Last updated: 21 Nov 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 263
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This report covers Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia (FYROM), Romania, Serbia (including Kosovo) and Montenegro. Trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media including broadband, triple play, IPTV as well as 3G developments. Subjects include:
BuddeComm’s Annual Publication ‘2007 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Balkans and South East Europe’ profiles the promising markets of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia (including Kosovo) and the three largest countries in the region: Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.
Economic development is transforming telecoms markets within this region as international investment drives infrastructure deployments and service rollouts. Numerous fixed-line networks in the region are undergoing modernisation at a fortunate time, with NGNs and advanced wireless broadband technologies such as WiMAX widely available. Low broadband penetration levels are rising at extraordinary rates, mirroring growth rates recorded in Central Eastern Europe during that region’s initial broadband growth period in 2004/05. Future fixed-line broadband growth may be constrained by the falling number of fixed lines in service, given that numerous countries in the region had low fixed-line penetration levels to begin with. Mobile penetration growth is levelling off in some countries, indicative of mature markets. Service providers in such markets are focused on increasing ARPU levels through promoting 3G/HSDPA mobile broadband services and higher-spending postpaid plans to prepaid users.
Both Bulgaria and Romania opened their markets as a result of EU ascension in 2007 and transposed the EU’s communications regulatory framework into national law. Romania has achieved the most success immediately following liberalisation, with incumbent RomTelecom and a number of now well-established competitors modernising and upgrading infrastructure to expand availability of existing services and prepare for the introduction of new ones. The country’s nascent broadband sector will provide considerable opportunities in coming years, partly through the size of the market and the reach of both existing and new alternative infrastructure such as cable and FttH. Bulgaria is also witnessing new infrastructure rollouts, with FttH and WiMAX alternative operators launching services. A sizeable cable TV sector also exists, from which a new regional player is emerging after M&A activity in the sector. Greece’s growing wholesale market, evident from rapidly rising number of unbundled and shared local loops, is paving the way for competing ADSL2+ services.
This report presents an overview of the telecom markets in what is arguably some of Eastern Europe’s most promising markets, including an assessment of sector liberalisation and privatisation, together with the key regulatory measures which affect competition and investment. Emerging players in liberalised markets are introduced and new infrastructure deployments covered. The important broadband market is assessed, together with forecasts broadband growth to 2017 on selected countries, based on factors such as network investment, the regulatory environment and consumer demand. The report provides essential statistics covering the broadband, mobile and digital TV sectors, highlighting technological developments and the emergence of media convergence and triple play offerings.
Balkans and South East Europe - mobile subscribers and penetration - March 2007
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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