Montenegro - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Montenegro’s LTE network providing near national coverage

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 September 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

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 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
    • 8.5 Videostreaming
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
    • 9.3 Mobile data
      • 9.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 9.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.5 Regulatory issues
      • 9.5.1 3G mobile licences
      • 9.5.2 Roaming
      • 9.5.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.6.1 Digital networks
    • 9.7 Major mobile operators
      • 9.7.1 Telenor
      • 9.7.2 T-Mobile Montenegro
      • 9.7.3 M:tel
    • 9.8 Mobile content and applications
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Montenegro – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (Jan)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • 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 – Length of shared cable ducts – 2016
  • Table 12 – Fixed-lines by operator – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Share of fixed-lines by operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Crnogorski Telekom fixed-line voice customers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Crnogorski Telekom financial data – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Crnogorski Telekom revenue by sector – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Broadband market share by platform – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 22 –Market share of broadband connections by speed – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 25 – M-Kable broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 27 –DSL subscribers (regulator data) – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Crnogorski Telekom DSL and leased line subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 29 – FttX subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Installed FttX connections – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 31 – Proportion of FttX subscribers by type– 2011 - 2017
  • Table 32 – WiMAX subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Wi-Fi subscribers – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Crnogorski Telekom IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 35 – IPTV subscribers and share of pay TV market – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Mobile market share by subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 42 – Spectrum allocations by operator – 2017
  • Table 43 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 44 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 45 – Telenor subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Telenor financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Telenor ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Telenor monthly mobile traffic – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 49 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 50 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile MOU and ARPU – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 51 – T-Mobile Montenegro mobile revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 52 – M:tel mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 53 – M:tel mobile subscribers by type (company data) – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 54 – 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 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Mobile market share by subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 10 – Telenor financial data – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 11 – Telenor ARPU – 2004 – 2017

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