Croatia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Croatia’s mobile market has one of the highest penetration rates in the Balkans region. Three network operators dominate the market, though there is also room for a small number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators. Operators have focused on improving ARPU by encouraging prepaid subscribers to migrate to postpaid plans, and on developing revenue from customer use of mobile data services. To this end considerable investment is ongoing in upgraded network infrastructure, despite the poor economic climate which has held back customer spend. In a bid to reduce State debt, the government tripled the annual fee paid by licensees for spectrum, which has led to increased pricing.

This report offers a concise overview of Croatia’s mobile market, including a variety of financial and performance statistics on service providers. It reviews network developments and deployed technologies, and examines a range of mobile services including m-commerce.

Key developments:

Regulator sets new fixed and mobile termination rates to 2019; VIPnet to be rebranded as A1; T-HT trials LTE-Advanced Pro technology to deliver data at up to 500Mb/s; LTE services now widespread as smartphone use increases; government abolishes 6% tax on mobile services revenue; regulator allocates remaining 800MHz spectrum; T-HT authorized to manage e-money services; report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), VIPnet, Tele2 Croatia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 SMS/ MMS
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Regulatory issues
      • 3.4.1 Third GSM licence and 3G licences
      • 3.4.2 Fourth GSM licence
      • 3.4.3 Spectrum auctions
      • 3.4.4 Spectrum fees
      • 3.4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 3.4.6 Network Termination Rates (MTRs)
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 Digital networks
      • 4.1.1 Third generation (3G) mobile
      • 4.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 5. Major mobile operators
    • 5.1 T-HT
    • 5.2 VIPnet
    • 5.3 Tele2 Croatia
    • 5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 6. Mobile content and applications
    • 6.1 M-commerce
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile network traffic – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile market revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Total prepaid users – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 7 – T-HT mobile prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 8 – VIPnet prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Mobile data traffic – 2014 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Mobile internet subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Mobile broadband penetration (of active users) – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 14 – VIPnet mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Accumulated mobile ported numbers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Annual mobile number portings – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 17 – T-HT mobile revenue (€) – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 18 – T-HT Group mobile revenue (HRK) – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 19 – T-HT mobile ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 20 – T-HT mobile customers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 21 – VIPnet prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 22 – VIPnet Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 23 – VIPnet subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Tele2 financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Tele2 revenue by type – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile market share of subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – T-HT mobile prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Chart 4 – VIPnet prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 6 – VIPnet prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Tele2 financial data – 2007 - 2017

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