Montenegro - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Montenegro’s spectrum auctions supporting LTE growth

Montenegro continues to make steady progress in its ambition to join the European Union and NATO, and so further integrate itself with its main trading partners. As part of the EU accession process the country has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border co-operation under the EU funding mechanism Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. The telecom sector has also been aligned with EU norms, which has opened up the market to competition and guided the development of elements such as access and tariff structures.

Fixed broadband services are available via a variety of technology platforms including DSL, cable, leased line, fibre and wireless. The fibre sector has shown particularly strong growth since 2010 as the incumbent has invested in infrastructure upgrades, albeit mainly to serve apartment blocks in the main towns. DSL is also strong given the legacy reach of the incumbent’s copper network, coupled with its existing market presence and range of service offerings that include broadband TV.

Mobile penetration is particularly high, though this is partly due to the significant number of tourists visiting the country seasonally, as also to the popularity of subscribers having multiple prepaid cards Networks based on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE technologies have been launched, while investment in LTE technologies have made mobile broadband a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband in many rural areas. Recent multi-band spectrum auctions have stipulated that mobile broadband should be made available to 95% of the population by mid-2018. Network upgrades have formed the basis for new and expanding mobile broadband services.

Key developments:

Magyar Telekom transfers 76.53% stake in Crnogorski Telekom to T-Hrvatski Telekom; T-Mobile Montenegro and Ericsson trial carrier aggregation LTE-A technology reaching over 435Mb/s; three MNOs secure spectrum in multi-band auction; Crnogorski Telekom launches VDSL services to complement fibre roll-out; DTTV expands with additional licences to commercial FTA channels; report update includes the regulator’s market data to January 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Montenegro’s telecoms sector – 2017 (Jan)

Penetration of telecoms services: Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 19%
Fixed broadband 21.2%
Mobile SIM (population) 163.6%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Crnogorski Telekom(T-Com, T-Mobile), M:tel, Telenor Montenegro.

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 Interconnect
    • 5.6 Access
    • 5.7 Carrier Selection/Carrier PreSelection
    • 5.8 Number Portability (NP)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Crnogorski Telekom
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
  • 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 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.5.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 8.5.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.5.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.5.4 Other fixed broadband services
  • 9. Digital media
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 Key digital media players
    • 9.3 Videostreaming
    • 9.4 Cable TV
    • 9.5 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
    • 9.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
    • 10.3 Mobile data
      • 10.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 10.4 Mobile broadband
    • 10.5 Regulatory issues
      • 10.5.1 3G mobile licences
      • 10.5.2 Fourth mobile licence
      • 10.5.3 Spectrum auction – 2016
      • 10.5.4 Spectrum auction – 2017
      • 10.5.5 Roaming
    • 10.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.6.1 Digital networks
      • 10.6.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 10.7 Major mobile operators
      • 10.7.1 Telenor
      • 10.7.2 T-Mobile Montenegro
      • 10.7.3 M:tel
    • 10.8 Mobile content and applications
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Montenegro – 2016 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (Jan)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (Jan)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Jan)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Penetration of devices by household – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Penetration of computers and internet in SMEs– 2013 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Internet speeds for SMEs – 2016
  • Table 10 – Business e-commerce use – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Fixed-lines by operator – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Share of fixed-lines by operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Crnogorski Telekom fixed-line voice customers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Crnogorski Telekom financial data – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Crnogorski Telekom revenue by sector – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Broadband market share by platform – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 21 –Market share of broadband connections by speed – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 24 –Cable broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 25 –DSL subscribers (regulator data) – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 26 – T-Com Montenegro DSL and leased line subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 27 – FttX subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Installed FttX connections – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 29 – Proportion of FttX subscribers by type– 2011 - 2017
  • Table 30 – WiMAX subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Wi-Fi subscribers – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Digital TV subscribers by platform – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Digital TV market share by platform – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Crnogorski Telekom IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 35 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Mobile market share by subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 40 – Crnogorski Telekom mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 41 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 42 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 43 – Telenor subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Telenor financial data – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 45 – Telenor ARPU – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 46 – Telenor monthly traffic – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 47 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 48 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile MOU and ARPU – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 49 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile revenue – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 50 – M:tel mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 51 – M:tel mobile subscribers by type (company data) – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 52 – M:tel financial data (historic) – 2008 - 2011
  • Chart 1 – Crnogorski Telekom financial data – 2006 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Crnogorski Telekom revenue by sector – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Broadband market share by platform – 2010 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Digital TV subscribers by platform – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Digital TV market share by platform – 2010 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Mobile market share by subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 11 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – Telenor financial data – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Telenor ARPU – 2004 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Cable TV licences awarded by concession area and licence type – 2007

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