Slovakia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Slovakia’s mobile market is served by four mobile network operators. Two of these are the local units of operators with a pan-European reach (Deutsche Telekom and Orange Group) while O2 Slovakia was once the local unit of Telefónica Group before being sold to an investment group. c. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 intensified competition between players. However, the MVNO sector remains underdeveloped, with the few operators in place having failed to gain traction and thus holding only a marginal share of the overall market.

Mobile broadband access and content services are developing rapidly in line with operators having upgraded their networks with LTE technologies. The regulator has prepared the groundwork for 5G services, encouraging network operators to refarm spectrum to create more continuous blocks. Concessions in the 3.5GHz band have been issued, allowing for the launch of 5G services, though operators are keen to secure spectrum in the 700MHz band which the regulator aims to auction before the June 2020 deadline as determined by the Europe-wide schedule aimed at coordinating the availability of 5G services across the Union.

This report offers insight into Slovakia’s mobile market, providing a variety of statistics as well as profiles of the mobile network operators. It also covers regulatory issues as well as developments in LTE, 5G and mobile data services.

Key developments:

  • SWAN Mobile makes Slovakia’s first 5G mobile call;
  • Regulator and telcos reach agreement to extend broadband nationally by 2020;
  • Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom offering LTE service as substitute for fixed-line broadband;
  • Orange Slovakia launches NFC-based contactless m-payment service;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2019, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom), Orange Slovakia, O2 Slovakia

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • SMS/MMS
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • GSM licences
    • UMTS licences and third GSM licence
    • Fourth mobile network operator licence
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • 800MHz, 2600GHz
    • 1800MHz
    • 26GHz
    • 3.5GHz
    • 700MHz
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Digital networks
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • M2M networks
  • Major mobile operators

    • T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
    • Orange Slovakia
    • O2 Slovakia
    • SWAN Mobile
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 2 – Gains in population coverage by technology – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Gains in geographical coverage by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Decline in the proportion of T-Mobile Slovakia’s prepaid subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Decline in mobile market revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Development of mobile network voice traffic by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Development of SMS traffic – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Growth in the number of mobile internet subscriptions by type – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 13 – Development in the number of annual mobile portings – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Growth in the number of M2M connections – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Change in T-Mobile Slovakia’s mobile subscriber base – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Development in T-Mobile Slovakia’s mobile financial data – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 17 – T-Mobile Slovakia quarterly mobile service revenue – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 18 – T-Mobile Slovakia mobile ARPU – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s mobile revenue – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s revenue by quarter – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Growth in the number of O2 Slovakia’s mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Development of O2 Slovakia’s financial results – 2016 - 2019
  • Table 24 – Change in O2 Slovakia’s mobile ARPU – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 26 – Historic - Orange Slovakia’s blended ARPU – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 27 – Historic - Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 28 – Historic - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 29 – Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users – 2007 – 2013

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Gains in population coverage by technology – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Gains in geographic coverage by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Decline in the proportion of T-Mobile Slovakia’s prepaid subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Decline in mobile market revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Development of mobile network voice traffic by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Development of SMS traffic – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of mobile internet subscriptions by type – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 13 – Development in the number of annual mobile portings – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Growth in the number of M2M connections – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Change in T-Mobile Slovakia’s mobile subscriber base – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Development in T-Mobile Slovakia’s mobile financial data – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s mobile subscriber base – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s mobile revenue – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Change in Orange Slovakia’s revenue by quarter – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Growth in the number of O2 Slovakia’s mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – Development of O2 Slovakia’s financial results – 2016 - 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia
  • Exhibit 2 –Multi spectrum allocation – Dec 2013

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