Georgia-Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband-Statistics and Analyses

Georgia-Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband-Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

Georgia's Mobitel secures spectrum in the 2100MHz band at auctionGeorgia continues to develop its economy in the face of considerable challenges, not least being a fractured political relationship with Russia and the continuing downturn in the Russian economy which has negatively impacted on its own growth potential. There are also difficulties related to breakaway regions which have been recognised by Russia, and in which Russian telcos are active. However, there is potential for economic growth from closer ties to Europe, while new pipelines running across the territory may lessen Georgia's dependence on Russia for oil and gas supplies.

The slow economic growth has impacted on the country's telecom sector. Revenue from fixed-line voice services has fallen sharply, while revenue from the mobile sector has also fallen in the wake of 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 DS segment as customers are migrated from copper to fibre networks. This development reflects the significant increase in investment in infrastructure in recent years, spurred by the government's national broadband plan.

Since 2003, telecommunications has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the Georgian economy. The share of telecommunications in the country's GDP reached a high of 7%, though it fell to about 5.6% for 2015.

The penetration of active mobile subscribers was about 1120% by early 2017. Growth in mobile broadband is being encouraged following multi-spectrum auctions, including the award of additional spectrum in the 800MHz band in 2016 and spectrum in the 2100ooMHz band in 2017, which is being made available for LTE services. All three MNOs are investing to expand the reach and capabilities of their LTE infrastructures, which already provide more than 90% coverage.

Key developments:

Mobitel secures spectrum in the 2100MHz band at auction;

Mediafon Datapro awarded contract to manage number portability database;

MagtiCom offering fixed-line services following acquisition of the ISPs Caucasus Online and Deltacom;

Regulator awards spectrum in the 800MHz band to MagtiCom, used for LTE-A services;

Caucasus Online contracts TE SubCom to upgrade the Caucasus Cable system, supporting data of over 9Tb/s;

MagtiCom claiming 90% geographic coverage with LTE-A services;

Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2015, market statistics to February 2017.Market penetration rates in Georgia's telecoms sector-2017 (Feb)

Penetration of telecoms services:Penetration

Fixed-line telephony20.2%

Fixed broadband15%

Mobile SIM (population)112%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 Economy

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

5.2 Privatisation

5.3 Numbering changes

5.4 Number Portability (NP)

5.5 Licensing and auctions-background information

5.6 Illegal operations

5.7 Call termination

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 SilkNet (formerly United Telecom)

6.2 Telecom Georgia (Sakartvelos Telekomi)

6.3 NewNet Telecommunications (Akhali Kselebi)

6.4 Egrisi

6.5 Georgian Railway Telecom (GRT)

6.6 MagtiCom

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

8. Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Broadband statistics

8.2 Forecasts-broadband subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

8.3.3 Other fixed broadband services

9. Digital media

10. Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile data

10.3.1 SMS and MMS

10.4 Mobile broadband

10.5 Forecasts-mobile subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

10.6 Regulatory issues

10.6.1 Unrecognised operators

10.6.2 Frequency auctions

10.6.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

10.7 Mobile infrastructure

10.7.1 Digital networks

10.8 Major mobile operators

10.8.1 Geocell

10.8.2 MagtiCom

10.8.3 Mobitel (Beeline)

10.8.4 SilkNet

11. Related reports

Chart 1-Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration-2005-2018

Chart 2-Internet users, annual change and penetration rate-2005-2018

Chart 3-Fixed broadband subscribers-2005-2018

Chart 4-Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate-2010-2018

Exhibit 1-United Telecom's Tbilisi network infrastructure

Table 1-Country statistics Georgia-2016 (e)

Table 2-Telecom revenue and investment statistics-2016 (e)

Table 3-Telephone network statistics-2017 (Feb)

Table 4-Internet user statistics-2017 (Feb)

Table 5-Mobile statistics-2017 (Feb)

Table 6-National telecommunications authority

Table 7-Georgia's GDP real growth rate-2006-2016

Table 8-Telecom market revenue-2001-2016

Table 9-Fixed number portings-2011-2016

Table 10-Fixed line subscribers by major operator-2010-2017

Table 11-Historic-Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration-1995-2009

Table 12-Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration-2010-2018

Table 13-Fixed-line subscribers by technology-2013-2017

Table 14-Fixed-line revenue-2010-2017

Table 15-Fixed-line revenue by technology-2010-2017

Table 16-Fixed-line voice traffic by technology-2010-2017

Table 17-International internet bandwidth capacity-2001-2015

Table 18-Historic-Internet users and penetration rate-1996-2009

Table 19-Internet users and penetration rate-2010-2018

Table 20-Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration-2001-2016

Table 21-Household internet penetration-2005-2017

Table 22-Fixed broadband subscribers-2001-2018

Table 23-Broadband market revenue-2010-2017

Table 24-Fixed broadband subscribers by major operator-2013-2017

Table 25-Forecast-fixed broadband subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

Table 26-DSL subscribers-2008-2017

Table 27-Caucasus Online internet subscribers-2012-2016

Table 28-Caucasus Online internet revenue-2013-2016

Table 29-SilkNet internet subscribers-2012-2017

Table 30-SilkNet internet revenue-2013-2017

Table 31-FttP subscribers-2010-2017

Table 32-Wi-Fi subscribers-2010-2017

Table 33-WiMAX subscribers-2010-2017

Table 34-TV subscribers by platform-2010-2017

Table 35-Broadcasting revenue by platform-2010-2017

Table 36-Cable TV penetration-2010-2015

Table 37-Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate-1999-2009

Table 38-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate-2010-2018

Table 39-Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate-2010-2018

Table 40-Mobile market retail revenue-2010-2017

Table 41-SMS traffic-2010-2017

Table 42 �SMS revenue-2010-2017

Table 43-MMS traffic-2010-2017

Table 44 �MMS revenue-2010-2017

Table 45-Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration-2010-2016

Table 46-HSPA/EVDO internet subscribers-2010-2017

Table 47-EVDO/CDMA internet subscribers-2012-2017

Table 48-LTE internet subscribers-2014-2017

Table 49-Standard mobile internet subscribers-2012-2016

Table 50-Mobile internet traffic-2010-2015

Table 51-Forecast-mobile subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

Table 52-Mobile number portings-2011-2016

Table 53-Mobile market share of subscribers by operator-2012-2017

Table 54-Geocell subscribers-2002-2017

Table 55-Geocell mobile revenue-2013-2017

Table 56-MagtiCom subscribers-2007-2017

Table 57-MagtiCom mobile revenue-2013-2017

Table 58-Mobitel mobile subscribers-2007-2017

Table 59-Mobitel standard mobile internet subscribers-2010-2016

Table 60-MagtiCom mobile revenue-2013-2017

Table 61-SilkNet mobile subscribers-2012-2017

Table 62-SilkNet mobile revenue-2012-2017

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