In the second quarter of this year, the number of fixed broadband Internet connections, which allow speeds of over 100 Mbps, increased by 15.2% compared to the end of 2021, and reached more than 291.2 thousand, while the number of connections with data transfer speeds lower than 100 Mbps decreasing, according to the statistical data aggregated by the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI).
The total number of fixed broadband subscribers increased, in six months, by 2.6%, up to over 782.4 thousand, of which 655.5 thousand (up by 7.3%) constituted subscribers who chose fiber optic connections (FTTx), 93.9 thousand (down by 10%) - subscribers who requested xDSL connections, 30.6 thousand (down by 32.5%) - those who connected via coaxial cable, and 2.4 thousand (up by 17.9%) were those who connected via other technologies.
At the end of the reporting period, the most important shares in the total number of subscribers were distributed as follows: subscribers connected to the global network based on FTTx technologies - 83.8%, via xDSL - 12%, subscribers connected via coaxial cable - 3.9 % and via other technologies – 0.3%. The penetration rate of fixed Internet access services, reported per 100 population, increased by 1 percentage point and reached 30%.
According to the data presented to ANRCETI by the active fixed broadband providers, the revenues obtained in the second quarter of 2022 from these services went up, compared to the second quarter of last year, by 3.6% and were estimated at over 371.3 million lei. As a result of this development, the average monthly revenue per subscriber (ARPU) for these services reduced, compared to the same period last year, by 1.7% and was 159.5 lei.
The market shares of the largest fixed broadband service providers, by revenues, were as follows: Moldtelecom – 59%, Starnet Solutii – 22.1% and Orange Moldova - 7.1%. The cumulative market share of the other providers was 11.8%.
September 26, 2022