Serbia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Serbia prepares for 2020 5G auctions
Serbia’s integration with the European Union (EU), formalised by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2008, has encouraged the government and regulator to adopted measures aimed at promoting telecoms reform. The Agreement oversees closer integration with the EU and covers commitments to political, economic, trade, or human rights reform. In addition, as part of the EU pre-accession process, Serbia has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border co-operation. Serbia has been an official EU candidate country since January 2014.
EU reforms have been fundamental to Serbia’s telecom sector. The EU’s regulatory framework for communications (the NRF), adopted in mid-2010, promotes competition as the most efficient way to offer communications products and services while ensuring universal access.
Considerable network investment has been undertaken by incumbent and alternative operators in recent years, despite economic difficulties. This has helped to stimulate internet usage, which has also been bolstered by improved affordability as prices are reduced through competition.
Serbia’s high mobile penetration, the result of multiple SIM card use, has seen lower revenue in recent years, placing further pressure on operators to develop business models which encourage consumer use of mobile data services as also the continued substitution of fixed-line for mobile voice calls.
MTS trials 5G services with Ericsson, Telenor with Huawei;
SBB delivers gigabit services to a fifth city;
Serbia signs deal to end regional roaming by mid-2021;
Telenor Serbia upgrades mobile network with carrier aggregation technology;
Report update includes the regulator's annual reports, market data report to December 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Mobilna Telefonija Srbija (MTS), Telekom Serbia, VIP Mobile, Telenor Serbia, Serbia Broadband (SBB), I.KOM, Knight Development Support, Invest-Inženjering, Beogrid, JET TV, Kopernikus Technology, BeotelNet, Sat Trakt, Telemark and Radijus vektor.
Table of Contents
Law on Electronic Communications
Telecom sector liberalisation
Number Portability (NP)
Fixed network operators
Overview of the national telecom network
Electric Energy Transmission and Transmission System Control (EMS)
Fixed-line broadband market
Introduction and statistical overview
Fixed-line broadband technologies
Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
Other fixed broadband services
Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
Third mobile licence
Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
Other infrastructure developments
Major mobile operators
Mobilna Telefonija Srbija (MTS)
Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
Mobile content and applications
List of Tables
Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Serbia – 2019 (e)
Table 2 – Telenor prepaid users – 2007 - 2018
Table 3 – Mobile base stations installed by operator – June 2018
Table 4 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
List of Charts
Chart 1 – Share of telecom investment by service – 2010 – 2017
Chart 2 – Share of telecom revenue by service – 2010 – 2017
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