Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Moldova telecom market revenue continues to slide

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 since 2016. This decline continued into 2018 though less marked, with a 0.5% fall in overall revenue in the second quarter of the year.

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 to accommodate the 2009 European regulatory framework, while further amendments were adopted in December 2017.

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 in coming years.

Key developments:

  • Regulator proposes multi-spectrum auction with licenses valid to 2029;
  • 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;
  • Report update includes regulator’s market data to June 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell, IDC

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 – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 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 Multi-spectrum auction – 2019
      • 9.7.9 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 – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Telecom investment by service type – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Fixed line ARPU – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Moldtelecom revenue – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed voice traffic – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 15 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Broadband revenue by operator – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2019
  • Table 22 – Broadband ISP market share by subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Broadband access market share by technology – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Proportion of broadband lines by access speed – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Broadband ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 29 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 30 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 31 – FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Mobile voice traffic – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 36 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Active mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 41 – Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 42 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Historic - 2G population coverage by operator – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 44 – Overview of mobile technologies by operator – 2018
  • Table 45 – LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 46 – 3G population coverage by operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Mobile data traffic – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 48 – Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 49 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 50 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 51 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 52 – Dedicated mobile broadband penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 53 – Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 54 – Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 55 – Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 56 – Share of mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 57 – Share of dedicated mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 58 – M2M connections and revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 59 – Orange Moldova subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 60 – Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 61 – Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 62 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 63 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue by quarter – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 64 – Moldcell subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 65 – Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 66 – Moldcell revenue (MDL) – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 67 – Moldtelecom subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 68 – Moldtelecom mobile revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by service type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telecom investment by service type – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • 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 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 14 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2018

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Last updated 12 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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