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North Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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North Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: January 27, 2021 Content info: 139 Pages
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North Macedonia signs MoU on 5G technologies with US

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was renamed as the Republic of North Macedonia in February 2019. The country has been a European Union (EU) candidate since 2005. As part of the EU pre-accession process, North Macedonia 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.

As part of EU integration legislation North Macedonia 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 MNOs, MakTel and A1 Macedonia (known as One.Vip before a rebranding exercise in September 2019). The latter was formed from the merger of the local business units of Telekom Slovenije and Telekom Austria. A1 Macedonia 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.

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:

  • North Macedonia signs MoU on 5G technologies with the US;
  • Telekabel purchases cable network KDS DOO from Probistip;
  • North Macedonia mobile users drop to 1.89 million, fixed lines show growth;
  • North Macedonia imposes e-bills due to coronavirus outbreak;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to Q3 2020, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2020, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Makedonski Telekom, A1 Macedonia (VIP Operator, One.Vip), Blizoo (formerly CableTel), Telekom Slovenije.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional European Market Comparison

  • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
    • Market Leaders
    • Market Challengers
    • Market Emergents
  • TMI versus GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Market liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier Selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Mobile network developments
    • 5G
    • Third GSM licence
    • 3G licence
    • LTE licence
    • 2.1GHz
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Roaming

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 4G (LTE)
  • M2M networks
  • Mobile data
    • Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • MakTel
    • A1 Macedonia
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • Other fixed-line broadband services
    • Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)

Digital economy

Fixed network operators

  • Makedonski Telekom
  • A1 Macedonia

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • International infrastructure

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - North Macedonia - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Change in telecom revenue, by type - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 3 - Annual fixed-lines ported - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 4 - Annual mobile-lines ported - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 6 - Mobile network operator market share by subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Change in mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 8 - Ratio of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Change in the number of MakTel's prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 11 - Change in the number of SMS messages sent - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Change in the number of MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 14 - Change in the number of MakTel's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Growth in MakTel's mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 16 - Change in MakTel's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 17 - MakTel mobile revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Change in the number of A1 Macedonia's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 20 - Change in market share of fixed internet subscribers by major operator - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 22 - Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 24 - Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Makedonski Telekom's retail and wholesale DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 26 - Change in fixed-line market share by key operators - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 27 - Development of Makedonski Telekom's revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 28 - Change in the number of Makedonski Telekom's fixed-voice subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 29 - A1 Macedonia fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Development of A1 Macedonia's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Change in the number of telephony lines by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 32 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 33 - Wholesale leased lines in service, by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 34 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 35 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rates - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 36 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009

List of Charts

  • 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 telecom revenue, by type - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 15 - Annual fixed-lines ported - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 16 - Annual mobile-lines ported - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 18 - Mobile network operator market share by subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Change in mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Ratio of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - Change in the number of MakTel's prepaid subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Change in the number of SMS messages sent - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Change in the number of MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 26 - Change in the number of MakTel's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Growth in MakTel's mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Change in MakTel's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 29 - MakTel mobile revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Change in the number of A1 Macedonia's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 31 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 32 - Change in market share of fixed internet subscribers by major operator - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 33 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 34 - Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 35 - Internet subscribers by access type: dial-up, mobile, other - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 36 - Fixed-line broadband connections by access speed - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 37 - Makedonski Telekom's retail and wholesale DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 38 - Change in fixed-line market share by key operators -2010 - 2020
  • Chart 39 - Development of Makedonski Telekom's revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 40 - Change in the number of Makedonski Telekom's fixed-voice subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 41 - A1 Macedonia fixed-line, broadband and pay TV RGUs - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 42 - Development of A1 Macedonia's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 43 - Change in the number of telephony lines by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 44 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - Frequency bands and allocations
  • Exhibit 3 - Frequency bands - expressions of interest - 2007
  • Exhibit 4 -Mobile data roaming cost schedule - 2020 - 2026 Frequency bands and allocations
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