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Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

March 2021 | 174 pages | ID: SF559B8ACC7AEN
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Slovakia completes multi-spectrum 5G auction

Slovakia's incumbent telco Slovak Telekom retains its dominance of the fixed-line voice and broadband sector, though there is effective competition in the mobile market, where most investment is being channelled. The main operators including O2 Slovakia and Orange Slovakia have expanded into offering bundled fixed and mobile services.

The broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years. DSL remains the principal technology though in early 2020 it was eclipsed by the fast-developing fibre sector, which has been supported by sympathetic regulatory measures and considerable investment among operators. The cable sector is a distant third in terms of subscribers, though cable is particularly strong in urban areas. The main telco UPC Slovakia has gained customers steadily in recent years (reaching 144,000 by the end of 2020) on the back of its widely available 1Gb/s service offering.

Slovakia's mobile market is served by four MNOs, two of which are the local units of operators with a pan-European reach (Deutsche Telekom and Orange Group), O2 Slovakia was once the local unit of Telef?nica Group before being sold to an investment concern. The introduction of mobile number portability in 2006 intensified competition between players. However, the MVNO sector remains underdeveloped, with the few operators in place having failed to gain traction and thus holding only a marginal share of the overall market.

Mobile broadband access and content services are developing rapidly in line with operators having upgraded their networks. The regulator prepared the groundwork for 5G services in line with European Union requirements, with concessions in the 3.5GHz range followed by those in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. Although commercial services by the first quarter of 2021 were limited, licensees have invested in 5G infrastructure and also have considerable coverage obligations.

This report outlines Slovakia's fixed-line telecom market, providing an overview of the regulatory environment, profiles of the major operators, and a range of operational and financial statistics. The report also provides insights into the mobile voice and data sectors, including market statistics as well as profiles of the mobile network operators, and covering regulatory issues as well as developments in LTE, 5G and mobile data services. In addition, the report addresses Slovakia's fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, providing an overview of major players, as well as statistics, market analyses and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:
  • Regulator concludes multi-spectrum auction for 5G;
  • Slovanet sells 3.5GHz concessions to Orange Slovakia;
  • UPC Slovakia extends 1Gb/s broadband service based on DOCSIS3.1;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2020, telcos' operating data to Q4 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Slovak Telekom, Orange Slovakia, UPC Slovakia, O2 Slovakia, BENESTRA (GTS Nextra)
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 Subscribers
4.3 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market analysis

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 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 E-government
9.2 E-health
9.3 E-education

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Slovak Telekom
10.2 Benestra
10.3 Slovak Wireless Access Network (SWAN)

