Moldova - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Moldova remaining low on Telecoms Maturity Index

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 the first half of 2019, with a fall in overall revenue of 5.4%.

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 and additional changes were proposed in 2019.

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 94 active ISPs, 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. By mid-2019 fibre accounted for about 62% of all fixed broadband connections, and almost two-thirds of all connections provided data rates of above 30Mb/s.

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, signs cooperation agreement with telecom regulator of Poland, prepares to issue mobile license to IDC;
  • 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 2019, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell, IDC

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Regional European Market Comparison

    • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Fixed-line developments
      • Telecom sector liberalisation
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Access
      • Fixed Number Portability (NP)
    • Mobile network developments
      • GSM licences
      • CDMA licence
      • UMTS licences
      • 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
      • 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
      • 4G licences
      • 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
      • Multi-spectrum auction – 2019
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 4G (LTE)
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • M2M
    • Major mobile operators
      • Orange Moldova
      • Moldcell
      • Eventis
      • Moldtelecom
      • IDC
    • Mobile content and applications
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband statistics
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • Fixed network operators

    • Moldtelecom
    • InterDnestrCom (IDC)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Moldova – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Change in telecom revenue by service type – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Change in market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Development of telecom investment by service type – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Change in telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Fixed number portings – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Mobile number portings – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Development of mobile market revenue by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Growth in the number of registered mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 11 – Development of mobile ARPU by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Change in the share of mobile market revenue by operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Overview of mobile technologies by operator
  • Table 16 – Development of LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Development of mobile voice traffic – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Change in mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Growth in mobile data traffic – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Change in the volume of SMS and MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Development of mobile broadband revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Change in the share of broadband revenue (fixed and mobile) – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 24 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Change in the share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Development of M2M connections and revenue – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Growth in Orange Moldova’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue by quarter – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Development of Moldcell’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Change in Moldcell’s revenue (MDL) – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 35 – Development of Moldtelecom’s mobile subscriber base – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 36 – Development of Moldtelecom’s mobile revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 37 – Growth in broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 38 – Development of broadband revenue by operator – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 39 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 40 – Increase in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 41 – Change in fixed broadband market share by subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 42 – Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Change in broadband access share by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 44 – Change in fixed broadband penetration by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 45 – Change in the proportion of broadband lines by access speed – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 46 – Change in fixed broadband ARPU – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 47 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 48 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 49 – Growth in the number of FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 50 – Decline in fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 51 – Fixed line subscriber market share of revenue: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 52 – Change in the number of fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 53 – Fixed line market share of subscribers: Moldtelecom and altnets – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 54 – Fixed line ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 55 – Moldtelecom revenue – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 56 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 57 – Decline in fixed voice traffic – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 58 – Decline in fixed voice traffic per subscriber by operator – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 59 – Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 60 – Historic - SMS and MMS messages sent – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 61 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 62 – Historic - Moldcell revenue (SEK) – 2009 – 2015
  • Table 63 – Historic - 2G population coverage by operator – 2009 – 2014
  • Table 64 – Historic - Mobile market revenue by operator – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 65 – Historic - Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 66 – Historic - Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 67 – Historic - 3G population coverage by operator – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 68 – Historic - Mobile market ARPU by operator – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 69 – Historic - Internet users, subscribers and penetration – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 70 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 71 – Historic - Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 72 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 73 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 74 – Historic - International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 2 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 3 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 4 – Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 7 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 8 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 11 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 12 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 13 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 14 – Change in telecom revenue by service type – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Change in market share of telecom revenue by service type – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Development of telecom investment by service type – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 17 – Change in telecom subscribers by service type – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Development of mobile market revenue by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Growth in the number of registered mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 21 – Development of mobile ARPU by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Change in the share of mobile market revenue by operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Development of LTE population coverage by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 26 – Development of mobile voice traffic – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – Change in mobile traffic per subscriber, by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Growth in mobile data traffic – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Change in the volume of SMS and MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Development of mobile broadband revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Change in the share of broadband revenue (fixed and mobile) – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 32 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 33 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 34 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 35 – Revenue from mobile internet services, by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 36 – Change in the share of mobile broadband revenue by operator – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Revenue from dedicated mobile broadband services, by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 38 – Growth in Orange Moldova’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 39 – Orange Moldova mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 40 – Development of Moldcell’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 41 – Change in Moldcell’s revenue (MDL) – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 42 – Development of Moldtelecom’s mobile subscriber base – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 43 – Development of Moldtelecom’s mobile revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 44 – Growth in broadband and data market revenue – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 45 – Development of broadband revenue by operator – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 46 – Market share of broadband revenue by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 47 – Increase in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 48 – Change in fixed broadband market share by subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 49 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 50 – Change in broadband access share by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 51 – Change in fixed broadband penetration by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 52 – Change in the proportion of broadband lines by access speed – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 53 – Change in the proportion of broadband lines by access speed – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 54 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 55 – Growth in the number of FttX subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 56 – Decline in fixed network revenue by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 57 – Change in the number of fixed line subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 58 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 59 – Decline in fixed voice traffic per subscriber by operator – 2013 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

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Last updated 20 Nov 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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