Slovakia - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Slovakia’s broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with effective competition between the DSL, cable and fibre platforms. DSL remains the principal technology though by early 2020 it is expected to be eclipsed by the fast-developing fibre sector, which has been supported by sympathetic regulatory measures and considerable investment among operators. The cable sector is a distant third in terms of subscribers, though cable is particularly strong in urban areas. The main telco UPC Slovakia has gained customers steadily in recent years on the back of its widely available 500Mb/s service offering. In mid-2019 the company launched a 1Gb/s service in three cities, initially available to some 200,000 premises.

There are also wireless broadband options from the mobile network operators, as also LTE-based fixed-wireless services from Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom aimed at providing broadband to areas lacking DSL.

Increased internet usage supports Slovakia’s internet society, which has received substantial EU funding aimed at developing and improving access to e-government and other online services.

This report addresses Slovakia’s fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, providing an overview of major players, as well as statistics and market analyses and broadband subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Regulator concludes 3.6-3.8GHz auction;
  • Slovanet secures spectrum in the 10GHz band for wireless broadband, aims to sell 3.5GHz concessions to Orange Slovakia;
  • Orange Slovakia increases FttP footprint to over one million premises;
  • UPC Slovakia launches 1Gb/s cable broadband service based on DOCSIS3.1;
  • Municipal FttP developments showing further growth;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2018, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Slovak Telekom, Orange Slovakia, UPC Slovakia

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Legislation
    • Government support
    • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • VDSL
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Wireless broadband
      • 3.7GHz auction – 2015
      • 10GHz
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Satellite
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Growth in the number of fixed internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 2 – Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 4 – Steady growth in internet market revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Development in UPC Slovakia’s broadband/voice subscriber base – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Increase in the number of UPC Slovakia’s homes passed – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 8 – UPC Slovakia revenue – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Development of the DSL subscriber base and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Increase in the number of Slovak Telekom’s retail DSL subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Increase in the number of Orange Slovakia’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of fixed-wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Historic- Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 – 2015
  • Table 16 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 17 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 18 – Historic - UPC Slovakia – homes passed – 2003 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the number of fixed internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 4 – Steady growth in internet market revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Development in UPC Slovakia’s broadband/voice subscriber base – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Increase in the number of UPC Slovakia’s homes passed – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Development of the DSL subscriber base and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Increase in the number of Slovak Telekom’s retail DSL subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Increase in the number of Orange Slovakia’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of fixed-wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2018

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