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure
11.3 Cloud services

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Slovakia 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of investment in telecom market, by sector 2011 2019
Table 3 Decline in telecom market revenue 2011 2019
Table 4 Development in the number of annual fixed-number portings 2011 2020
Table 5 Decline in the number of carrier selection and CPS lines 2011 2020
Table 6 Development in the number of annual mobile portings 2011 2020
Table 7 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2011 2026
Table 8 Gains in population coverage by technology 2011 2020
Table 9 Gains in geographical coverage by technology 2010 2020
Table 10 Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2010 2020
Table 11 Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2011 2020
Table 12 Change in the proportion of Slovak Telekom's prepaid subscribers 2011 2020
Table 13 Development of mobile market revenue 2011 2019
Table 14 Development of mobile network voice traffic by type 2011 2020
Table 15 Development of SMS traffic 2011 2020
Table 16 Growth in the number of MMS messages sent 2011 2020
Table 17 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscriptions by type 2011 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 19 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2014 2020
Table 20 Change in Slovak Telekom's mobile subscriber base 2011 2020
Table 21 Development in Slovak Telekom's mobile financial data 2011 2020
Table 22 Slovak Telekom's quarterly mobile service revenue 2014 2020
Table 23 Change in Slovak Telekom's mobile ARPU 2011 2020
Table 24 Change in the number of Orange Slovakia's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 25 Change in Orange Slovakia's mobile revenue 2011 2020
Table 26 Change in Orange Slovakia's revenue by quarter 2012 2020
Table 27 Growth in the number of O2 Slovakia's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 28 Development of O2 Slovakia's financial results 2015 - 2020
Table 29 Change in O2 Slovakia's mobile ARPU 2017 2020
Table 30 Growth in the number of fixed internet subscribers and penetration rate 2011 2020
Table 31 Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers 2011 2020
Table 32 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 33 Steady growth in internet market revenue 2011 2019
Table 34 Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 35 Change in the number of UPC Slovakia's broadband/voice subscribers 2011 2020
Table 36 Increase in the number of UPC Slovakia's homes passed 2011 2020
Table 37 Development of UPC Slovakia's revenue 2009 2020
Table 38 Development of the DSL subscriber base and penetration 2011 2020
Table 39 Increase in the number of Slovak Telekom's retail DSL subscribers 2011 2020
Table 40 Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers 2011 2020
Table 41 Increase in the number of Orange Slovakia's broadband subscribers 2009 2020
Table 42 Growth in the number of fixed-wireless broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 43 Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 44 Decline in the volume of fixed-line calls and traffic 2011 2020
Table 45 Development in Slovak Telekom's financial results 2009 2020
Table 46 Development in Slovak Telekom's subscriber base by type 2009 2020
Table 47 Decline in the number of residential fixed lines in service 2010 2020
Table 48 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 49 Growth in the number of VoIP lines 2011 2020
Table 50 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2011 2019
Table 51 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2010
Table 52 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 2010
Table 53 Historic - Orange Slovakia's blended ARPU 2012 2017
Table 54 Historic - Mobile GSM/3G base stations in service 2005 - 2012
Table 55 Historic - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2001 2010
Table 56 Historic - Telef?nica O2 prepaid users 2007 2013
Table 57 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2000 2010
Table 58 Historic- Internet users and penetration rate 2000 2015
Table 59 Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2010
Table 60 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2010
Table 61 Historic - UPC Slovakia homes passed 2003 2010
Table 62 Historic Development of investment in telecom market, by sector 2005 2010
Table 63 Historic Decline in telecom market revenue 2005 2010
Table 64 Historic Development in the number of annual fixed-number portings 2007 2010
Table 65 Historic Decline in the number of Carrier selection and CPS lines 2007 2010
Table 66 Historic Gains in population coverage by technology 2006 2010
Table 67 Historic Decline in the proportion of Slovak Telekom's prepaid subscribers 2004 2010
Table 68 Historic Decline in mobile market revenue 2005 2010
Table 69 Historic Development of mobile network voice traffic by type 2007 2010
Table 70 Historic Development of SMS traffic 2003 2010
Table 71 Historic Growth in the number of MMS messages sent 2005 2010
Table 72 Historic Development in the number of annual mobile portings 2006 2010
Table 73 Historic Change in Slovak Telekom's mobile subscriber base 2006 2010
Table 74 Historic Development in Slovak Telekom's mobile financial data 2004 2010
Table 75 Historic Slovak Telekom's mobile ARPU 2004 2010
Table 76 Historic Change in Orange Slovakia's mobile subscriber base 2007 2010
Table 77 Historic Change in Orange Slovakia's mobile revenue 2003 2010
Table 78 Historic Growth in the number of O2 Slovakia's mobile subscribers 2007 2010
Table 79 Historic Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers 2005 2010
Table 80 Historic Steady growth in internet market revenue 2005 2010
Table 81 Historic Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2005 2010
Table 82 Historic Development in UPC Slovakia's broadband/voice subscriber base 2006 2010
Table 83 Historic Development of the DSL subscriber base and penetration 2005 2010
Table 84 Historic Increase in the number of Slovak Telekom's retail DSL subscribers 2005 2010
Table 85 Historic Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers 2005 2010
Table 86 Historic Growth in the number of fixed-wireless broadband subscribers 2007 2010
Table 87 Historic Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers 2006 2010
Table 88 Historic Decline in the volume of fixed-line calls and traffic 2006 2010
Table 89 Historic Growth in the number of VoIP lines 2007 2010
Table 90 Historic Growth in the number of mobile internet subscriptions by type 2008 2010
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 Development of investment in telecom market, by sector 2011 2019
Chart 15 Decline in telecom market revenue 2011 2019
Chart 16 Development in the number of annual fixed-number portings 2011 2020
Chart 17 Decline in the number of carrier selection and CPS lines 2011 2020
Chart 18 Development in the number of annual mobile portings 2011 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2011 2026
Chart 20 Gains in population coverage by technology 2011 2020
Chart 21 Gains in geographic coverage by technology 2010 2020
Chart 22 Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 23 Change in the ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 24 Change in the proportion of Slovak Telekom's prepaid subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 25 Development of mobile market revenue 2011 2019
Chart 26 Development of mobile network voice traffic by type 2011 2020
Chart 27 Development of SMS traffic 2011 2020
Chart 28 Growth in the number of MMS messages sent 2011 2020
Chart 29 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscriptions by type 2011 2020
Chart 30 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 31 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2014 2020
Chart 32 Change in Slovak Telekom's mobile subscriber base 2011 2020
Chart 33 Development in Slovak Telekom's mobile financial data 2011 2020
Chart 34 Change in the number of Orange Slovakia's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 35 Change in Orange Slovakia's mobile revenue 2011 2020
Chart 36 Change in Orange Slovakia's revenue by quarter 2012 2020
Chart 37 Growth in the number of O2 Slovakia's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 38 Development of O2 Slovakia's financial results 2015 - 2020
Chart 39 Growth in the number of fixed internet subscribers and penetration rate 2011 2020
Chart 40 Decline in the number of dial-up internet subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 41 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 42 Steady growth in internet market revenue 2011 2019
Chart 43 Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 44 Change in the number of UPC Slovakia's broadband/voice subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 45 Increase in the number of UPC Slovakia's homes passed 2011 2020
Chart 46 Development of the DSL subscriber base and penetration 2011 2020
Chart 47 Increase in the number of Slovak Telekom's retail DSL subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 48 Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 49 Increase in the number of Orange Slovakia's broadband subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 50 Growth in the number of fixed-wireless broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 51 Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 52 Decline in the volume of fixed-line calls and traffic 2011 2020
Chart 53 Development in Slovak Telekom's financial results 2009 2020
Chart 54 Development in Slovak Telekom's subscriber base by type 2009 2020
Chart 55 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Chart 56 Growth in the number of VoIP lines 2011 2020
Chart 57 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2011 2019
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview
Exhibit 3 GSM spectrum awards in Slovakia
Exhibit 4 Multi spectrum allocation Dec 2013
Exhibit 5 Multi spectrum auction result Nov 2020


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