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Georgia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

June 2020 | 125 pages | ID: GA11EBE876CEN
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Georgia sets in train 5G roadmap

The telecommunications sector remains one of the fastest growing areas of the Georgian economy, accounting for between 5% and 7% of GDP. There is still room for further growth, with penetration rates in the mobile and broadband segments relatively low by the standards of European benchmark countries. Growth in mobile broadband has been steady, supported by the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz and 2100MHz bands which has enabled the network operators to expand the reach and capabilities of LTE services. LTE services now cover the vast majority of the population. The regulator has also developed a strategy to introduce 5G, incorporating elements such as coverage obligations, network access, and the possibility of a joint venture to build the network. Spectrum considered for 5G is in line with European guidelines.

The country still faces economic challenges, which have impacted on the telecom sector. Revenue from fixed-line voice services has fallen sharply, while revenue from the mobile sector has been under stress from intense competition, compounded by the fall in messaging traffic as subscribers migrate to alternative OTT services. The overall market is largely propped up by the broadband sector, where the number of subscribers continues to increase steadily. The sharp growth in the number of fibre broadband connections has impacted on the DSL segment as customers are migrated from copper to fibre networks. DSL now accounts for only a small proportion of fixed broadband connections. This development reflects the significant investment in infrastructure in recent years, spurred by the government’s national broadband plan. Much of the investment in fixed-line infrastructure is earmarked for fibre networks, which will provide backhaul for future 5G services.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having 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:
  • Fixed-broadband sector continues to migrate from copper to fibre;
  • MagtiCom closes down its CDMA service;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2019, market statistics to March 2020, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Caucasus Online, Georgia Online, United Telecom, Telecom Georgia, Egrisi, SaNet, SilkNet, Georgian Railway Telecom, Akhali Kselebi
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

3 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market analysis

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Fixed-line developments
5.3 Mobile network developments

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Mobile data
6.5 Mobile broadband
6.6 Mobile commerce
6.7 Major mobile operators

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

8.1 SilkNet
8.2 Telecom Georgia (Sakartvelos Telekomi)
8.3 New Net Telecommunications (Akhali Kselebi)
8.4 Egrisi
8.5 Georgian Railway Telecom (GRT)
8.6 MagtiCom

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 Overview of the national telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure

