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TMCNet:  Georgia sees strong migration to fibre broadband

[February 10, 2020]

Georgia sees strong migration to fibre broadband

Sydney, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just released, this edition of Paul Budde Communication’s focus report on Georgia outlines the major developments and key aspects in the telecoms markets.
Click here to access the report : https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Georgia-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses


The telecommunications sector remains one of the fastest growing areas of the Georgian economy, accounting for between 5% and 7% of GDP. There is still room for further growth, with penetration rates in the mobile and broadband segments relatively low by the standards of European benchmark countries. Growth in mobile broadband has been steady, supported by the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz and 2100MHz bands which has enabled the network operators to expand the reach and capabilities of LTE services. LTE services now cover the vast majority of the population. The regulator during 2019 worked on a framework to develop services based on 5G, though given the existing capacity of LTE it is unlikely that 5G services will be made available by operators before 2022.

The country still faces economic challenges, which have impacted on the telecom sector. Revenue from fixed-line voice services has fallen sharply, while revenue from the mobile sector has been under stress from 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 DSL segment as customers are migrated from copper to fibre networks. DSL now accounts for only a small proportion of fixed broadband connections. This development reflects the significant increase in investment in infrastructure in recent years, spurred by the government’s national broadband plan. Much of the investment in fixed-line infrastructure is earmarked for fibre networks, which will provide backhaul for future 5G services.

Key developments:

  • Fixed-broadband sector continues to migrate from copper to fibre;
  • MagtiCom closes down its CDMS service;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2018, market statistics to November 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
    • Fixed-line developments
      • Privatisation
      • Number Portability (NP)
      • Licensing and auctions – background information
      • Illegal operations
      • Call termination
    • Mobile network developments
      • Unrecognised operators
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Mobile market
    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G/LTE
      • 3G
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Mobile commerce
      • M-banking
    • Major mobile operators
      • Operator statistics
      • Geocell
      • MagtiCom
      • VEON Georgia
      • SilkNet
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband statistics
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • Fixed network operators
    • SilkNet
    • Telecom Georgia (Sakartvelos Telekomi)
    • NewNet Telecommunicatins (Akhali Kselebi)
    • Egrisi
    • Georgian Railway Telecom (GRT)
    • MagtiCom
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
  • Appendix – Historic data
  • Related reports



List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Georgia – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Change in Georgia’s GDP growth rate – 2006 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Growth in retail and wholesale telecom revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Development of telecom sector investment – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Distribution of telecom investment by sector – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Change in the number of fixed number portings – 2011 - 2019
  • Table 7 – Change in the number of mobile number portings – 2011 - 2019
  • Table 8 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Table 9 – Change in mobile market retail revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 10 – Fall in mobile market voice revenue – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 11 – Change in mobile voice traffic – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 12 – Decline in SMS traffic – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 13 – Decline in SMS revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Change in MMS traffic – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 15 – Fall in MMS revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 16 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Table 17 – HSPA/EVDO internet subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Development of CDMA and LTE internet subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 21 – Growth in mobile internet traffic – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Development of mobile internet traffic by technology – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 24 – Development of mobile ARPU by operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 25 – Development of mobile revenue by operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 26 – Growth in the number of MagtiCom’s mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2019
  • Table 27 – Growth in the number of VEON Georgia’s mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2019
  • Table 28 – Growth in the number of VEON Georgia’s standard mobile internet subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 29 – Growth in the number of SilkNet’s mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 30 – Development of fixed broadband ARPU by customer type – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Development of fixed broadband ARPU by technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by data rate – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Table 34 – Growth in fixed broadband market revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 35 – Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by major operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 36 – Fall in the number of DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2019
  • Table 37 – Growth in the number of MagtiCom’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 38 – Growth in MagtiCom’s internet revenue – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 39 – Growth in the number of SilkNet’s internet subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Table 40 – Growth in SilkNet’s internet revenue – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 41 – Growth in the number of FttP subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 42 – Change in the number of Wi-Fi subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Fall in the number of fixed line subscribers by major operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 44 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Table 45 – Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 46 – Decline in fixed-line revenue by technology – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 47 – Decline in fixed-line voice traffic by technology – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 48 – Growth in international internet bandwidth capacity – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 49 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 50 – Historic - Geocell subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 51 – Historic - Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 52 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2016
  • Table 53 – Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 54 – Historic - household internet penetration – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 55 – Historic - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 56 – Historic - Fibre broadband providers – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 57 – Historic - WiMAX subscribers – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 58 – Historic - Telecom market revenue – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 59 – Historic - International internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in retail and wholesale telecom revenue – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Change in the number of mobile number portings – 2011 - 2019
  • Chart 3 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Chart 4 – Change in mobile market retail revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 5 – Fall in mobile market voice revenue – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 6 – Change in mobile voice traffic – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 7 – Decline in SMS traffic – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 8 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Chart 9 – Development of CDMA and LTE internet subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of standard mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 12 – Development of mobile internet traffic by technology – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Change in mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 14 – Development of mobile ARPU by operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 15 – Development of mobile revenue by operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 16 – Growth in the number of MagtiCom’s mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 17 – Growth in the number of VEON Georgia’s mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 18 – Growth in the number of SilkNet’s mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 19 – Development of fixed broadband ARPU by customer type – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 20 – Development of fixed broadband ARPU by technology – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 21 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband connections by data rate – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 22 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Chart 23 – Growth in fixed broadband market revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 24 – Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by major operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 25 – Fall in the number of DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2019
  • Chart 26 – Growth in the number of MagtiCom’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 27 – Growth in the number of SilkNet’s internet subscribers – 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 28 – Growth in the number of FttP subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 29 – Change in the number of Wi-Fi subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Fall in the number of fixed line subscribers by major operator – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 31 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Chart 32 – Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 33 – Decline in fixed-line revenue by technology – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 34 – Decline in fixed-line voice traffic by technology – 2010 - 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – United Telecom’s Tbilisi network infrastructure

Click here to access the report : https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Georgia-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses

Nicolas Bombourg
nbombourg@budde.com.au

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(02) 8076 7665

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