Georgia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Georgia sees market consolidation with SilkNet purchase of Geocell

In recent years telecommunications has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the Georgian economy, with telecom services accounting for between 5% and 7% of GDP. Mobile penetration stood at 129% in early 2018. Growth in mobile broadband has been steady, supported by the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz and 2100MHz bands which has enabled the network operators to expand the reach and capabilities of LTE services. LTE services now cover the vast majority of the population.

The country still faces economic challenges, which have impacted on the telecom sector. Revenue from fixed-line voice services has fallen sharply, while revenue from the mobile sector has also fallen in the wake of intense competition compounded by the fall in messaging traffic as subscribers migrate to alternative OTT services. The overall market is largely propped up by the broadband sector, where the number of subscribers continues to increase steadily. The sharp growth in the number of fibre broadband connections has impacted on the DSL segment as customers are migrated from copper to fibre networks. This development reflects the significant increase in investment in infrastructure in recent years, spurred by the government’s national broadband plan.

Key developments:

SilkNet acquires Geocell; Mobitel and MagtiCom secure spectrum at auction; Mediafon Datapro awarded contract to manage number portability database though facility has been delayed to mid-2018; MagtiCom acquisitions see consolidation in the ISP segment; Caucasus Online contracts TE SubCom to upgrade the Caucasus Cable system; MagtiCom claiming 90% geographic coverage with LTE-A services; report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2016, market statistics to February 2018.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Caucasus Online, Georgia Online, United Telecom, Telecom Georgia, Egrisi, SaNet, SilkNet, Georgian Railway Telecom, Akhali Kselebi

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
    • 5.2 Privatisation
    • 5.3 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.4 Licensing and auctions – background information
    • 5.5 Illegal operations
    • 5.6 Call termination
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 SilkNet
    • 6.2 Telecom Georgia (Sakartvelos Telekomi)
    • 6.3 NewNet Telecommunications (Akhali Kselebi)
    • 6.4 Egrisi
    • 6.5 Georgian Railway Telecom (GRT)
    • 6.6 MagtiCom
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Broadband statistics
    • 8.2 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.3.3 Other fixed broadband services
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
    • 9.3 Mobile data
      • 9.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 9.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 9.6 Regulatory issues
      • 9.6.1 Unrecognised operators
      • 9.6.2 Spectrum auctions
      • 9.6.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.7 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.7.1 Digital networks
    • 9.8 Mobile applications and services
      • 9.8.1 M-banking
  • 10. Mobile operators
    • 10.1 Operator statistics
    • 10.2 Geocell
    • 10.3 MagtiCom
    • 10.4 VEON Georgia
    • 10.5 SilkNet
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Georgia – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2018 (Feb)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2018 (Feb)
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Georgia’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Telecom market revenue (GEL) – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Fixed number portings – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Fixed line subscribers by major operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line revenue by technology – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line voice traffic by technology – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – International internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Household internet penetration – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Broadband market revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Fixed broadband subscribers by major operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Forecast - fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 25 – DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 26 – MagtiCom internet subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Caucasus Online internet revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 28 – SilkNet internet subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 29 – SilkNet internet revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Fibre broadband providers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 31 – FttP subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Wi-Fi subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 33 – WiMAX subscribers – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 34 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 35 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Mobile market retail revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Mobile market voice revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Mobile voice traffic – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 39 – SMS traffic – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 40 –SMS revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 41 – MMS traffic – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 42 –MMS revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 44 – HSPA/EVDO internet subscribers – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 45 – CDMA internet subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 46 – LTE internet subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 47 – Standard mobile internet subscribers – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 48 – Mobile internet traffic – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 49 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 50 – Mobile number portings – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 51 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 52 – Mobile ARPU by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 53 – Geocell subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 54 – Geocell mobile revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 55 – MagtiCom subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 56 – MagtiCom mobile revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 57 – VEON Georgia mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 58 – VEON Georgia standard mobile internet subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 59 – VEON Georgia mobile revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 60 – SilkNet mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 61 – SilkNet mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed line subscribers by major operator – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Fixed-line revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-line revenue by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Fixed-line voice traffic by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 6 - Internet users, annual change and penetration rate - 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 7 - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Fixed broadband subscribers by major operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – United Telecom’s Tbilisi network infrastructure

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