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Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

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

No bids made for Moldova's spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band

The Moldovan telecoms market has shown some remarkable growth in recent years. This has been supported by economic growth which reached 7.1% in 2010 and 6.8% in 2011 before dipping in 2012 in the wake of economic difficulties faced by its main trade partners. Nevertheless, GDP quickly recovered, reaching an estimated 8.9% in 2013 though slowing to an anticipated 3.5% in 2014. Many areas of the economy, as well as the telecom market, remain relatively under-developed and so there is considerable room for growth. This has encouraged operators to continue to invest in all sectors except fixed-line telephony, where customer interest has been diverted to the mobile sector. In addition, Moldova's aspirations to join the European Union (EU) have encouraged the government and regulator to adopt a range of measures to bring the country's telecoms sector into line with EU principles and standards.

Moldova's internet market continues to develop rapidly, and with broadband penetration reaching 13% (well below the average for many European countries) there remain considerable opportunities for further development in coming years. Broadband subscriber growth has been particularly strong since 2009, with the sector dominated by two service providers Moldtelecom and StarNet which account for 88% of all connections despite the presence of about 50 ISPs nationally.

The mobile market has also grown rapidly and now accounts for the majority of total telecoms revenue. A triopoly of operators is dominated by Orange Moldova, while the launch of 3G/HSDP networks as well as services based on LTE technology from two providers has opened up a new revenue growth opportunity centred on mobile broadband, with the mobile operators well positioned due to the lack of effective fixed-line broadband competition beyond the main cities. The near comprehensive geographical reach of their mobile networks, market brand recognition and existing customer relationships will make for steady subscriber growth. Moldcell launched LTE services in 2012, followed by Orange Moldova. Competition between the two will help reduce prices for consumers while coverage obligations will ensure than most areas are served by the end of 2015.

Moldova Penetration of key telecom services 2014
Penetration of services | Penetration
Broadband | 13%
SIM penetration (population) | 121%
Fixed-line telephony | 34%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Key developments:
Orange Moldova increases LTE download speed to 150Mb/s;
Moldtelecom reports 8.7% growth in mobile revenue for 2013;
Moldcell launches commercial LTE services following spectrum auction;
Regulator suspends 3.4GHz auction after no bids offered;
Technology neutral 15-year licences in the 800, 900 and 1800MHz bands synchronised
Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; regulator's market data to September 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Moldtelecom, Orange Moldova; Moldcell

Publication overview:
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Moldova's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media 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;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Table Of Contents

Moldova - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview and analysis of Moldova's telecom market
3.1.1 Statistics
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Moldova
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Interconnection
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
5. Fixed network operators in Moldova
5.1 Moldtelecom
5.2 InterDnestrCom (IDC)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Broadband market
7.1 Moldova's emerging internet economy
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.2.1 DSL
7.2.2 Cable broadband
7.2.3 Fibre
7.2.4 Mobile broadband
7.2.5 Wireless broadband
8. Overview of broadcasting market
8.1 Digital TV
8.1.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
8.1.2 Cable TV
8.1.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
8.1.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Moldova's mobile market
9.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3 Mobile statistics
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 First and second GSM licences awarded
9.4.2 Third GSM licence
9.4.3 CDMA licence awarded
9.4.4 UMTS licences
9.4.5 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz
9.4.6 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands
9.4.7 4G licences
9.4.8 Limits on the number of licences
9.4.9 2.5GHz and 3.4GHz
9.5 Mobile technologies
9.5.1 Digital
9.5.2 3G UMTS
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 Orange/VoxTel
9.6.2 Moldcell
9.6.3 Eventis
9.6.4 Moldtelecom
9.6.5 IDC
9.7 Mobile voice services
9.7.1 Prepaid
9.8 Mobile data services
9.8.1 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.8.2 High speed packet Access (HSPA)
9.8.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9.8.4 Mobile broadband
9.8.5 Mobile TV
9.9 Mobile content and applications
10. Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2013; 2020
10.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
10.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 - 2013
Table 8 Telecom investment by service type 2008 - 2013
Table 9 Telecom subscribers by service type 2007 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom subscribers by service type 2007 - 2014
Table 11 Fixed network revenue by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed line subscribers by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 13 Fixed line subscriber market share by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 14 Fixed line penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed line ARPU 2009 - 2014
Table 16 Moldtelecom retail fixed-line financials 2011 - 2013
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2014
Table 18 Total international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2013
Table 19 Internet users, subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2014
Table 20 Broadband and data market revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 21 Broadband and data market share by total turnover 2009 - 2014
Table 22 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2014
Table 23 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 24 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 - 2014
Table 25 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 - 2014
Table 26 Broadband penetration by technology 2008 - 2014
Table 27 Broadband ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 28 Proportion of broadband accesses by data speed 2012 - 2013
Table 29 DSL subscribers by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 30 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 - 2014
Table 31 FttX subscribers by operator 2010 - 2014
Table 32 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2009 2014
Table 33 Mobile broadband penetration 2012 2014
Table 34 Mobile VoIP users 2012 2014
Table 35 Revenue from mobile broadband services, by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 36 Share of mobile broadband revenue by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 37 Broadcasting market revenue 2007 - 2014
Table 38 Multichannel TV market share of revenue by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 39 Multichannel TV market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2014
Table 40 Total TV ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 41 Multichannel TV subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 42 Multichannel TV market share by platform 2012 - 2014
Table 43 Multichannel digital TV market share by platform June 2014
Table 44 Mobile traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 45 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2004
Table 46 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 47 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 - 2014
Table 48 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 - 2014
Table 49 Share of mobile revenue by service (historic) 2007 - 2010
Table 50 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 51 2G population coverage by operator 2009 - 2013
Table 52 Overview of mobile technologies by operator 2014
Table 53 3G subscribers by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 54 3G population coverage by operator 2011 - 2013
Table 55 Orange Moldova subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 56 Orange Moldova annualised blended ARPU 2009 2013
Table 57 Orange Moldova quarterly blended ARPU 2012 2014
Table 58 Orange Moldova mobile revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 59 Moldcell subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 60 Moldcell revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 61 Moldtelecom subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 62 Moldtelecom retail mobile revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 63 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 64 Mobile data traffic 2012 - 2014
Table 65 Total SMS and MMS messages sent 2002 - 2013
Table 66 LTE population coverage by operator 2012 - 2013
Table 67 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2012 - 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 68 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2012 - 2013; 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Telecom revenue by service type 2006 2013
Chart 2 Telecom investment by service type 2008 2013
Chart 3 Broadband and data market share by total turnover 2009 2014
Chart 4 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 2014
Chart 5 Broadband ISP market share by subscribers 2006 2014
Chart 6 Broadband subscribers by access type 2005 2014
Chart 7 Broadband access market share by technology 2008 2014
Chart 8 Revenue from mobile broadband services, by operator 2009 2014
Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 2015
Chart 10 Mobile market revenue by operator 2004 2014
Chart 11 Mobile market ARPU by operator 2004 2014
Chart 12 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2008 2014

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