Mobile telecommunications markets

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The mobile communications markets of the Telekom Austria Group are subject to various regulation systems: As members of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), their regulations apply in Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and, since 1 July 2013, Croatia. They define roaming charges and termination rates between individual market players. The regulatory frameworks in Belarus, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia are at different stages of development, but there are also signs of gradual harmonisation with EU regulations.

The EU’s Third Roaming Regulation came into effect on 1 July 2012 and, unlike previous regulations, involved a structural solution from 2014. This enabled customers to choose an alternative provider for roaming services regardless of the national operator. This promotes the goal of further increasing competition between operators in Europe. Furthermore, new price caps were set for voice, messaging and data services. Besides the regulatory provisions already in place, the proposal of a uniform European telecommunications market, which has not yet been approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, would mean further significant market intervention.

While in Austria termination rates remained the same in 2014, they were again reduced in Bulgaria, Croatia and the Republic of Serbia.

International subsidiaries of the Group acquired additional frequency rights in 2014. In the coming years, further spectrum prolongation and auction processes will take place in markets of the Telekom Austria Group.

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Glidepaths for mobile termination rates

in EURc

 

Jan 13

Jul 13

Nov 13

Jan 14

Jul 14

Sep 14

Jan 15

Jul 15

*

National mobile termination rates; international termination rates may differ.

**

No changes in mobile termination rates in Belarus during the period shown; however, the prices converted into EUR may differ.

Austria

2.01

2.01

0.8049

0.8049

0.8049

0.8049

0.8049

0.8049

Bulgaria

2.35

1.18

1.18

1.02

1.02

1.02

0.97

0.97

Croatia

2.61

2.54*

2.54*

1.69*

1.69*

1.69*

0.83

0.83

Belarus

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

1.50**

Slovenia

3.24

3.24

3.24

3.24

3.24

3.24

3.24

3.24

Republic of Serbia

4.20

4.20

3.72

3.46

3.46

3.46

3.01

3.01

Republic of Macedonia

6.50

6.50

1.95

1.95

1.95

1.46

1.46

1.46

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EU roaming glidepath

Retail (in EURc)

before

Jul 12

Jul 13

Jul 14

Data (per MB)

none

70.0

45.0

20.0

Voice-calls made (per minute)

35.0

29.0

24.0

19.0

Voice-calls received (per minute)

11.0

8.0

7.0

5.0

SMS (per SMS)

11.0

9.0

8.0

6.0

 

 

 

 

 

Wholesale (in EURc)

before

Jul 12

Jul 13

Jul 14

Data (per MB)

50.0

25.0

15.0

5.0

Voice (per minute)

18.0

14.0

10.0

5.0

SMS (per SMS)

4.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

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