slovakia) - 2006 - 2011
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table VoIP lines - 2000 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Population coverage by technology - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile network calls and traffic - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2003 - 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile internet subscriptions by type - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
        • Table 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia
      • UMTS licences and third GSM licence
      • Fourth mobile network operator licence
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile portings - 2006 - 2016
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 800MHz, 2600GHz
        • Table Multi spectrum allocation - Dec 2013
      • 3.5GHz
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • M2M networks
        • Table M2M connections - 2014 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
        • Table T-Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile mobile financial data - 2004 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile mobile ARPU - 2004 - 2016
      • Orange Slovakia
        • Table Orange subscribers - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Orange mobile revenue - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Orange blended ARPU - 2012 - 2016
      • Telefónica O2
        • Table Historic - Telefónica O2 subscribers - 2007 - 2014
      • SWAN Mobile
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV

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