10 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

11 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Georgia 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in Georgia's GDP growth rate 2012 2021
Table 3 Growth in retail and wholesale telecom revenue 2013 2019
Table 4 Development of telecom sector investment 2016 2019
Table 5 Distribution of telecom investment by sector 2016 2019
Table 6 Change in the number of fixed number portings 2011 2020
Table 7 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2011 2020
Table 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 9 Change in mobile market retail revenue 2010 2020
Table 10 Fall in mobile market voice revenue 2013 2020
Table 11 Change in mobile voice traffic 2010 2020
Table 12 Decline in SMS traffic 2010 2020
Table 13 Decline in SMS revenue 2010 2020
Table 14 Change in MMS traffic 2010 2020
Table 15 Fall in MMS revenue 2010 2020
Table 16 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 17 HSPA/EVDO internet subscribers 2010 2019
Table 18 Development of CDMA and LTE internet subscribers 2012 2020
Table 19 Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers 2013 2020
Table 20 Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers by operator 2013 2020
Table 21 Growth in mobile internet traffic 2010 2019
Table 22 Proportion of mobile internet traffic by technology 2015 2019
Table 23 Development of mobile internet traffic by technology 2015 2019
Table 24 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 25 Development of average mobile ARPU 2013 2019
Table 26 Development of mobile ARPU by operator 2010 2020
Table 27 Development of mobile revenue by operator 2013 2020
Table 28 Growth in the number of MagtiCom's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 29 Growth in the number of VEON Georgia's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 30 Growth in the number of VEON Georgia's standard mobile internet subscribers 2010 2020
Table 31 Growth in the number of SilkNet's mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Table 32 Share of fixed/ fixed-wireless access by technology 2017 2019
Table 33 Development of fixed broadband ARPU by customer type 2013 2019
Table 34 Difference in fixed broadband ARPU by capital and regions 2016 2019
Table 35 Development of fixed broadband ARPU by technology 2013 2019
Table 36 Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by data rate 2013 - 2019
Table 37 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 38 Growth in fixed broadband market revenue 2010 2020
Table 39 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by major operator 2013 2020
Table 40 Fall in the number of DSL subscribers 2008 2020
Table 41 Growth in the number of MagtiCom's fixed broadband subscribers 2012 2020
Table 42 Development of MagtiCom's internet revenue 2013 2020
Table 43 Growth in the number of SilkNet's internet subscribers 2012 2020
Table 44 Development of SilkNet's internet revenue 2013 2020
Table 45 Growth in the number of FttP subscribers 2010 2020
Table 46 Change in the number of Wi-Fi subscribers 2010 2020
Table 47 Fall in the number of fixed line subscribers by major operator 2010 2020
Table 48 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 49 Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers by technology 2013 2020
Table 50 Decline in fixed-line revenue by technology 2010 2020
Table 51 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic by technology 2010 2020
Table 52 Growth in international internet bandwidth capacity 2009 - 2018
Table 53 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 54 Historic - Geocell subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 55 Historic - MagtiCom's mobile subscribers 2007 2009
Table 56 Historic - VEON Georgia's mobile subscribers 2007 2009
Table 57 Historic - Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration 1995 - 2009
Table 58 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2016
Table 59 Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2009
Table 60 Historic - household internet penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 61 Historic - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2009
Table 62 Historic - Fibre broadband providers 2010 2016
Table 63 Historic - WiMAX subscribers 2010 2017
Table 64 Historic - Telecom market revenue 2010 - 2016
Table 65 Historic - International internet bandwidth capacity 2001 - 2009
Chart 1 Growth in retail and wholesale telecom revenue 2013 2019
Chart 2 Change in the number of fixed number portings 2011 2020
Chart 3 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2011 2020
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 5 Change in mobile market retail revenue 2010 2020
Chart 6 Fall in mobile market voice revenue 2013 2020
Chart 7 Change in mobile voice traffic 2010 2020
Chart 8 Decline in SMS traffic 2010 2020
Chart 9 Decline in SMS revenue 2010 2020
Chart 10 Decline in MMS traffic 2010 2020
Chart 11 Decline in MMS revenue 2010 2020
Chart 12 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2024
Chart 13 Development of CDMA and LTE internet subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 14 Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers 2013 2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers by operator 2013 2020
Chart 16 Development of mobile internet traffic by technology 2015 2019
Chart 17 Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Chart 18 Development of mobile ARPU by operator 2010 2020
Chart 19 Development of mobile revenue by operator 2013 2020
Chart 20 Growth in the number of MagtiCom's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 21 Growth in the number of VEON Georgia's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 22 Growth in the number of SilkNet's mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 23 Development of fixed broadband ARPU by customer type 2013 2019
Chart 24 Development of fixed broadband ARPU by technology 2013 - 2019
Chart 25 Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by data rate 2013 - 2019
Chart 26 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 27 Growth in fixed broadband market revenue 2010 2020
Chart 28 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by major operator 2013 2020
Chart 29 Fall in the number of DSL subscribers 2008 2020
Chart 30 Growth in the number of MagtiCom's fixed broadband subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 31 Development of MagtiCom's internet revenue 2013 2020
Chart 32 Growth in the number of SilkNet's internet subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 33 Development of SilkNet's internet revenue 2013 2020
Chart 34 Growth in the number of FttP subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 35 Change in the number of Wi-Fi subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 36 Fall in the number of fixed line subscribers by major operator 2010 2020
Chart 37 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 38 Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers by technology 2013 - 2020
Chart 39 Decline in fixed-line revenue by technology 2010 2020
Chart 40 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic by technology 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 United Telecom's Tbilisi network infrastructure


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