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Telecommunications Markets in the 10 new EU Member States. An overview of recent developments. Total telecom service markets in the 10 new Member States: 20 billion EUR Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia account for 90% of the market

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Telecommunications Markets in the 10 new EU Member States

An overview of recent developments


Total telecom service markets in the 10 new Member States: 20 billion EUR

Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia account for 90% of the market

Mobile services : 48% of total value (38% in 2001)

Growth (est.) : 9% increase in value at market prices in 2004 , against 4.1% in the EU-15 and 4.5% for the whole EU-25

Structure of the telecom market


Fixed/mobile substitution

  • Mobile expansion : 24% density at end-2000 ; 60% at end-2003

  • Stagnation of fixed network despite poor density level.


Recent expansion of the Internet market

  • 4.3 million Internet subscribers at year-end 2003, 80% of which through dial-up, up from 1.7 million at year-end 2000.

  • Driving factors :

    • Computer equipment rate

    • Regulatory framework

    • Development strategy of operators


Bridging the gap with Western Europe

  • Trends in diffusion of mobile, fixed telephony and Internet access


Bridging the gap with Western Europe

  • Disparities within the 10 new Member States


Competition development

  • Competition in the mobile market, acting as an indirect source of competition in the fixed market

  • Full liberalization completed on 1 January 2003

  • Progress in implementing pro-competitive regulations (CPS, interconnection), resulting in increased competition mainly in the business segment and LD/international traffic

  • Strong hold of incumbents on the local loop.


FDI : positioning of Western European telcos


Telecom operators

  • Growth and restructuring challenges


Outlook

  • Significant opportunities for growth in the medium term: impact of general economic development, expansion of Internet & data market, rise in ARPU

  • Stronger pressure on tariffs through increased competition

  • VoIP accelerating the transformation of the industry?

  • Regulatory challenges: adapting to the new EU framework


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