Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Slovakia’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2018 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Slovakian telcos to extend fixed broadband nationally by 2020

Despite market liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent telco Slovak Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. Market competition has forced a number of mergers and acquisitions in recent years, resulting in a small number of larger operators.

The broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with effective competition between the DSL, cable and fibre platforms. DSL remains the dominant technology while the cable sector is particularly strong in urban areas. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure has been supported by sympathetic regulatory measures. 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.

The mobile market is served by four mobile network operators, three of which have a pan-European reach. Mobile penetration is relatively high, at about 132% by mid-2018. 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 since early 2018 has prepared the groundwork for 5G services, encouraging network operators to refarm spectrum to create more continuous blocks, and readying itself for an auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz band.

This report outlines Slovakia’s fixed-line telecoms market, providing an overview of the regulatory environment, profiles of the major operators, and a range of operational and financial statistics. The report also covers the mobile market voice and data markets, providing statistics and profiles of the mobile network operators as well as an assessment of regulatory issues and developments in LTE, 5G and mobile data services. In addition the report reviews the fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, including subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Regulator concludes 3.6-3.8GHz auction;
  • Slovanet secures spectrum in the 10GHz band for wireless broadband;
  • Competition authority approves SWAN merger with BENESTRA;
  • Orange Slovakia to increase FttP footprint to over one million premises;
  • Government and telcos reach accord to extend broadband to all unserved settlements nationally;
  • Slovak Telekom launches a 300Mb/s fibre service;
  • Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom offering LTE service as substitute for fixed-line broadband;
  • Telecom sector revenue growth returns in 2017;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Slovak Telecom, Orange Slovakia, UPC Slovakia, T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovakia Telekom), Orange Slovakia, O2 Slovakia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Electronic Communications Act 2003
    • 3.3 Electronic Communications Act 2011
    • 3.4 Regulatory authority
    • 3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 3.6 Privatisation
    • 3.7 Interconnection
    • 3.8 Access
    • 3.9 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.10 Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 Slovak Telecom
    • 4.3 BENESTRA
    • 4.4 Slovak Wireless Access Network (SWAN)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 5.1.1 Alternative operators
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
    • 5.3 Cloud services
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Legislation
      • 6.1.3 Government support
      • 6.1.4 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.5 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 VDSL
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-government
    • 7.2 E-health
    • 7.3 E-education
  • 8. Mobile communications
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
      • 8.2.1 General statistics
      • 8.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 8.2.3 Mobile data
      • 8.2.4 Mobile broadband
      • 8.2.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.3 Regulatory issues
      • 8.3.1 GSM licences
      • 8.3.2 UMTS licences and third GSM licence
      • 8.3.3 Fourth mobile network operator licence
      • 8.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 8.3.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 8.3.6 800MHz, 2600GHz
      • 8.3.7 1800MHz
      • 8.3.8 3.5GHz
    • 8.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 8.4.1 Digital networks
      • 8.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 8.5 Major mobile operators
      • 8.5.1 T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
      • 8.5.2 Orange Slovakia
      • 8.5.3 O2 Slovakia
      • 8.5.4 SWAN Mobile
      • 8.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 8.6 Mobile content and applications
    • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Slovakia – 2018 (e)
    • Table 2 – Investment in telecom market, by sector – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 3 – Telecom market revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 4 – Annual fixed-number portings – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 5 – Carrier selection and CPS lines – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 6 – Fixed-line calls and traffic – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 7 – Slovak Telekom financial data – 2009 - 2018
    • Table 8 – Slovak Telekom subscribers – 2009 - 2018
    • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2009
    • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 11 – VoIP lines – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 12 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 13 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 14 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2019
    • Table 15 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 16 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2019
    • Table 17 – Internet market revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 18 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table 19 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 20 – UPC Slovakia broadband and voice subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 21 – UPC Slovakia – homes passed – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 22 –DSL subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 23 – Slovak Telekom retail DSL subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 24 –FttP/B subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 25 – Orange Slovakia broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
    • Table 26 – Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 27 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 28 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 29 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
    • Table 30 – Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service (historic) – 2005 - 2012
    • Table 31 – Population coverage by technology – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 32 – Geographical coverage by technology – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 33 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 - 2018
    • Table 34 – T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 35 – Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users – 2007 - 2013
    • Table 36 – Mobile network traffic – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 37 – Mobile market revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 38 – SMS messages sent – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 39 – MMS messages sent – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 40 – Mobile internet subscriptions by type – 2008 - 2018
    • Table 41 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2019
    • Table 42 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table 43 – Annual mobile portings – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 44 – M2M connections – 2014 - 2018
    • Table 45 – T-Mobile Slovakia subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 46 – T-Mobile Slovakia mobile financial data – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 47 – T-Mobile Slovakia quarterly mobile service revenue – 2014 - 2018
    • Table 48 – T-Mobile Slovakia mobile ARPU – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 49 – Orange subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 50 – Orange mobile revenue – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 51 – Orange revenue by quarter – 2012 - 2018
    • Table 52 – Orange blended ARPU – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 53 – O2 Slovakia subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 54 – O2 Slovakia revenue, EBITDA, capex – 2016 - 2018
    • Chart 1 – Investment in telecom market, by sector – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Telecom market revenue – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 3 – Fixed-line calls and traffic – 2006 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – Slovak Telekom financial data – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 5 – Slovak Telekom subscribers – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 7 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2019
    • Chart 8 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2019
    • Chart 9 – UPC Slovakia subscribers – 2006 – 2018
    • Chart 10 –DSL subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 11 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
    • Chart 12 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2001 – 2018
    • Chart 13 – Mobile network traffic – 2007 – 2018
    • Chart 14 – Mobile internet subscriptions by type – 2008 – 2018
    • Chart 15 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 – 2019
    • Chart 16 – O2 Slovakia subscribers – 2007 – 2018
    • Exhibit 1 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
    • Exhibit 2 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia
    • Exhibit 3 –Multi spectrum allocation – Dec 2013

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