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Austria - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Austria - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Mobile broadband approaching two-thirds of all broadband connections

Austria’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent Telekom Austria and the cableco UPC. Nevertheless, there has been considerable competitive pressure in the fixed-line and mobile sectors in recent years. The regulator has also encouraged local loop unbundling to improve competition in the broadband market, and has introduced ‘virtual’ unbundling in the fibre sector.

The broadband market is dominated by the DSL platform, with Telekom Austria retaining a market lead, while cable is the principal alternative technology. Telekom Austria has invested in vectoring VDSL and G.fast technologies in a bid to deliver fast broadband services in urban areas with less investment than is required via FttP. For its part, UPC Austria has invested in DOCSIS3.o technology, and by delivering services at 120MB/s the has managed to retain customers and indeed attract new subscribers from DSL.

Austria’s market for converged media benefits from these excellent upgraded broadband networks. The strong TV market is served by mature the cable and satellite sectors as well as a fast developing DTTV infrastructure. Digital services have been available since 2006, with three multiplexes assigned to national and regional services and a fourth reserved for mobile broadcasting. This report profiles media convergence in Austria, including developments in the digital broadcast market, IPTV and VoD, as well as regulatory measures on the switch to digital TV.

The mobile market has undergone considerable changes in recent months. 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. Part of this growth 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, as well as 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 mobile broadband, based on HSPA and LTE technologies, has similarly shown extraordinary growth. LTE can be accessed by about half of the population. The late-2013 auction of spectrum in several bands will go far to expand mobile broadband in rural areas and improve capacity nationally.

This report presents key aspects of the Austrian telecom and ICT markets, including statistical data on the fixed network services sector and telecom infrastructure. It presents an overview of recent regulatory developments, including as it relates to broadband access and carrier preselection. The major fixed network operators are profiled, together with the most recent financial and operating data and an analysis on operators’ market strategies. The report also covers the 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. It assesses the broadband market and public data services, including technologies such as xDSL, leased lines, cable modems, FttP, powerline broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Austria - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2012
    • Table Telephone network statistics - Sep 2013
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF AUSTRIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecoms revenue by sector - 2003 - 2013
      • Table Retail telecoms revenue by sector - 2003 - 2013
      • Table Telecoms revenue by sector - retail, business - 2009 - 2013
      • Table Telecoms sector investment by type - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Telecom traffic by sector - 2005 - 2012
      • Table Market share of retail telecoms revenue by sector - 2003 - 2010
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Telecom investments - 2004 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
      • EU regulatory framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications
      • Telekom Control Commission
      • Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN AUSTRIA
      • Privatisation of Telekom Austria
      • Interconnect
      • Access
        • Table Telekom Austria unbundled lines - 2008 - 2013
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Ported numbers by year - 2006 - 2013
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table CPS and CbC lines - 2004 - 2013
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • TELEKOM AUSTRIA
      • Table Telekom Austria Group financial data - 2001 - 2013
      • Table Telekom Austria: PSTN and ISDN access lines - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Telekom Austria traffic statistics, annual change - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Historic - Telekom Austria financial data by sector - 2009 - 2011
      • Table Telekom Austria financial data - 2009 - 2013
      • Consolidating European markets
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 financial data by sector - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Tele2 subscribers - 2007 - 2013
    • TELE.RING
    • UPC AUSTRIA
      • Table UPC Austria revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2013
      • Table UPC Austria subscribers - 2006 - 2013
    • ETEL AUSTRIA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2014
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • STRUCTURAL SEPARATION
    • WHOLESALING
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband penetration of households - 2006 - 2013
      • Table ICT development - households with computers, internet, broadband (%) - 2002 - 2013
      • Table ICT development - businesses with computers, internet, websites (%) - 2003 - 2013
      • Table Broadband connections by data rate - 2012 - 2013
    • REGULATING WHOLESALE ACCESS
    • WHOLESALE MARKET
      • Bitstream
        • Table Bitstream access lines by type - 2004 - 2012
        • Table Bitstream and resale access revenue - 2012 - 2013
      • Unbundling
        • Table Telekom Austria unbundled lines - 2004 - 2013
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2014
      • Table Total fixed-line broadband penetration - 2002 - 2014
      • Table Broadband market share by technology - 2002 - 2013
      • Table Revenue from retail and wholesale broadband connections - 2005 - 2013
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • REGIONAL BROADBAND
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2013
      • UPC Austria
        • Table UPC Austria broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2013
        • Table UPC Austria revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2013
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Telekom Austria: retail and wholesale DSL lines - 2005 - 2013
      • Table ADSL subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2014
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Telekom Austria FttX addressable households - 2010 - 2013
      • Table FttP broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Table A1 mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2013
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Fixed-line wireless broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator - 2004
        • Table Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator - 2009
      • 450MHz frequency band
        • Table 450MHz frequency allocation overview - 2006
      • 3.5GHz frequency band
        • Table 3.5GHz frequency allocation - 2008
      • Wireless LANs/WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • Internet via satellite
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • DIGITAL MEDIA OVERVIEW
      • Key general trends
      • Business models
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services - 2012 - 2013
      • Regulatory issues
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Overview
        • Table TV households by technology - 2000 - 2012
        • Table Digital receiver sales by technology (historic) - 2006 - 2009
      • TV-over-DSL (IPTV)
        • Table Telekom Austria IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2011
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable and satellite TV households - 2000 - 2013
        • Table UPC Austria revenue and annual change - 2005 - 2013
        • Table UPC Austria subscribers by service - 2006 - 2013
      • Satellite TV
      • Digital terrestrial TV
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF AUSTRIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Mobile call minutes - 2003 - 2014
      • Table Mobile retail market revenue (regulator data) - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Average subscriber use of services - 2012 - 2013
      • Table Active mobile providers
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) - 2005- 2016
        • Table Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G - 2004 - 2014
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Regulatory authority
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 3G licence results - 2000
        • Table 450MHz licence results - 2006
        • Table GSM spectrum distribution among MNOs (MHz) - 2010
        • Table 2.6GHz spectrum auction results - September 2010
        • Table Multi-spectrum auction results - Oct 2013
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2010 - 2013
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination charges by operator - 2008 - 2011
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
        • Table 2G spectrum allocations by operator
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
        • Table 3G spectrum allocations by operator
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange
        • Table Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) - 2009 - 2012
      • 3 Austria
        • Table 3 Austria subscribers - 2009 - 2013
        • Table 3 Austria revenue and annual change - 2008 - 2013
        • Table 3 Austria annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2013
      • A1
        • Table A1 subscribers (Austria) - 2000 - 2013
        • Table A1 - mobile financial data - 2004 - 2013
        • Table A1 annualised monthly ARPU - 2004 - 2013
      • T-Mobile
        • Table T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue - 2003 - 2013
        • Table T-Mobile Austria subscribers - 2004 - 2013
        • Table T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU - 2006 - 2013
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid - 2004 - 2013
        • Table A1 prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2013
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2004 - 2014
        • Table A1 SMS sent - 2006 - 2012
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2005 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Smartphone penetration - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Smartphones in use - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Mobile data services revenue as proportion of total - 1999 - 2014
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2008 - 2014
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • Enhanced data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile TV
      • Femtocells
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce
      • Mobile VoIP
      • Machine-to-Machine
        • Table M2M connections - 2012 - 2014
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2007 - 2012; 2020
      • Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2007 - 2012; 2020
      • Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2007 - 2012; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2006 - 2010; 2012 - 2015
      • UMTS forecasts
        • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2006 - 2015
      • Mobile ARPU forecasts
        • Table Forecast mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2010; 2012 - 2015

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