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 telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data to June 2017, 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 data
      • 9.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 9.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.5 Regulatory issues
      • 9.5.1 GSM licences
      • 9.5.2 CDMA licence
      • 9.5.3 UMTS licences
      • 9.5.4 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 9.5.5 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 9.5.6 4G licences
      • 9.5.7 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
      • 9.5.8 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.6.1 Digital networks
    • 9.7 M2M
    • 9.8 Major mobile operators
      • 9.8.1 Orange Moldova
      • 9.8.2 Moldcell
      • 9.8.3 Eventis
      • 9.8.4 Moldtelecom
      • 9.8.5 IDC
    • 9.9 Mobile content and applications
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – Moldova – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Telecom investment by service type – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Fixed line ARPU – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Moldtelecom revenue – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 21 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Broadband revenue by operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Broadband ARPU – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 32 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 33 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 34 – FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 35 – On-net mobile traffic – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 38 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 41 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 42 – Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 43 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Mobile data traffic – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 45 – Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 47 – Mobile internet subscribers – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 48 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 49 – Dedicated mobile broadband penetration – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 50 – Mobile broadband penetration – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 51 – Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 52 – Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 53 – Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 54 – Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 55 – Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 56 – Historic - 2G population coverage by operator – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 57 – Overview of mobile technologies by operator – 2017
  • Table 58 – 3G population coverage by operator – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 59 – LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 60 – M2M revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 61 – Orange Moldova subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 62 – Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 63 – Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 64 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 65 – Moldcell subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 66 – Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 67 – Moldcell revenue (MDL) – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 68 – Moldtelecom subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 69 – 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 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 10 – Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 – 2017
  • 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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Last updated 13 Nov 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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