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Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakia’s regulator concludes spectrum auction to address remaining ‘white spaces’

Slovakia’s incumbent telco Slovak Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line voice and DSL markets, despite market liberalisation. Market competition has forced a number of mergers and acquisitions in recent years, resulting in a small number of larger operators.

The broadband market has shown steady growth, with access competition predominately based on infrastructure platforms including DSL, cable and fibre. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure has been supported by sympathetic regulatory measures. There are also wireless broadband options from the mobile network operators, while in mid-2017 Orange launched a home-LTE service intended to provide broadband to areas lacking DSL.

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 noted in September 2017 that the highest data download speed in LTE networks was in Bratislava (on Slovak Telekom’s network), reaching 260Mb/s. Recent trials have delivered data at up to 900Mb/s, while LTE population coverage has broached 85%.

This report outlines Slovakia’s 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 addresses the fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, providing an overview of players and technologies as well as broadband subscriber forecasts. In addition the report offers insights into the mobile market, providing a variety of statistics, an assessment of the MNO and MVNO players and the deployment of LTE and mobile data services.

Key developments:

BENESTRA and SWAN to merge;

Slovakia connects to fibre DREAM cable;

Slovak Telekom contracts Ericsson to manage its fixed line network;

Regulator concludes 3.6-3.8GHz auction;

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

Slovak Telecom fined by competition authorities for imposing excessive wholesale access charges;

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

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

Orange Slovakia providing 80% population coverage with LTE, offers LTE service as substitute for fixed-line broadband;

SWAN Mobile shifts roaming contract to the Orange Slovakia network;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2016, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Electronic Communications Act 2003
3.3 Electronic Communications Act 2011
3.4 Regulatory authority
3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.6 Privatisation
3.7 Interconnection
3.8 Access
3.9 Number Portability (NP)
3.10 Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Slovak Telecom
4.2 Slovak Telecom
4.3 BENESTRA
4.4 Slovak Wireless Access Network (SWAN)
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.1.1 Alternative operators
5.2 International infrastructure
5.3 Cloud services
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Legislation
6.1.3 Government support
6.1.4 Broadband statistics
6.1.5 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.3.1 VDSL
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Wireless broadband
7. Digital economy
7.1 E-government
7.2 E-health
7.3 E-education
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General statistics
8.2.2 Mobile voice
8.2.3 Mobile data
8.2.4 Mobile broadband
8.2.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
8.3 Regulatory issues
8.3.1 GSM licences
8.3.2 UMTS licences and third GSM licence
8.3.3 Fourth mobile network operator licence
8.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.3.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
8.3.6 800MHz, 2600GHz
8.3.7 3.5GHz
8.4 Mobile infrastructure
8.4.1 Digital networks
8.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
8.4.3 M2M networks
8.5 Major mobile operators
8.5.1 T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
8.5.2 Orange Slovakia
8.5.3 Telefónica O2
8.5.4 SWAN Mobile
8.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.6 Mobile content and applications
Table 1 Country statistics Slovakia 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet subscriber statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Investment in telecom market, by sector 2005 - 2015
Table 9 Telecom market revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Annual fixed-number portings 2007 - 2016
Table 11 Carrier selection and CPS lines 2007 - 2016
Table 12 Fixed-line calls and traffic 2006 - 2016
Table 13 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 - 2017
Table 14 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 15 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 - 2017
Table 16 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 17 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2009
Table 18 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 19 VoIP lines 2000 - 2016
Table 20 Total international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2016
Table 21 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2017
Table 22 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2018
Table 23 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 24 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2018
Table 25 Internet market revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 26 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 27 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 28 UPC broadband and voice subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 29 UPC homes passed 2003 - 2017
Table 30 DSL subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2017
Table 31 Slovak Telekom retail DSL subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 32 FttP/B subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 33 Orange Slovakia broadband subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 34 Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 35 Satellite broadband subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 36 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 37 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 38 Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service (historic) 2005 - 2012
Table 39 Population coverage by technology 2006 - 2016
Table 40 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 41 T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users 2004 - 2017
Table 42 Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users 2007 - 2013
Table 43 Mobile network calls and traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 44 Mobile market revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 45 SMS messages sent 2003 - 2016
Table 46 MMS messages sent 2005 - 2016
Table 47 Mobile internet subscriptions by type 2008 - 2016
Table 48 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 49 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 50 Annual mobile portings 2006 - 2016
Table 51 M2M connections 2014 - 2016
Table 52 T-Mobile Slovakia subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 53 T-Mobile Slovakia mobile financial data 2004 - 2017
Table 54 T-Mobile Slovakia mobile ARPU 2004 - 2017
Table 55 Orange subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 56 Orange mobile revenue 2003 - 2017
Table 57 Orange blended ARPU 2012 - 2017
Table 58 Historic - O2 Slovakia subscribers 2007 - 2016
Chart 1 Investment in telecom market, by sector 2005 2015
Chart 2 Telecom market revenue 2005 2015
Chart 3 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 2017
Chart 4 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 5 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 2017
Chart 6 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Chart 8 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2018
Chart 9 Broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2004 2018
Chart 10 UPC subscribers 2006 2017
Chart 11 DSL subscribers and penetration 2005 2017
Chart 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 13 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018
Exhibit 1 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview
Exhibit 2 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia

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