Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has published data on the country’s communications markets for the year ended 31 December 2015, revealing that mobile subscriber numbers fell by 1.4% against the same date a year earlier.
According to the regulator’s statistics, there were a total of 3.443 million mobile subscribers in the country at the end of 2015, with a 10.1% increase in post-paid accesses – which totalled 768,784 – failing to offset a 4.2% drop in pre-paid subscribers to 2.675 million. BH Telecom remains the sector leader, accounting for 44.89% of the nation’s mobile subscribers at end-2015, with fellow network operators Telekom Srpske and HT Mostar retaining their second-placed and third-placed spots with 40.73% and 13.94%, respectively. Meanwhile, at the end of 2015 there were four active MVNOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, though none have yet to make any real inroads in the market; of the quarter IZI Mobile remains the largest, though it accounted for just 0.32% of the nation’s mobile subscriber total, while Blicnet, Logosoft and Telrad all had less than 0.10% apiece.
In the fixed line arena, total voice connections declined by 1.8% to 779,353, with the nation’s three ‘dominant’ operators – BH Telecom, Telekom Sprkse and HT Mostar – controlling the majority (89.9%) of those between them. With regards to fixed broadband, meanwhile, accesses increased by 1.3% against the previous quarter (the CRA did not publish a year-on-year comparison figure) to 634,987. DSL-based connections remained the most popular access type, with 372,767 subscribers signed up to such a service, with cable-based broadband trailing with 200,972 subscribers.