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Albania - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

September 2017 | | ID: A4E55FA6453FEN
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Executive summary

Albanian telecom sector continues showing slow but steady growthAlbania’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. To this end the regulator recently imposed LLU and bitstream access conditions on the incumbent telco Albtelecom.

The country’s small economy is highly dependent on the key trading partners of Italy and Greece. The former still struggles to develop growth while the latter faces yet more austerity as part of the ongoing acceptance of bail out conditions from international lenders. These economic considerations had a marked impact on Albania’s telecom sector, with revenue growth having declined for a number of years before showing marginal recovery from 2014.

Penetration in the fixed-line and broadband sectors remains very low by international standards. Although regulatory obstacles remain, this low penetration provides opportunities for further investment in network upgrades to help propel the country’s economic growth through digital offerings and IP-based technologies and services. Such investment in fixed-line infrastructure is being encouraged by the regulator through amended access measures and by the government through its own funding programs. However, as mobile network infrastructure improves consumers will continue to prefer this platform for voice and data services, and as a result the mobile sector will be the focus for future growth in the overall market.

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:

Vodafone Albania shuts down its M-Pesa service; 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 March 2017, operator data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:Vodafone Albania, Albtelecom (Eagle Mobile), Telekom Albania (AMC), Cosmote, Turk Telecom, Primo Communications.
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 Albanian National Broadband Network
7.3 International infrastructure

8. FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
8.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
  8.5.1 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
  8.5.2 HFC networks
  8.5.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  8.5.4 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
9.7 e-government

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 GSM licences
  10.5.2 3G/UMTS licences
  10.5.3 Licences – 2015
  10.5.4 Licences – 2016
  10.5.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
  10.5.6 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
  10.7.4 Plus Communications
  10.7.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10.8 Mobile content and applications
  10.8.1 Mobile TV
  10.8.2 M-money

11. RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 – Country statistics Albania – 2017 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2009 - 2017
Table 8 – Telecom market share of revenue by operator– 2010 - 2015
Table 9 – Historic - Revenue by operator– 2008 - 2012
Table 10 – Fixed-line number portings – 2013 - 2016
Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1999 - 2009
Table 12 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) – 1999 - 2009
Table 14 – Fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) – 2010 - 2017
Table 15 – Fixed lines in service by minor operator – 2010 - 2017
Table 16 – Fixed-line telephony market share by operator – 2014 - 2017
Table 17 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2007 - 2018
Table 18 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2018
Table 19 – Fixed-broadband market share by operator – 2010 - 2017
Table 20 – Fixed-broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2017
Table 21 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers –2018; 2020; 2022
Table 22 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
Table 23 – Cable modem broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
Table 24 – FttP broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
Table 25 – Subscribers to bundled services by type – 2014 - 2017
Table 26 – Mobile AMPU and ARPU – 2010 - 2015
Table 27 – Vodafone prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
Table 28 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
Table 29 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
Table 30 – Mobile SIM cards by operator – 2003 – 2017
Table 31 – Mobile subscriber market share of active SIM cards by operator – 2009 - 2017
Table 32 – Active mobile SIM cards by operator – 2010 – 2017
Table 33 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2003 – 2015
Table 34 – Mobile market net profit by operator – 2010 – 2015
Table 35 – Mobile market investment by operator – 2010 – 2015
Table 36 – Total mobile traffic – 2012 – 2017
Table 37 – Average use of mobile services, active users – 2011 – 2016
Table 38 – Mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
Table 39 – Total SMS messages sent – 2002 - 2017
Table 40 – Total MMS messages sent – 2010 - 2012
Table 41 – Mobile subscribers by type (3G, USB) – 2013 – 2017
Table 42 – Mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G/LTE handsets – 2011 - 2017
Table 43 – Mobile internet subscribers by operator via USB/modem – 2011 - 2016
Table 44 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2016
Table 45 – AMC MTRs – 2005 - 2016
Table 46 – MTRs – 2013 - 2016
Table 47 – SMS termination tariffs – 2005 - 2011
Table 48 – Mobile number portings – 2011 - 2016
Table 49 – Telekom Albania financial data – 2005 - 2017
Table 50 – Telekom Albania mobile revenue, EBITDA – 2015 - 2017
Table 51 – Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2017
Table 52 – Vodafone Albania subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 53 – Albtelecom active mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
Table 54 – Albtelecom mobile revenue – 2015 - 2016
Table 55 – Plus Communications active mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017

LIST OF CHARTS

Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 – 2018
Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 – 2017
Chart 3 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates – 2005 – 2018
Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
Chart 5 – Mobile SIM cards by operator – 2003 – 2017
Chart 6 – Mobile revenue by operator – 2003 – 2015


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