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Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Slovakian telcos to extend fixed broadband nationally by 2020

Despite market liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent telco Slovak Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. 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 in recent years, with effective competition between the DSL, cable and fibre platforms. DSL remains the dominant technology while the cable sector is particularly strong in urban areas. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure has been supported by sympathetic regulatory measures. There are also wireless broadband options from the mobile network operators, as also LTE-based fixed-wireless services from Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom aimed at providing broadband to areas lacking DSL.

The mobile market is served by four mobile network operators, three of which have a pan-European reach. Mobile penetration is relatively high, at about 132% by mid-2018. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 intensified competition between players. However, the MVNO sector remains 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 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 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 covers the mobile market voice and data markets, providing statistics and profiles of the mobile network operators as well as an assessment of regulatory issues and developments in LTE, 5G and mobile data services. In addition the report reviews the fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, including subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Regulator concludes 3.6-3.8GHz auction;
Slovanet secures spectrum in the 10GHz band for wireless broadband;
Competition authority approves SWAN merger with BENESTRA;
Orange Slovakia to increase FttP footprint to over one million premises;
Government and telcos reach accord to extend broadband to all unserved settlements nationally;
Slovak Telekom launches a 300Mb/s fibre service;
Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom offering LTE service as substitute for fixed-line broadband;
Telecom sector revenue growth returns in 2017;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Slovak Telecom, Orange Slovakia, UPC Slovakia, T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovakia Telekom), Orange Slovakia, O2 Slovakia.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Slovakia – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Investment in telecom market, by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2003
    • ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2011
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed-number portings – 2007 - 2018
    • CARRIER SELECTION AND CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier selection and CPS lines – 2007 - 2018
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line calls and traffic – 2006 - 2018
    • SLOVAK TELECOM
      • Table Slovak Telekom financial data – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Slovak Telekom subscribers – 2009 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
      • Table VoIP lines – 2007 - 2018
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
    • CLOUD SERVICES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Legislation
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2018
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2019
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2019
        • Table Internet market revenue – 2005 - 2017
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table UPC Slovakia broadband and voice subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table UPC Slovakia – homes passed – 2003 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Slovak Telekom retail DSL subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP/B subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Orange Slovakia broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • 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 - 2019
        • Table Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service (historic) – 2005 - 2012
        • Table Population coverage by technology – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Geographical coverage by technology – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2018
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users – 2004 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users – 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile network traffic – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue – 2005 - 2017
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2017
        • Table MMS messages sent – 2005 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile internet subscriptions by type – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2019
      • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • UMTS licences and third GSM licence
      • Fourth mobile network operator licence
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile portings – 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 800MHz, 2600GHz
      • 1800MHz
      • 3.5GHz
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M connections – 2014 - 2018
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia subscribers – 2006 - 2018
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia mobile financial data – 2004 - 2018
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia quarterly mobile service revenue – 2014 - 2018
        • Table T-Mobile Slovakia mobile ARPU – 2004 - 2018
      • Orange Slovakia
        • Table Orange subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Orange mobile revenue – 2003 - 2018
        • Table Orange revenue by quarter – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange blended ARPU – 2012 - 2017
      • O2 Slovakia
        • Table O2 Slovakia subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table O2 Slovakia revenue, EBITDA, capex – 2016 - 2018
      • SWAN Mobile
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS

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