CRA publishes communications market data for end-2015

23 Mar 2016

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.

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