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Albania - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media - Insights and Statistics

  • February 2017
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 39 pages

Albanian telecom sector continues shift from fixed to mobile comms

Albania's telecom market is consistent with developments elsewhere in the region, with fixed-line telephony penetration declining as subscribers migrate to mobile solutions and with ongoing government efforts to improve broadband availability and access conditions. The country's small economy is highly dependent on the neighbouring trading partners Italy and Greece. The former still struggles to develop growth while the latter faces yet more austerity as part of the acceptance of another bail out from international lenders.

This has a marked impact on Albania's telecom sector, with revenue growth in continuing decline as customers reduce discretionary spend. Yet penetration in the fixed-line and broadband sectors remains very low by European standards, and so there are opportunities for further investment in networks upgrades to help propel the country's economic growth through digital offerings and IP-based technologies and services. While such investment in fixed-line infrastructure should be encouraged by the regulator (through access regulations) and the government (through investments), in the short term consumers will continue to prefer mobile networks for voice and data services, and as a result the mobile sector will be the focus for future growth in the market overall.

The country has long sought accession to the European Union (EU) which has benefited its telecoms sector through closer scrutiny of its regulatory regime and through the injection of funding to help modernise infrastructure. Albania signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU, which came into force in mid-2009. As part of the EU pre-accession process, Albania has received financial aid to build public institutions and improve cross-border co-operation under the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance funding mechanism. Since June 2014 Albania has been recognised as an official candidate for accession to the EU.

Key developments:

Plus Communications and Albtelecom secure 2600MHz spectrum licenses; Albtelecom's share of the broadband market continues to be squeezed by competitors; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2016, operator data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Albania's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 6%
Fixed broadband | 9.4%
Mobile SIM (population) | 111%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Albania, Albtelecom (Eagle Mobile), Telekom Albania (AMC), Cosmote, Turk Telecom, Primo Communications.

Table Of Contents

Albania - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media - Insights and Statistics
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Albania's telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3.1 Privatisation
5.3.2 Interconnection
5.3.3 Number Portability (NP)
5.3.4 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Albtelecom
6.2 Albania Online/Albanian Fibre Backbone (AFB)/Primo
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Internet society developments
8.3 Albanian National Broadband Network
8.4 Broadband statistics
8.5 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
8.6 Notes on scenario forecasts
8.7 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.7.1 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.7.2 HFC networks
8.7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.7.4 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital media
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Cable TV (CATV)
9.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
9.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9.5 Videostreaming
9.6 Bundled services
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile data
10.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.4 Mobile broadband
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.5.1 Second digital mobile licence
10.5.2 Third digital mobile licence
10.5.3 Fourth digital mobile licence
10.5.4 3G/UMTS licences
10.5.5 Licences 2015
10.5.6 Licences 2016
10.5.7 Significant Market Power (SMP)
10.5.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
10.5.9 Retail tariff regulation
10.5.10 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.6.1 Other infrastructure developments
10.7 Major mobile operators
10.7.1 Telekom Albania (Albanian Mobile Communications)
10.7.2 Vodafone Albania
10.7.3 Albtelecom (Eagle Mobile)
10.7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 Mobile TV
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Albania 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom market revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 8 Telecom market share of revenue by operator 2010 - 2014
Table 9 Revenue by operator 2008 - 2012
Table 10 Telecom investment by sector 2010 - 2012
Table 11 Fixed-line number portings 2013 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed-line telephony market share by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 13 Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1999 - 2009
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 15 Historic - Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) 1999 - 2009
Table 16 Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) 2010 - 20156
Table 17 Fixed lines in service by minor operator 2010 - 2016
Table 18 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2007 - 2017
Table 19 Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2018
Table 20 Fixed-broadband market share by operator 2010 - 2016
Table 21 Fixed-broadband market share by operator 2010 - 2016
Table 22 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2016 ; 2018; 2021
Table 23 DSL broadband subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 24 Cable modem broadband subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 25 FttP broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 26 Mobile AMPU and ARPU 2010 - 2014
Table 27 Vodafone prepaid subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 28 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 29 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 30 Mobile SIM cards by operator 2003 2016
Table 31 Mobile subscriber market share of SIM cards by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 32 Active mobile SIM cards by operator 2010 2016
Table 33 Mobile revenue by operator 2003 2015
Table 34 Total mobile traffic 2012 2015
Table 35 Average use of mobile services, active users 2011 2015
Table 36 Total SMS messages sent 2002 - 2013
Table 37 Total MMS messages sent 2010 - 2012
Table 38 Mobile subscribers by type (3G, USB) 2013 2016
Table 39 Mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G handsets 2011 - 2016
Table 40 Mobile internet subscribers by operator via USB/modem 2011 - 2016
Table 41 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 42 AMC MTRs 2005 - 2016
Table 43 MTRs 2013 - 2016
Table 44 SMS termination tariffs 2005 - 2011
Table 45 Mobile number portings 2011 - 2015
Table 46 Telekom Albania financial data 2005 - 2014
Table 47 Telekom Albania mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 48 Vodafone Albania subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 49 Albtelecom subscribers 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 2017
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service by operator 2005 2016
Chart 3 Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2018
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2017
Chart 5 Mobile SIM cards by operator 2003 2016
Chart 6 Mobile revenue by operator 2003 2015

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