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Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • Publication Date:September 2010
  • Publisher:BuddeComm
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:29
Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

The Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.

Executive summary

Defined as a lower middle-income country by the World Bank, Macedonia possesses a services dominated economy, which represents approximately 60% of GDP. Economic growth is expected to reach 2% during 2010 and medium-term prospects have been rated as good by the International Monetary Fund due to continued macroeconomic stability and ongoing structural reforms.

Much of the structural reforms have been due to its bid to join the European Union, which is progressing as noted by its status as an official EU candidate. As part of the EU pre-accession process, Macedonia has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border cooperation under EU funding mechanism Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. Under the scheme, Macedonia is expected to receive €92.3 million during 2010, €98.7 million during 2011 and €105.8 million during 2012.

As part of economic reforms the communications market has been liberalised and the incumbent privatised. Following implementation of the EU's regulatory framework for communications the regulator has completed a series of market competitiveness analyses and issued a number of recommendations designed to promote effective competition.

Broadband represents the majority of Internet connections. Competition is predominantly infrastructure-based although regulatory improvements are creating a viable wholesale market, evident from the growing number of unbundled loops and wholesale line rentals. The improving of Internet speeds has paved the way for new Internet-based services such as broadband TV and fostered Internet society development.

Macedonia's mobile market is served by three mobile network operators. SIM card penetration levels are indicative of market saturation. Future medium-term growth is dependent on the uptake of mobile broadband services, made possible following recent deployment of WCDMA/HSDPA networks.

Market highlights:

Competitors are making inroads into the fixed telephony market, with alternative operators representing almost 20% of total fixed lines. Market prospects for competitors have improved due to recent regulatory developments.

Broadband uptake growth is expected to maintain momentum throughout 2010. The wholesale broadband market is improving following development of a LRIC pricing model and imposition of obligations on the incumbent in regards to local loop unbundling and wholesale broadband access.

Digital TV is widely available via satellite, digital terrestrial TV and broadband TV. Uptake data is promising, digital terrestrial TV subscribers reached 10,000 in the first four months of operation while the subscriber base of the incumbent's IPTV increased by 50% in the first six months of 2010.

Competition is intensifying in the mobile market as the newest mobile network operator gains market share. The uptake of mobile number portability improved following a reduction in fees. After increasing 30-fold during the previous year, continued strong growth in mobile broadband penetration is expected due to increased affordability.Macedonia broadband and telecoms statistics - 2007 - 2010

Sector2007200820092010 (e)

Broadband (thousand)

Fixed broadband subscribers101179220250

Fixed broadband penetration rate5%9%11%12%

Subscribers to telecoms services (thousand)

Fixed-line telephone subscribers464457437425

Mobile phone subscribers1,9472,3582,1081,990

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

This report covers trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV. Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;

Facts, figures and statistics;

Industry and regulatory issues;

Infrastructure;

Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MOU;

Mobile voice and data markets;

Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);

Digital media.

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Overview of Macedonia's telecom market
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 History
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
    • 4.2.1 Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC)
    • 4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Macedonia
    • 4.3.1 Privatisation
    • 4.3.2 Interconnect
    • 4.3.3 Access
    • 4.3.4 Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 4.3.5 Number portability (NP
  • 5. Fixed network operators in Macedonia
    • 5.1 Overview of operators
    • 5.2 Makedonski Telekom (Maktel)
    • 5.3 ONE
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
  • 7. Internet market
    • 7.1 Overview
    • 7.2 Internet statistics
    • 7.3 Macedonia's emerging Internet society
  • 8. Fixed broadband market
    • 8.1 Overview
    • 8.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 8.2 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
    • 8.3 Cable broadband
    • 8.4 Fixed wireless broadband
    • 8.5 wireless broadband
    • 8.5.1 WiFi
    • 8.5.2 WiMAX
  • 9. Digital media
    • 9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
    • 9.2 Digital TV
    • 9.2.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
    • 9.2.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
    • 9.2.3 Cable TV
    • 9.2.4 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Overview of Macedonia's mobile market
    • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 10.2 Regulatory issues
    • 10.2.1 Third GSM licence
    • 10.2.2 3G licence
    • 10.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 10.3 Mobile technologies
    • 10.4 Mobile operators
    • 10.4.1 Overview of operators
    • 10.4.2 T-Mobile
    • 10.4.3 ONE
    • 10.4.4 VIP
    • 10.5 Mobile voice services
    • 10.5.1 Prepaid
    • 10.6 Mobile data services
    • 10.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 10.6.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
    • 10.6.3 BlackBerry
    • 10.6.4 Mobile broadband
    • 10.7 Mobile content and applications
  • 11. Forecasts - fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • 11.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
    • 11.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
    • 11.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 12. Related reports
    • Table 1 - Country statistics Macedonia - 2010
    • Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2010
    • Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table 4 - Internet subscriber statistics - 2010
    • Table 5 - Broadband subscribers - 2010
    • Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table 7 - National telecommunications authority
    • Table 8 - Call termination on Makedonski Telekom's fixed network - October 2009
    • Table 9 - Cost of LLU and shared access lines - January 2010
    • Table 10 - Maktel financial data - January to June 2010
    • Table 11 - ONE revenue breakdown - 2009
    • Table 12 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
    • Table 13 - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 1999 - 2011
    • Table 14 - Makedonski TelekomInternet subscribers by connection type - 2004 - 2010
    • Table 15 - Online purchases by individuals - 2006 - 2010
    • Table 16 - Uptake of e-government services by individuals - 2008 - 2010
    • Table 17 - E-education usage by individuals - 2008 - 2010
    • Table 18 - ONE broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2010
    • Table 19 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2010
    • Table 20 - Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale ADSL subscribers - 2008 - 2010
    • Table 21 - Makedonski Telekom IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2010
    • Table 22 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2011
    • Table 23 - Mobile network operator market share by subscribers - 2007 - 2010
    • Table 24 - Mobile termination rates - October 2009
    • Table 25 - T-Mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2010
    • Table 26 - T-Mobile MOU and ARPU - 2004 - 2010
    • Table 27 - VIP financial data - 2007 - 2010
    • Table 28 - VIP Mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2010
    • Table 29 - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2010
    • Table 30 - T-Mobile prepaid subscribers- 2004 - 2010
    • Table 31 - SMS messages sent - 2005 - 2010
    • Table 32 - Total mobile broadband capable subscribers - 2008 - 2010
    • Table 33 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • Table 34 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • Exhibit 1 - Frequency bands - expressions of interest - 2007
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