Croatia Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Publication Date: April 2024

Report Pages: 202

Croatia’s MNOs providing universal population coverage with 5G

Although Croatia’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent telco Hrvatski Telekom and the local units of United Group and Telekom Austria, there is effective competition from a number of smaller operators. The regulator has helped promote competition via measures encouraging network access, as well as regional licencing. This has been seen most recently with two 5G licences having been reserved for regional rather than national operations.

The mobile market is served by three MNOs, supplemented by a number of MVNOs. The network operators have focused on improving ARPU by encouraging prepaid subscribers to migrate to postpaid plans, and on developing revenue from mobile data services. 5G services are widely available, though the sector will only show its full potential later in 2021 following the award of licences in several bands. Hitherto reserved for GSM, 3G and LTE use, this spectrum will contribute towards the government’s national broadband plan through to 2027, which is tied to the EC’s two allied projects aimed at providing gigabit connectivity by the end of 2025.

The broadband sector benefits from effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, while there are also numerous fibre deployments in urban areas. The number of FttP subscribers broached 134,000 in March 2021.

This report provides an overview of Croatia’s fixed-line market, covering regulatory developments, infrastructure, and the financial and operating performance of the main operators. The report also covers the mobile voice and data markets, including statistics on service providers, and an assessment of network developments and deployed technologies. In addition, the report reviews the fixed and fixed wireless broadband segment, including statistics and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • United Group increases its stake in Optima Telekom to 95.07%. Regulator begins delayed multi-spectrum 5G auction;
  • RUNE project secures additional €130 million to cover more premises with fibre;
  • Croatia is referred to the European Court of Justice for not transposing the EECC into national law;
  • A1 Croatia and Hrvatski Telekom deploy NB-IoT network;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2022, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2022, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Hrvatski Telekom (HT), Optima Telekom, Metronet, A1 Croatia (VIPnet), Tele2 Group, United Group, Telemach Croatia

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