Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Macedonia’s telecom regulator promotes mobile market competition with MVNOs

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia) has been a European Union (EU) candidate country since 2005. As part of the EU pre-accession process, the country has built closer economic ties with the Union which accounts for 60% of Macedonia’s exports and about half of its imports. Closer regulatory and administrative ties with European Commission (EC) institutions have done much to develop the telecom sector and prepare the market for the competitive environment encouraged in the EU. Accession to the EU, stalled due to opposition from Greece, could proceed if both countries accept a mid-2018 proposal to rename the country as the Republic of Severna (Northern) Macedonia.

As part of EU integration legislation has implemented the principles of the EU’s regulatory framework for communications, established an independent regulator and set out several provisions to provide for a competitive telecom market, including wholesale access to the incumbent’s fixed-line network. Although the fixed telephony market has been liberalised, the incumbent MakTel continues to dominate the sector. Broadband services are widely available, with effective competition between DSL and cable platforms complemented by wireless broadband and a developing fibre sector. The number of DSL subscribers has continued to fall in recent years as customers are migrated to fibre networks.

Macedonia’s mobile market is served by only two mobile network operators, MakTel and One.VIP, the latter being formed by the merger of the local business units of Telekom Slovenije and Telekom Austria. One.VIP in May 2016 was also merged with its sister company Blizoo, and so has been able to provide a full suite of converged services. Mobile data services are becoming increasingly important following investments in LTE network rollouts and in upgrades to LTE-A technology.

Key developments:

  • Macedonia and Bulgaria sign deal to end mobile roaming tariffs;
  • Regulator develops market conditions to promote more MVNOs;
  • Makedonski Telekom completes PSTN migration to an all-IP network;
  • MakTel signs managed services agreement with its vendor partner Ericsson;
  • Lycamobile Macedonia gains 3.4% mobile market share;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Makedonski Telekom, ONE, VIP Operator, One.VIP, Blizoo (formerly CableTel), Telekom Slovenije.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
    • 5.2 Market liberalisation
    • 5.3 Privatisation
    • 5.4 Interconnect
    • 5.5 Access
    • 5.6 Carrier Selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 5.7 Number Portability (NP)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Makedonski Telekom
    • 6.2 One.VIP
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 International infrastructure
  • 8. Broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 8.1.1 Market analysis
      • 8.1.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.2 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 8.6 Other fixed-line broadband services
      • 8.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
  • 9. Digital economy
  • 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 Third GSM licence
      • 10.5.2 3G licence
      • 10.5.3 LTE licence
      • 10.5.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 10.5.5 Mobile Termination Rates
      • 10.5.6 Roaming
    • 10.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.6.1 Digital networks
    • 10.7 M2M networks
    • 10.8 Major mobile operators
      • 10.8.1 MakTel
      • 10.8.2 ONE
      • 10.8.3 One.VIP (VIP Operator)
      • 10.8.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 10.9 Mobile content and applications
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Macedonia – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by type –2016 - 2017
  • Table 3 – CS and CPS lines –2010 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Fixed-lines ported –2008 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line market share by key operators –2009 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Makedonski Telekom revenue (HUF) – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Historic - Makedonski Telekom financial data (MKD) – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 8 – Makedonski Telekom fixed-voice subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 9 – ONE financial data – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 10 – ONE mobile and broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 11 – One.VIP fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Telephony-lines by type –2009 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 15 – Wholesale leased lines in service, by type – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rates – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Internet users and penetration rates – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Household internet penetration – 2011- 2018
  • Table 19 – Business internet penetration – 2011- 2018
  • Table 20 – Proportion of households with computer use – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2019
  • Table 22 – Market share of fixed internet subscribers by major operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 27 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 29 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 30 – FttP subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Uptake of e-government services by individuals – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Proportion of business engaged in e-commerce – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 34 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 35 – Mobile network operator market share by subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Mobile traffic – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Ratio of prepaid to contract subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 38 – MakTel prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 39– SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 40 – MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 41 – 2G, 3G and LTE mobile internet subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 42 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Cumulative mobile-lines ported –2008 – 2017
  • Table 44 – Mobile termination rates – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 45 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 46 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 47 – M2M connections – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 48 – MakTel mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 49 – MakTel minutes of use – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 50 – MakTel mobile ARPU (€) – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 51 – MakTel mobile ARPU (HUF) – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 52 – MakTel mobile revenue (HUF) – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 53 – ONE mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 54 – One.VIP financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 55 – One.VIP mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed-line market share by key operators –2009 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Makedonski Telekom revenue data – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Telephony-lines by type –2009 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Makedonski Telekom retail and wholesale DSL subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Mobile network operator market share by subscribers – 2007 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – MakTel mobile revenue (HUF) – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – One.VIP financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
  • Exhibit 2 – Frequency bands and allocations
  • Exhibit 3 – Frequency bands – expressions of interest – 2007

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