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Georgian telecoms, mobile and broadband markets scrutinized in new research

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In recent years telecommunications has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the Georgian economy, with telecom services accounting for between 5% and 7% of GDP.

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Georgia sees market consolidation with SilkNet purchase of Geocell

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Mobile penetration stood at 129% in early 2018. 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.

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LTE services now cover the vast majority of the population.

Companies mentioned in this Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market report: Caucasus Online, Georgia Online, United Telecom, Telecom Georgia, Egrisi, SaNet, SilkNet, Georgian Railway Telecom, Akhali Kselebi

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 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.

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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. This development reflects the significant increase in investment in infrastructure in recent years, spurred by the government’s national broadband plan.

Key Developments:

SilkNet acquires Geocell; Mobitel and MagtiCom secure spectrum at auction; Mediafon Datapro awarded contract to manage number portability database though facility has been delayed to mid-2018; MagtiCom acquisitions see consolidation in the ISP segment; Caucasus Online contracts TE SubCom to upgrade the Caucasus Cable system; MagtiCom claiming 90% geographic coverage with LTE-A services; report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2016, market statistics to February 2018.

Few Points from List of Tables:

Table 1 – Country statistics Georgia – 2017

Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2018 (Feb)

Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017

Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2018 (Feb)

Table 5 – National telecommunications authority

Table 6 – Georgia’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017

Table 7 – Telecom market revenue (GEL) – 2010 - 2016

Table 8 – Fixed number portings – 2011 - 2018

Table 9 – Fixed line subscribers by major operator – 2010 - 2018

Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service, annual change and penetration – 1995 - 2009

Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2018

Table 12 – Fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2018

Table 13 – Fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2013 - 2018

Table 14 – Fixed-line revenue by technology – 2010 - 2018

Table 15 – Fixed-line voice traffic by technology – 2010 - 2018

Table 16 – International internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2016

Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009

Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018

Table 19 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018

Table 20 – Household internet penetration – 2005 – 2018

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