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Slovakia: Fixed and Mobile Data Network Expansion to Drive Telecom Market Growth

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Heavy investments in Slovakia's data segment will result in its total share of the revenue pie increasing from 37.5 percent in 2013 to 48.1 percent by 2018, an almost 11 percent increase, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

"With strong regulatory pressure on the voice segment in both fixed and mobile markets and the uptake of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, operators must turn their focus to the growth of data services," says Olena Kaplan, Pyramid Research Associate Analyst.

Operators should look to monetize their investments in high broadband technologies like VDSL, FTTX and Docsis through innovative value-added services (VAS) such as next-generation surveillance, HD videoconferencing, cloud storage computing and video-on-demand (VoD) streaming, with immediate opportunities mostly located in urban and dense areas.

The expected 4G/LTE license auction will allow operators to expand these services by providing on-the-go solutions, for example, smart homes, videoconferencing, m-payment services and others, she notes.

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