The country has a well-developed fixed communications network with a tele-density of over 30 lines per 100 inhabitants, within the region average. The former state monopoly - Makedonski Telekomunikacii was privatised in 2001: Magyar Telekom (Deutsche Telekom Group) now holds a majority stake in the company, while the State remains a minority shareholder.
Three mobile operators are active on the market: T-Mobile Macedonia (a subsidiary of Makedonski Telekomunikacii), ONE (owned by Telekom Slovenia Group) and VIP (a subsidiary of Mobilkom Austria). The mobile networks cover up to 99% of the population. The mobile penetration rate exceeds 100 % of the population, and continues growing steadily.
The full liberalisation of the telecommunications sector is on-going and international fixed line operators, competing with the incumbent operator, have entered the market since 2006 such as Nextel, and ONE (Telekom Slovenia Group).
A large range of data communication solutions are available. The country has one of the highest rates of internet usage in the region, with nearly one third of the population connecting regularly to the Internet according to a USAID study from May 2006.
Tourism has the potential to provide prime opportunities for investment and the future development of the Macedonian economy. With its low population density, mostly mountainous landscapes, three large natural lakes, preserved nature and rich history, Macedonia has a large number of places of interest, including the famous Ohrid lake, a recognised UNESCO heritage site.
Hospitality industry is still under-developed but the landscape is rapidly changing with major investments currently ongoing, especially around the lakes and the ski resorts, and tourism is expected to become one the Macedonian development key drivers.
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