2014 Croatia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 17 Feb 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 49

Publication Overview

The report provides a concise overview of Croatia’s fixed-line market, covering regulatory developments, fixed-line infrastructure, financial and performance data on key operators, and data on the wholesale and IT markets. It also draws upon a variety of statistics and sources relating to the dynamic digital media and broadband markets. In addition, it covers Croatia’s mobile market, including a variety of financial and performance statistics on service providers, networks and mobile services including developments in LTE.

Key developments:

VIPNet extends 42Mb/s HSPA+ services; two operators launch LTE; Croatian government abolishes 6% tax on mobile services revenue; regulator allocates remaining 800MHz spectrum; T-HT authorized to manage e-money services; GDP shows continuing decline; state transfers remaining shares in T-HT to Pensioners’ Fund; VIPnet acquires three regional cablecos; Optima Telekom seeks company restructure; Novi-Net granted national WiMAX licence; VelaTel Global Communications expands wireless broadband capacity; DVB-T2 to be employed in two MUXES; regulator awards more funding to promote rural broadband; GTS Central Europe extends fibre network through Croatia, and is sold to Deutsche Telekom; Amis Telekom builds fibre network in Zagreb, put up for sale by owners; H1 Telekom launches IPTV service; regulator’s market data to September 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- February 2014 (13th Edition)

Executive Summary

Market consolidation as VIPNet absorbs regional cablecos 

The Croatian telecoms market has been influenced by the country having joined the European Union in July 2013. This necessitated a range of measures aimed at market liberalisation and the creation of a regulatory environment conducive to competition. Alternative operators have entered the market and launched competing services in the fixed-line market. Both alternative operators and the incumbent are investing in network infrastructure to support bandwidth-intensive services such as broadband access and triple play.

Broadband penetration in Croatia is the highest in the Balkans region, with access platforms including ADSL2+, cable, FttX and WiMAX. ISPs have focused on increasing broadband uptake, with hopes of generating additional revenue through sales of IP-delivered services and bundled offers. The Digital Terrestrial TV market has matured, with analogue switch off having taken place.

The mobile market is one of the most highly penetrated in the Balkans region. Three Mobile Network Operators and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators have launched services, though the market is dominated by only two network operators. With declining revenue from the competitive mobile voice market, these players have focused on improving ARPU by encouraging prepaid subscribers to migrate to postpaid plans and developing mobile broadband offerings.

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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