2013 Slovakia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 17 Feb 2014 Update History

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Publication Overview

The report outlines Slovakia’s fixed-line telecoms and IT market, providing an overview of the regulatory environment, profiles of the major fixed-line market operators and a variety of useful statistics. It profiles the broadband and digital media markets, providing an overview of major players, statistics and market analyses, as well as forecasts to 2020. It also offers insight into the mature mobile market, including a variety of statistics as well as analyses on mobile network operators, regulatory issues and market developments.

Key developments:

Orange provides 60% population coverage with DC-HSPA+; MNOs trial LTE in the 2.6GHz band; mobile revenue slides in wake of regulatory measures and falling number of contract customers;; MTR reduced 67% from August 2013; regulator concludes multi-band spectrum auction, with one new entrant emerging; Telefónica sells a 65.9% stake in Czech subsidiary to PPF investment group; commercial VDSL service launched; UPC Slovakia’s 120Mb/s Fibre Power service extended to ten cities; municipal FttH developments; WiMAX Telecom bought by Slovanet; regulator calls for tenders for a fourth DTTV multiplex; M77 merges SkyLink and CS Link; Slovakia connects to fibre DREAM cable; Slovak Telecom and T-Mobile Slovensko merge; new Regulatory Office for Electronic Communications and Postal Services created; Slovak Telekom contracts Ericsson to manage its fixed line network; regulator’s market data to June 2013; telcos’ operating data to Q3 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Slovak Telecom, UPC Slovakia, T-Mobile Slovensko, Orange Slovensko, Telefónica O2, GTS Slovakia.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- February 2014 (12th Edition)

Executive Summary

LTE launches signifying MNO emphasis on mobile data offerings

Despite liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. Alternative operators have entered the market although competitive pressures have forced a number of mergers and acquisitions, resulting in a small number of larger alternative operators.

Slovakia’s broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with access competition predominately based on infrastructure. The DSL platform remains the dominant access method, while the cable sector is also strong in urban areas. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure and wireless broadband options, particularly from the mobile network operators, add to the mix. The broadband platform also allows operators to provide additional services, such as broadband TV. Increased internet usage is supporting Slovakia’s internet society, which has received substantial EU funding to develop and improve access to e-government and other online services. Digital terrestrial TV has been launched, with the public service broadcaster STV the first to complete analogue switch-off.

The mobile market is serviced by a triopoly of operators, each having pan-European interests with considerable scale and resources. Relatively high penetration has resulted from multiple SIM card ownership. The introduction of mobile number portability has increased competition between players, with the result that they have focused on improving ARPU by encouraging prepaid users to migrate to postpaid plans. They has also emphasised mobile data access and content services. These are becoming increasingly popular among consumers in the wake of deployments of 3G/HSPA and LTE networks.

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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