Bosnian telecoms regulator the Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has published its latest quarterly report on the country’s telecoms statistics, revealing that at the end of 2014 mobile subscriptions were flat year-on-year.
As at 31 December 2014 there were a total of 3.491 million wireless subscribers in the country, up marginally from 3.488 million a year earlier, the bulk of which – 90.87% – were pre-paid accesses. In terms of market shares, BH Telecom remained on top, increasing its slice of the pie from 44.36% at end-2013 to 46.95% a year later. By comparison, second-placed Telekom Srpske (m:tel) saw its market share fall from 42.05% to 39.60% over the same period, while HT Mostar (HT Eronet) remained in third place, accounting for 13.18% of the nation’s wireless subscribers, down from 13.32%. Meanwhile, both of the nation’s mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) – IZI Mobile and BlicNet – remained minor players in the sector, with respective market shares of 0.23% and 0.05%.
Fixed line voice access continued to decline, falling 7.4% to 782,236 at end-2014, with BH Telecom responsible for 44.61% of those (down from 47.47% a year earlier), while Telekom Srpske and HT Mostar accounted for 34.83% (end-2013: 34.57%) and 12.83% (12.89%), respectively. Alternative operators were responsible for the remaining 7.72% of fixed voice connections.
In the fixed broadband arena the CRA reported a total of 542,405 connections at the end of 2014, representing a 5.2% year-on-year increase from 515,443. xDSL remained the most popular access type, with some 297,245 such connections in the country at the end of last year, up from 294,505 twelve months previously. Cable broadband, however, saw bigger gains, with the number of customers connected via such means standing at 181,753 at end-2014, up from 153,544 a year earlier. Fibre-based connectivity has yet to gain real traction, meanwhile, with the regulator reporting only 374 such broadband subscriptions at the end of the reporting period, up from 297 at end-2013.