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Albania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

February 2021 | 127 pages | ID: AACE3A2BEA0DEN
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Vodafone Albania commits capex for fixed network upgrades

Albania's small telecom market has experienced some significant changes in recent years. Following its acquisition of the ISP ABCom, Vodafone Albania in early 2021 committed to invest 100 million to upgrade its fixed-line infrastructure. This investment will largely support broadband services, and is sympathetic to the government's efforts to improve broadband availability and access conditions nationally.

The country is consistent with developments elsewhere in the region in that fixed-line telephony use and penetration is declining as subscribers migrate to mobile solutions. The mobile sector is well provided with LTE networks, while operators have invested in 5G, with Ericsson as one of the principal vendors. Some of these efforts have been made in conjunction with neighbouring Kosovo, with the intention of a seamless 5G corridor along the highway connecting the two countries.

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. Albania has been recognised as a candidate country for accession to the EU since June 2014.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Vodafone Albania to invest 100 million in fixed infrastructure following its acquisition of ABCom;
  • Albania and Kosovo work to develop a 5G corridor;
  • Regulator consults on new MTRs from 2021;
  • Ericsson contracted to upgrade Telekom Albania's core and radio networks;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2020, operator data to Q3 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses; assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

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

2 REGIONAL EUROPEAN MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Overview of Albania's telecom market

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.4 Digital economy

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Albtelecom
9.2 Albania Online/Albanian Fibre Backbone (AFB)/Primo

10 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 Albanian National Broadband Network
10.3 International infrastructure

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Albania 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2016 2020
Table 3 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 2019
Table 4 Telecom market share of revenue by operator 2010 2019
Table 5 Fixed-line number portings 2013 2018
Table 6 Decline in MTRs 2013 2019
Table 7 Mobile AMPU and ARPU 2010 2019
Table 8 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 9 Registered mobile SIM cards by operator (million) 2010 2020
Table 10 Active mobile SIM cards by operator 2010 2020
Table 11 Mobile subscriber market share of active SIM cards by operator 2010 2020
Table 12 Mobile market revenue by operator 2009 2019
Table 13 Mobile market net profit by operator 2010 2015; 2017 - 2019
Table 14 Mobile market investment by operator 2010 2019
Table 15 Total mobile outgoing traffic 2012 2020
Table 16 Average use of mobile services, per subscriber per month 2011 2020
Table 17 Mobile data traffic 2013 2020
Table 18 Total SMS messages sent 2009 2020
Table 19 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 20 Active mobile internet subscribers by operator via 3G/LTE handsets 2011 2020
Table 21 Dedicated mobile internet subscribers by operator (USB/modem) 2011 2020
Table 22 Telekom Albania mobile revenue, EBITDA 2013 2018
Table 23 Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 24 Vodafone Albania subscribers 2008 2020
Table 25 Change in the number of Vodafone's prepaid subscribers 2010 2020
Table 26 Change in the number of Albtelecom's active mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 27 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 28 Fixed-broadband subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 29 Fixed-broadband market share by operator 2010 2020
Table 30 Fixed broadband market share by platform 2016 2019
Table 31 DSL broadband subscribers 2008 2018
Table 32 Cable modem broadband subscribers 2008 2018
Table 33 FttP broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 34 Change in the number of Albtelecom's subscribers by type 2010 2020
Table 35 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 2020
Table 36 Change in the number of fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) 2010 2020
Table 37 Fixed lines in service by minor operator 2010 2020
Table 38 Fixed-line telephony market share by operator 2014 2020
Table 39 National internet rental capacity 2014 2018
Table 40 International internet bandwidth 2010 2017
Table 41 Historic - Albtelecom financial data 2015 2017
Table 42 Historic - Albtelecom mobile revenue 2015 2016
Table 43 Historic International internet bandwidth 2007 2009
Table 44 Historic - Mobile number portings 2011 2017
Table 45 Historic - Plus Communications active mobile subscribers 2010 2017
Table 46 Historic Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2009
Table 47 Historic Registered mobile SIM cards by operator 2003 2009
Table 48 Historic Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers 2006 2009
Table 49 Historic Vodafone prepaid subscribers 2005 2009
Table 50 Historic - Telekom Albania active mobile subscribers 2006 2009
Table 51 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2009 2016
Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2016 2020
Chart 15 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 2019
Chart 16 Telecom market share of revenue by operator 2010 2019
Chart 17 Decline in MTRs 2013 2019
Chart 18 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 19 Registered mobile SIM cards by operator 2010 2020
Chart 20 Mobile subscriber market share of active SIM cards by operator 2010 2020
Chart 21 Mobile revenue by operator 2009 2019
Chart 22 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 23 Change in the number of Vodafone's prepaid subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 24 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 25 Fixed broadband market share by platform 2016 2019
Chart 26 Change in the number of Albtelecom's subscribers by type 2010 2020
Chart 27 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 2020
Chart 28 Change in the number of fixed lines in service (Albtelecom and altnets) 2010 2020
Chart 29 Fixed lines in service by minor operator 2010 2020
Chart 30 Fixed-line telephony market share by operator 2014 2020
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment


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