This article discusses the Eastern European telecommunications market in 2008, in particular the top-10 groups of the respective telecommunications sector, i.e. fixed telephony, mobile and datacom sectors. The rankings of the operators were based on the net revenues instead on published turnover. This article also provides forecast regarding the expected rankings for 2009.
Note: the operators' positions are described in terms of "net revenues" rather than of "turnover", in order to allow more significant comparisons regarding their real activity in telecommunications services. Practically, it means that expenses such as access charges, outgoing settlements and the like, are subtracted from gross revenues. With this method, double counting is avoided and the sum of the companies' net revenues equal to the total market value. Please note also that par- ticipations over 50% are fully consolidated within the group owning the participation, whereas participations under or equal to 50% are not consolidated at all.