Landline flash report: high-speed internet subscriptions reached 65 percent in August

Published: 30 October 2017

The flash report issued by the NMHH is based on data provided voluntarily by the three incumbent service providers and the leading alternative service providers (typically the largest cable television companies).

The number of conventional landline-based xDSL broadband internet services fell to 759,000 by the end of August 2017, while the cable providers included in the flash report (i.e. the largest providers) saw their internet subscriber base grow to 1.186 million and their subscribers using FTTx, i.e. internet services on optical fiber (up to the building, home or office) rose to 582,000. In the month under review, the number of landline broadband internet subscriptions is estimated to have grown to 2.790 million across the market as a whole.

In the case of broadband internet access, Telekom is market leader with a share of 35.2 percent of the total (estimated) market (including all landline technologies) as of the end of August. UPC is second with 22.1 percent, while DIGI is third with a 16.2 percent market share. Ranked fourth is the Invitel Group, which held 8.9 percent of all subscriptions. There are hundreds of additional small firms providing services on the market, of which they earned a total share of 17.6 percent.

In landline voice services, the data submitted shows that the total number of voice channels included 450,000 conventional PSTN lines as of the end of August, down from 458,000 the month before. There were 975,000 voice channels operated on cable television networks, 6,000 more than reported a month earlier. The number of IP-based voice channels stood at 1.637 million at the end of the period. The estimated value of voice channels across the market as a whole was 3.123 million in August as well.
Of the total (estimated) size of landline voice services, Telekom held the largest share of the market, 51.5 percent, as of the end of August. UPC was second with 18.3 percent, while Invitel was third with a 12.2 percent market share. The fourth largest player was DIGI, which achieved a share of 12.1 percent. The remainder of the market is shared among dozens of small service providers, which accounted for a total share of 5.9 percent.

In August, there were 31.62 landline voice transmission channels per one hundred persons, while the landline phone penetration of households, i.e. the ratio of the number of individual voice channels and the number of households stood at 62.47 percent. Subscribers made 58 million minutes of phone calls on conventional landlines and 248 million minutes on IP lines. In the month under review, the average duration of outgoing calls per one main line was 100 minutes.

Within the context of number portability, which allows easier switching between operators, subscribers ported a total of 887,000 geographic numbers by the end of August 2017.