Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Moldova amends Communications Act to improve competition

The Moldovan telecom market saw several years of solid growth, particularly in the fixed-line and mobile broadband sectors. However, a combination of high unemployment and economic difficulties have led to constraints on consumer spend, resulting in telecom revenue having fallen 2.9% in 2016. This decline has continued into 2017, with a 2.4% fall in revenue in the second quarter of the year. However, many areas of the economy (as well as the telecom market) remain relatively under-developed and so there is considerable room for growth in coming years.

In addition, Moldova’s aspirations to join the European Union (EU) have encouraged the government and regulator to adopt a range of measures to bring the country’s telecoms sector into line with EU principles and standards. In July 2017 the Electronic Communications Act was amended in line with the 2009 European regulatory framework.

Moldova’s internet market is developing rapidly, and though the penetration rate is well below the average for many European countries there are many opportunities for further development. The market is highly competitive, with about 80 ISPs active, though Moldtelecom and Starnet between them account for most connections. The number of cable broadband subscribers is increasing steadily, though fibre is now by far the strongest sector.

The mobile market has also grown rapidly, and the sector accounts for the majority of total telecoms revenue. A triopoly of operators is dominated by Orange Moldova, while the launch of LTE services has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband. The near comprehensive geographical reach of their mobile networks, market brand recognition and existing customer relationships will make for steady subscriber growth into 2018.

Key developments:

  • Government amends 2007 Electronic Communications Act;
  • Orange Group acquires the cableco Sun Communications;
  • Orange secures additional licences in the in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands;
  • Moldcell expands the reach of LTE services;
  • Regulator suspends 3.4GHz auction after no bids offered;
  • Technology neutral 15-year licences in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands synchronised;
  • Report update includes regulator’s market data to March 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.4 Privatisation
    • 5.5 Interconnection
    • 5.6 Access
    • 5.7 Number Portability (NP)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Moldtelecom
    • 6.2 InterDnestrCom (IDC)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.4.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 8.4.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.4.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.4.4 Other fixed broadband services
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
    • 9.3 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.3.1 Digital networks
    • 9.4 Mobile voice
    • 9.5 Mobile data
      • 9.5.1 SMS and MMS
    • 9.6 Mobile broadband
    • 9.7 Regulatory issues
      • 9.7.1 GSM licences
      • 9.7.2 CDMA licence
      • 9.7.3 UMTS licences
      • 9.7.4 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 9.7.5 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 9.7.6 4G licences
      • 9.7.7 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
      • 9.7.8 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.8 M2M
    • 9.9 Major mobile operators
      • 9.9.1 Orange Moldova
      • 9.9.2 Moldcell
      • 9.9.3 Eventis
      • 9.9.4 Moldtelecom
      • 9.9.5 IDC
    • 9.10 Mobile content and applications
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Moldova – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Telecom investment by service type – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed line ARPU – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Moldtelecom revenue – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 14 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 16 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Broadband revenue by operator – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2019
  • Table 21 – Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Broadband ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 27 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 28 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 29 – FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 30 – On-net mobile traffic – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 33 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Historic - 2G population coverage by operator – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 40 – Overview of mobile technologies by operator – 2017
  • Table 41 – LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 42 – 3G population coverage by operator – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 43 – Mobile data traffic – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 45 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 46 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 47 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 48 – Dedicated mobile broadband penetration – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 49 – Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 50 – Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 51 – Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 52 – Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 53 – Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 54 – M2M revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 55 – Orange Moldova subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 56 – Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 57 – Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 58 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 59 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue by quarter – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 60 – Moldcell subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 61 – Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 62 – Moldcell revenue (MDL) – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 63 – Moldtelecom subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 64 – Moldtelecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Telecom investment by service type – 2008 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 10 – Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 14 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2017

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