2008 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Central Europe

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Last updated: 20 Aug 2008 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 193

Analyst: Stephen McNamara

Publication Overview

This annual publication profiles the CEE countries of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. It includes trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, Internet economy, broadband, digital TV and converging media including broadband, triple play and IPTV. Subjects covered include:

·         Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;

·         Facts, figures, statistics and broadband forecasts to 2018;

·         Industry issues and regulatory developments;

·         Research, marketing and benchmarking

·         Major Players, revenues, subscribers and network deployments

·         VoIP, ADSL, ADSL2+, FttH/FttB, WiFi, WiMAX, IPTV, VoD, triple play, digital TV, DTTV, 3G, and HSDPA.


Researcher:- Paul Kwon

Current publication:- August 2008 (7th Edition)

Next publication:- August 2009

Executive Summary

BuddeComm’s publication 2008 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Central Europe profiles the five countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. While all are EU countries, the market in each one varies significantly, both in size and wealth: Slovenia’s GDP per capita is more than double that of Poland’s although Poland’s population is 19 times that of Slovenia.


Impacting on the telecoms market is EU-mandated competition, decreasing prices and leading to the introduction of new services by competing operators and incumbents alike. This report offers an informative insight into the Central Eastern Europe region, covering regulatory developments, major players in the fixed-line, broadband, convergence and mobile markets, the development of new product offerings for the aforementioned markets, as well as presenting a wide range of industry related statistics in addition to broadband penetration forecasts to the year 2018.


Key highlights:

·         Benefits of regulatory measures are becoming evident – the cost of unbundled local loops and shared access loops fell during 2007 in Slovakia and Slovenia while Hungary and Slovenia offer ULLs at prices below the average of the 27 EU member nations. The cost of regulatory mandated network access is expected to continue trending downwards in 2008.

·         FttH/FttB availability is expanding in all five countries, with deployments by all manner of different players in the telecoms market – municipal governments, mobile network operators, fixed-line alternative operators as well as incumbents, a trend that is expected to continue moving into 2009.

·         Emerging on the back of growing broadband penetration is the Internet economy, with data showing rises in the proportion of businesses or individuals accessing e-government services as well as businesses and individuals purchasing online. EU funding has improved accessibility to e-government services and broadband Internet in underserved areas, with additional funding until at least 2013.

·         IPTV take up is on the rise in all five countries, as incumbents and telecom operators acquire additional content and improve service offerings. Telecom operators will continue to market IPTV services in 2008 on the back of rising DSL subscriber levels. In response cable operators will continue to poach fixed-line voice subscribers from the incumbent telcos.

·         Commercial DVB-T services are well into deployment, with multiplexes launched or about to be launched in all five countries. DVB-H developments/trials are underway in Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

·         Aggressively priced mobile broadband access with prepaid data bundles are available in all these countries, offered over now widely-available EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA networks and posing significant challenges for existing wireless broadband (ie, WiMAX) operators. With mobile voice markets at saturation, mobile operators are expected to heavily push into mobile broadband in 2008 to maintain overall revenue growth.


Central Eastern Europe mobile subscribers and penetration by country – March 2008


Subscribers (million)


Czech Republic















(Source: BuddeComm based on ITU and Global Mobile data)



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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