Estonia has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe. Broadband is available via a range of fixed-line and wireless technologies, with ADSL2+, FttP, cable, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and HSPA/LTE options widely available. The incumbent telco Telia is the dominant provider of DSL-based services, with cable broadband the main competing platform. Telia planned to end DSL-based services by the end of 2020, and will migrate customers to its VDSL, G.fast and fibre networks. Elisa’s acquisition of the principal cableco Starman in March 2017 will enable the operator to offer a more comprehensive suite of bundled services, and so compete more effectively with Telia.
High broadband penetration has underpinned Estonia’s emerging internet economy, with various e-commerce, e-government, e-education and e-health services available and widely used. The cable TV market is well developed and hence cable TV operators have been well-positioned to offer bundled play services.
This report provides statistics and an overview of broadband market developments and trends in Estonia, as well as forecasts to 2022. It also includes major market developments in the country’s converging media and digital economy.
Government commits €20 million to rural broadband program; Telia Estonia planning to close DSL-based services by end-2020; Estonian start-up developing Li-Wi technology; Elisa acquires Starman’s Estonian business; Estonia develops e-residency cards; analogue cable services end; EstWin NGN opens in several counties; report update includes operator data to Q3 2017, Statistics Estonia data to December 2015, the regulator’s market data updates and 2015 annual report, recent market developments.
Telia (Elion), Starman, STV, Viasat, Levira, Baltic Broadband.
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Last updated 14 Nov 2017
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