Moldova fixed internet sales up 12% in 2015 to MDL 1.5 bln

Moldova fixed internet sales up 12% in 2015 to MDL 1.5 bln

Moldavian operators’ total fixed internet sales volume grew by MDL 110.6 million or 11.8 percent to MDL 1.50 billion in 2015 due to increases in the revenues of all local operators, according to a report by telecommunications authority Anrceti.

Moldova’s number of fixed internet subscribers increased by about 25,200 (or 4.9 percent) to 534,400 in 2015.

According to data presented by 80 active providers of fixed internet access services, the penetration rate of these services per 100 inhabitants of the country increased by 0.7 percent in 2015 to 15 percent.

According to Anrceti estimates, the same indicator per 100 households was situated at 45 percent.

FTTx subscriptions rose by 11.3 percent to 289,200, while xDSL connections dropped by 4 percent to 203,400. Meanwhile, the number of coaxial cable connections increased by 10 percent to 39,400.

At the end of 2015, FTTx technology was used by 54.1 percent of the total number of subscribers, xDSL by 38.1 percent, coaxial cable by 7.4 percent and other technologies by 0.4 percent.

The largest increases in sales were recorded by Moldtelecom, Starnet Solutii and Sun Communications. Moldtelecom’s sales increased by MDL 66.5 million to over MDL 669.8 million, those of Starnet Solutii rose by MDL 28.7 million to MDL 236.8 million, while those of Sun Communications grew by MDL 12.5 million to MDL 48.6 million.

At the same time, the cumulative volume of sales made by the other 77 suppliers of fixed internet increased by MDL 2.8 million to about MDL 95.2 million. Following this development, the ARPU of services for fixed internet access increased by 5 percent to about MDL 168.3.

In terms of turnover, the market shares of the largest providers of fixed internet access did not undergo significant changes in 2015.

The market shares of Moldtelecom and Starnet Solutii were 63.8 percent and 22.6 percent, the share of Sun Communications was 4.6 percent and the cumulative share of the other 77 suppliers was 9 percent.

Source: Telecompaper

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