Publication Date: December 2023
Report Pages: 178
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
Investment in Estonia’s telecom market has been focussed on fixed-line infrastructure upgrades, and the deployment of 5G services. Fixed broadband subscribers are gradually migrating from DSL to fibre, with the legacy copper being replaced.
The MNOs Telia, Elisa, and Tele2 have comprehensive LTE infrastructure in place, and have in recent years channelled investment to 5G. Several 5G trials have been undertaken in recent years, though commercial service launches have been restricted by the lack of available spectrum. The regulator began to address this in May 2022, following the award of a 3.5GHz concession to Elisa. A second licence award will allow sufficient spectrum to provide national coverage by 2022. Delays in holding this spectrum were partly the result of difficulties in providing services in areas bordering Russia.
Progressive government policies on broadband infrastructure and an active regulatory regime have also contributed to Estonia having 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, and WiMAX platforms widely available. Elisa’s consolidation with the principal cableco Starman in April 2017 has enabled the operator to offer a more comprehensive suite of bundled services, and so compete more effectively with Telia.
This report provides an overview of Estonia’s telecom market, the performance of the key operators, recent regulatory developments, and the status of fixed-line networks and the NGN. It also includes a range of operating and financial data. In addition, the report reviews developments in the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband sectors, as also the mobile voice and data sectors including regulatory measures and operator strategies relating to 5G.
Telia Estonia, Tele2 Estonia, Elisa Telia Estonia, Elisa, Starman, STV, Viasat, Levira, Baltic Broadband
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