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Austria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Austria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Austria's mobile market has undergone considerable recent changes. 3 Austria acquired the network and assets of Orange, so consolidating the market to three network operators, while the number of MVNOs and resellers is growing steadily. Tele2 re-entered the mobile market in mid-2015 as an MVNO, having sold its mobile assets to Orange back in 2007. Part of this growth in the MVNO sector is due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as part of its Orange take-over, must provide 30% of network capacity to support up to 16 MVNOs. The competitive environment has led to relatively low ARPU for operators, and some of the region's lowest tariffs for consumers. The 3G networks have seen impressive growth in subscriber uptake, largely at the expense of existing GSM offerings, while into 2015 there are the beginnings of a wide-scale migration of subscribers from 3G to LTE.

Mobile broadband has shown extraordinary growth in recent years, supported by LTE networks which by mid-2015 provided about 98% population coverage. The late-2013 auction of spectrum in several bands, raising some 2 billion, has gone far to expand mobile broadband in rural areas and improve capacity nationally.

This report examines Austria's mobile market, providing historical and current subscriber statistics, an overview of key operators, an analysis of emerging technologies and data services, and forecasts for ARPU and subscribers.

Key developments:

Tele2 re-enters Austria's mobile market as an MVNO; UPC's MVNO service opens up to non-UPC subscribers; regulator reclassifies GSM spectrum for 3G and LTE use; T-Mobile Austria increases LTE data rates to 150Mb/s; LTE available to about 98% of the population; mobile TV streaming success with more than 50 channels available; multi-spectrum auction delivers 2 billion for the state; strong subscriber growth keeping mobile sector revenue steady; Telekom Austria adds M2M platforms; retailer Spar launches as an MVNO; regulator's market data for 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Orange, 3 Austria, A1, T-Mobile, Tele2.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis recent developments
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband statistics
3.5 Forecasts
3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.2.1 450MHz
4.2.2 900MHz
4.2.3 800MHz
4.2.4 2.6GHz
4.2.5 Spectrum auctions 2013
4.3 Roaming
4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.5 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
4.6 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
5.2.3 Enhanced data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.4 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.5 High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
5.2.6 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Orange
6.2 3 Austria (Drei Austria)
6.3 A1
6.4 T-Mobile Austria
6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 M-commerce
7.2 Mobile VoIP
7.3 Machine-to-Machine
7.4 Mobile TV
7.5 Femtocells
8. Mobile handsets
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile network data traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 2 Mobile market revenue by service 2012 - 2014
Table 3 Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale 2000 - 2015
Table 4 Average subscriber use of services 2012 - 2014
Table 5 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 1999 2004
Table 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005- 2016
Table 7 Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G 2004 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid 2004 - 2014
Table 10 A1 prepaid subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 11 Mobile call minutes 2003 - 2015
Table 12 SMS messages sent 2004 - 2015
Table 13 A1 SMS sent 2006 - 2015
Table 14 MMS messages sent 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Mobile broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 16 A1 mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 17 Mobile broadband market share by provider 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Forecast mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 19 GSM spectrum distribution among MNOs (MHz) 2010
Table 20 2.6GHz spectrum auction results September 2010
Table 21 European roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 22 European roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 23 Mobile number portings 2010 - 2014
Table 24 Mobile termination charges by operator (historic) 2008 - 2011
Table 25 Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) 2009 - 2012
Table 26 3 Austria active subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 27 3 Austria registered subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 28 3 Austria financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 29 3 Austria annualised ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 30 A1 subscribers (Austria) 2000 - 2015
Table 31 A1 - mobile financial data 2004 - 2015
Table 32 A1 monthly ARPU 2004 - 2015
Table 33 T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue 2003 - 2015
Table 34 T-Mobile Austria subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 35 T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU 2006 - 2015
Table 36 M2M connections 2012 - 2016
Table 37 Smartphone penetration 2008 - 2014
Table 38 Smartphones in use 2010 - 2015
Table 39 Mobile data services revenue as proportion of total 1999 - 2014
Table 40 Mobile data traffic 2008 - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale 2000 - 2015
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Chart 3 Mobile SIMs in use, 2G and 3G 2004 - 2015
Chart 4 Mobile market share by operator 2006 - 2014
Chart 5 3 Austria subscribers 2009 - 2014
Chart 6 3 Austria annualised ARPU 2008 - 2014
Chart 7 A1 annualised monthly ARPU 2004 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Active mobile providers
Exhibit 2 3G licence results - 2000
Exhibit 3 450MHz licence results 2006
Exhibit 4 Multi-spectrum auction results Oct 2013
Exhibit 5 2G spectrum allocations by operator
Exhibit 6 3G spectrum allocations by operator

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