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Bigger share for alternative operators

ALTERNATIVE telecommunications operators control a 10.6-percent share of the Slovak fixed-line market, while former monopoly operator Slovak Telekom controls the remainder or 89.4 percent, according to H1 2010 findings published by the telecom market regulator, the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic. Slovak Telekom’s share has been shrinking since 2005, when it stood at 97.72 percent, the SITA newswire wrote.

ALTERNATIVE telecommunications operators control a 10.6-percent share of the Slovak fixed-line market, while former monopoly operator Slovak Telekom controls the remainder or 89.4 percent, according to H1 2010 findings published by the telecom market regulator, the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic. Slovak Telekom’s share has been shrinking since 2005, when it stood at 97.72 percent, the SITA newswire wrote.

When examining competition conditions on the Slovak telecoms market, the regulatory authority separately monitored the household fixed-line market for local, trunk and international calls, and found that 8.3 percent of homes purchase these services from alternative operators. Orange and UPC each hold 40 percent of this share; the third biggest alternative company is Antik Telecom, active in eastern Slovakia, with over 13 percent. The remaining part of the alternative market is divided among six other operators, serving 3.6 percent of households.

Alternative operators provided local, trunk and international calls through fixed lines to 17.6 percent of corporate clients on the retail market. The rest use Slovak Telekom services. Swan was the largest alternative operator by number of non-residential clients (37.1 percent), followed by Slovanet (20 percent) and ŽSR (13.8 percent). The share of the six remaining operators in this segment was 18.5 percent as of late June. Since that time the market distribution has changed after GTS Slovakia acquired Dial Telecom in September.

The findings show that Slovak Telekom has the most clients but other operators are gradually increasing their market position. The largest alternative operators offer a fixed-line service separately, and as a complement to TV services or broadband internet access. Orange expects to see the number of clients using its public telephony service through fixed lines rise: it can provide its service almost anywhere in Slovakia and its campaign has addressed many clients, the Telecommunications Office wrote.


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