North Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

North Macedonia makes progress with regional roaming

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was renamed as the Republic of North Macedonia in February 2019. The country has been a European Union (EU) candidate since 2005. As part of the EU pre-accession process, North Macedonia has built closer economic ties with the Union which accounts for 60% of Macedonia’s exports and about half of its imports. Closer regulatory and administrative ties with European Commission (EC) institutions have done much to develop the telecom sector and prepare the market for the competitive environment encouraged in the EU.

As part of EU integration legislation has implemented the principles of the EU’s regulatory framework for communications, established an independent regulator and set out several provisions to provide for a competitive telecom market, including wholesale access to the incumbent’s fixed-line network. Although the fixed telephony market has been liberalised, the incumbent MakTel continues to dominate the sector. Broadband services are widely available, with effective competition between DSL and cable platforms complemented by wireless broadband and a developing fibre sector. The number of DSL subscribers has continued to fall in recent years as customers are migrated to fibre networks.

Macedonia’s mobile market is served by only two mobile network operators, MakTel and A1 Macedonia (known as One.Vip before a rebranding exercise in September 2019), the latter being formed by the merger of the local business units of Telekom Slovenije and Telekom Austria. A1 Macedonia in May 2016 was also merged with its sister company Blizoo, and so has been able to provide a full suite of converged services. Mobile data services are becoming increasingly important following investments in LTE network rollouts and in upgrades to LTE-A technology.

Key Developments:

  • North Macedonia and other Balkan countries agree to end roaming charges by July 2021;
  • One.Vip rebranded as A1 Macedonia;
  • Regulator develops market conditions to promote more MVNOs;
  • Makedonski Telekom completes PSTN migration to an all-IP network, signs managed services agreement with its vendor partner Ericsson;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to Q1 2019, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Makedonski Telekom, A1 Macedonia (VIP Operator, One.Vip), Blizoo (formerly CableTel), Telekom Slovenije.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Market liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier Selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Makedonski Telekom
    • A1 Macedonia
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • International infrastructure
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed-line broadband services
      • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
  • Digital economy

  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile data
      • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Third GSM licence
      • 3G licence
      • LTE licence
      • 2.1GHz
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Digital networks
    • M2M networks
    • Major mobile operators
      • MakTel
      • A1 Macedonia
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • Mobile content and applications
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – North Macedonia – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Wholesale leased lines in service, by type – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rates – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 5 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in telecom revenue, by type – 2016 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Annual fixed-lines ported – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in fixed-line market share by key operators –2009 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Makedonski Telekom revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Makedonski Telekom fixed-voice subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – A1 Macedonia fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – A1 Macedonia financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in telephony-lines by type –2009 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 10 – Change in fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 11 – Change in market share of fixed internet subscribers by major operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Change in fixed broadband subscriptions by platform – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 18 – Mobile network operator market share by subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Change in mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – MakTel prepaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Change in the number of SMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Change in the number of MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 25 – Annual mobile-lines ported – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 26 – M2M connections – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – MakTel mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – MakTel minutes of use – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – MakTel mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – MakTel mobile revenue – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – A1 Macedonia mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Frequency bands and allocations
  • Exhibit 2 – Frequency bands – expressions of interest – 2007

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