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Slovakia - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

  • March 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 56 pages

Government rekindles plan to sell its 49% stake in Slovak Telekom during 2015
Despite market liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent telco Slovak Telekom maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. The company also dominated the DSL broadband sector, though this can partly be attributed to a pricing strategy which effectively prevented competitors from making a profit through local loop unbundling. Price gauging resulted in the company being fined by the European Union in 2014.Market competition has forced a number of mergers and acquisitions in recent years, meaning that the market is largely in the hands of a few dominant players. Following numerous delays, the government in early 2015 again acted on its plans to sell its 49% stake in Slovak Telekom, either via an IPO or direct sale.

Slovakia’s broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with effective cross-platform competition. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure and wireless broadband options, particularly from the mobile network operators, add to the mix. Digital terrestrial TV has been launched, with the public service broadcaster STV the first to complete analogue switch-off.

The mobile market is served by three MNOs which each have a pan-European reach. Mobile penetration is relatively high, at about 119% in early 2015. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 has increased competition between players. All MNOs host MVNOs, and though the number of MVNOs is small the market is growing steadily. Mobile broadband access and content services are developing rapidly in line with operator investments in upgrading their networks with HSPA and LTE technologies.

Key developments
Regulator auctions national 3.7GHz licenses for €1.7 million; DVB-T2 trialled, Slovak Telecom fined by competition authorities for imposing excessive wholesale access charges; UPC Slovakia’s Fibre Power service extended to ten cities; municipal FttP developments; Slovak Telekom launches a 300Mb/s fibre service; WiMAX Telecom bought by Slovanet; regulator calls for tenders for a fourth DTTV multiplex, tenders for FWA licences; M77 merges SkyLink and CS Link; STV ends analogue TV broadcasts; government proposes scheme for sale of its 49% stake in Slovak Telecom; GTS Nextra rebranded as BENESTRA; Slovakia connects to fibre DREAM cable; SWAN expected to launch LTE service by mid-2015; regulator concludes multi-band spectrum auction; Orange launches NFC-based contactless m-payment service; regulator’s market data to June 2014; telcos’ operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report
Slovak Telecom, UPC Slovakia, O2 Slovakia, BENESTRA (GTS Nextra), T-Mobile Slovakia, Orange Slovakia

Table Of Contents

Slovakia - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of the Slovakia's telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
3.1.1 Electronic Communications Act 2003
3.1.2 Electronic Communications Act 2011
3.1.3 EU Regulatory Framework
3.1.4 Revised NFR
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.2.1 Office for Electronic Communications and Postal Services
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Slovakia
3.3.1 Privatisation of Slovak Telecom
3.3.2 Interconnection
3.3.3 Access
3.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
3.3.5 Carrier selection and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overrview
4.2 Slovak Telecom
4.3 BENESTRA
4.4 Slovak Wireless Access Network (SWAN)
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Alternative operators
5.2 International cable
5.3 Wholesale Overview
5.4 Cloud services
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Slovakia's emerging internet society
6.2.1 Legislation
6.2.2 Government support
6.2.3 E-government
6.2.4 Infrastructure
6.2.5 E-health
6.2.6 E-education
6.3 Broadband statistics
6.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.4.1 VDSL
6.5 Cable modems
6.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.7 Wireless broadband
6.7.1 3.7GHz auction 2015
6.7.2 WiFi
6.7.3 WiMAX
6.7.4 Satellite
6.7.5 Mobile broadband
6.8 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2013; 2015; 2020
6.8.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband subscriber growth
6.8.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband subscriber growth
7. Digital Media
7.1 Overview of digital media market
7.1.1 Digital TV (DTV)
7.1.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
7.1.3 Cable TV (CATV)
7.1.4 Satellite-based pay TV developments
7.1.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Slovakia's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 GSM licences
8.2.2 UMTS licences and third GSM licence
8.2.3 Fourth mobile network operator licence
8.2.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
8.2.6 Spectrum auctions
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Digital
8.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 T-Mobile Slovakia (Slovak Telekom)
8.4.2 Orange Slovakia
8.4.3 Telefónica O2
8.4.4 SWAN
8.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.6 Mobile voice services
8.6.1 Prepaid
8.7 Mobile data services
8.7.1 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
8.7.2 Evolved High Seed Packet Access (HSPA+)
8.7.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.7.4 Mobile TV
8.8 Mobile content and applications
Table 1 Country statistics Slovakia 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Internet subscriber statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Investment in telecom market, by sector 2005 - 2013
Table 9 Telecom market revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 10 Annual fixed-number portings 2007 - 2014
Table 11 Carrier selection lines 2007 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed-line calls and traffic 2006 - 2015
Table 13 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 - 2014
Table 14 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 15 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2004
\ Table 16 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 17 VoIP lines 2000 - 2015
Table 18 Total international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2013
Table 19 Uptake of e-government services by businesses 2004 - 2011
Table 20 Uptake of e-government services by individuals 2004 - 2011
Table 21 E-education usage by individuals within the previous 3 months 2007 - 2011
Table 22 E-education usage by businesses 2007 - 2011
Table 23 Internet users, subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2015
Table 24 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2015
Table 25 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 26 Broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2015
Table 27 Internet market revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 28 DSL subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Slovak Telekom retail DSL subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 30 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 31 UPC broadband and voice subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 32 FttP/B subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 33 Orange Slovensko FttX subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 34 Satellite broadband subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 35 Mobile internet subscriptions by type 2008 - 2014
Table 36 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2015
Table 37 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 38 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 39 Magio IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2012
Table 40 Magio TV subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 41 UPC homes passed 2003 - 2014
Table 42 UPC TV subscribers by service type 2003 - 2014
Table 43 CATV market revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 44 Skylink DTH subscribers (Slovakia) 2006 - 2011
Table 45 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2004
Table 46 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 47 Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service 2005 - 2012
Table 48 Population coverage by technology 2006 - 2014
Table 49 Annual mobile portings 2006 - 2014
Table 50 T-Mobile subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 51 T-Mobile mobile financial data 2004 - 2014
Table 52 T-Mobile mobile ARPU 2004 - 2014
Table 53 Orange subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 54 Orange mobile revenue 2003 - 2014
Table 55 Orange data ARPU proportion (historic) 2008 - 2012
Table 56 Orange blended ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 57 Historic - Telefónica O2 subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 58 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 59 T-Mobile Slovakia prepaid users 2004 - 2014
Table 60 Historic - Telefónica O2 prepaid users 2007 - 2013
Table 61 Total SMS messages sent 2003 - 2014
Table 62 Total MMS messages sent 2005 - 2014
Chart 1 Investment in telecom market, by sector 2005 2013
Chart 2 Telecom market revenue 2005 2014
Chart 3 Slovak Telekom financial data 2009 2014
Chart 4 Slovak Telekom subscribers 2009 2014
Chart 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 205
Chart 6 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2015
Chart 7 Broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2004 2015
Chart 8 DSL subscribers and penetration 2005 2015
Chart 9 UPC subscribers 2006 2014
Chart 10 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2015
Chart 11 UPC TV subscribers by service type 2003 2014
Chart 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2015
Chart 13 T-Mobile mobile financial data 2004 2014
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview
Exhibit 3 2G spectrum awarded in Slovakia
Exhibit 4 Multi spectrum allocation Dec 2013

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