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Bosnia-Herzegovina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : May 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 35 Pages

Bosnia-Herzegovina looks set for additional LTE spectrum release

The economic prosperity of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) largely rests with the country’s continuing integration with the European Union (EU). GDP growth has recovered from the slow-down seen in the wake of the GFC in 2008 and 2009, though growth has been inconsistent. GDP grew 3% in 2015 before falling to 2% in 2016. Economic output is expected to have increased slightly in 2017, reaching 2.5%. There remain some significant challenges, not least of which is high unemployment which continues to hinder the country’s economic growth potential.

The telecom market has been liberalised and a regulatory framework created based on the EU’s regulatory framework for communications. Although Bosnia-Herzegovina remains an EU candidate country, in July 2017 it applied amended mobile roaming charges to fit in with changes introduced across the Union.

The market is characterised by three zones, each with an incumbent telco. The largest operator BH Telecom is the dominant provider, while Telekom Srpske operates in Republika Srpska and HT Mostar is active in Herzegovina.

The fixed-line broadband network is comparatively underdeveloped, with the result that investments made in mobile upgrades by BH Mobile and Telekom Srpske are facilitating broadband connectivity in the country to a greater extent than is common elsewhere in Europe.

Although a number of fixed-line operators offer services the market is dominated by the three incumbent operators, which control 99% of the market. All three incumbents are subject to specific obligations designed to improve competition.

Internet services are available through the incumbents and a number of alternative operators. DSL and cable are the chief platforms for fixed-line connectivity, while fibre broadband as yet has only a small market presence.

The three mobile network operators (MNOs), each affiliated with one of the incumbent fixed-line operators, provide national coverage. Their upgraded networks are helping to support broadband in rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure is insufficient. In addition, mobile data and mobile broadband offers will provide future revenue growth given the limited potential of mobile voice services.

Key developments:

  • Regulator calls for bids for 400MHz fixed-wireless licence;
  • Telemach extends footprint by using power utility’s poles;
  • New mobile roaming fees come into effect;
  • Regulator opens consultation of releasing spectrum for LTE services;
  • Fixed-line voice revenue continues to slide as customers migrate to VoIP and mobile services for voice calls;
  • Report update included the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Interconnection
5.5 Access
5.6 Number Portability (NP)
5.7 Carrier Selection/Carrier Preselection
5.8 Privatisation
5.8.1 BH Telecom
5.8.2 HT Mostar
5.8.3 Telekom Srpske

6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 BH Telecom
6.3 HT Mostar
6.4 Telekom Srpske

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.4.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.4.4 Other fixed broadband services

9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Mobile data services
9.3.1 SMS/MMS
9.4 Mobile broadband
9.5 Regulatory issues
9.5.1 National licences
9.5.2 National roaming
9.5.3 3G mobile licenses
9.5.4 Spectrum auctions
9.5.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.6 Mobile infrastructure
9.6.1 Digital networks
9.7 Major mobile operators
9.7.1 BH Mobile
9.7.2 Mobilna Srpske (m:tel)
9.7.3 HT Mobile (Eronet)
9.7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.8 Mobile content and applications

10. Related reports

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2017 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (Jun)
Table 3 – Internet user and subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (June)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Jun)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecoms revenue by sector–2005 - 2016
Table 8 – Proportion of telecoms revenue by sector– 2011 - 2016
Table 9 – Accumulated fixed number portings – 2011 - 2016
Table 10 – Direct access, CS and CPS subscribers – 2008 - 2016
Table 11 – Fixed-telephony subscriber market share by operator – 2011 - 2017
Table 12 – VoIP subscriptions – 2009 - 2017
Table 13 – Historic - Fixed-line voice lines by operator – 2001 - 2011
Table 14 – Telekom Srpske fixed line subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 15 – Telekom Srpske financial data – 2010 – 2017
Table 16 – Telekom Srpske domestic revenue by service – 2010 – 2017
Table 17 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
Table 18 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
Table 19 – Fixed-line traffic (incumbent telcos) – 2014 - 2017
Table 20 – International internet bandwidth – 2007 - 2016
Table 21 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
Table 22 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
Table 23 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2007 - 2016
Table 24 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
Table 25 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2004 - 2017
Table 26 – Broadband share of subscribers by platform – 2004 - 2017
Table 27 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2022; 2023
Table 28 – Telekom Srpske DSL subscribers – 2011 – 2016
Table 29 – FttP subscribers – 2012 - 2018
Table 30 – Prepaid and contract cards in service – 2005 – 2017
Table 31 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 – 2009
Table 32 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
Table 33 – Mobile subscriber market share by operator –2004 - 2017
Table 34 – Total SMS and MMS messages sent – 2003 - 2017
Table 35 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
Table 36 – Annual mobile number portings – 2011 - 2017
Table 37 – M:tel mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 38 – Blicnet mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2018

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Telecoms revenue by sector–2005 – 2016
Chart 2 – Direct access, CS and CPS subscribers – 2008 – 2016
Chart 3 – Fixed-telephony subscriber market share by operator – 2011 – 2017
Chart 4 – Telekom Srpske domestic revenue by service – 2010 – 2017
Chart 5 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
Chart 6 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
Chart 7 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2018
Chart 8 – Broadband subscribers by access type – 2004 – 2017
Chart 9 – Prepaid and contract cards in service – 2005 – 2017
Chart 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
Chart 11 – Mobile subscriber market share by operator –2004 – 2017
Exhibit 1 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview

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