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Austria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Austria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Austrian MVNOs double their market share of subscribers in a yearAustria’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent Telekom Austria and the cableco UPC Austria. There is good competition in the fixed-line broadband and mobile sectors, largely due to effective regulatory measures. América Móvil has a controlling interest in Telekom Austria, though in mid-2016 it reduced its stake in the incumbent in line with commitments made when it first bought into the operator in 2014.

Austria’s highly competitive mobile market continues to benefit from new entrants in the MVNO sector. The market has already undergone recent changes, with 3 Austria having acquired the network and assets of Orange Austria, a move which led a consolidation among three network operators: 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Telekom Austria’s own unit A1. The number of MVNOs has increased steadily, and by early 2016 the collectively had a 3.6% share of the market. Though this is relatively small, it was double the market share of a year earlier. Part of this growth in the MVNO sector is due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as part of its Orange take-over, was obliged to provide a third of its network capacity to support up to 16 MVNOs. The operators’ LTE networks have benefited from measures which have allowed operators to refarm existing 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE, while spectrum in the 700MHz has also been set aside for mobile broadband use once this band is released from broadcasters.

The Austrian fixed-line broadband market continues to be dominated by the DSL sector, which rapidly overtook cable as the preferred access method. UPC Austria is the leading cable operator, while Telekom Austria retains a leading share of the DSL market. The operator 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. However, there has been a shift in investment towards fibre, with the incumbent having invested €400 million during 2015 to improve its networks, and with the government having allocated €1 billion in public funding to upgrade infrastructure nationally.

Key developments:

América Móvil sells 7.8% stake in Telekom Austria, reducing interest to 51.9%;
ZTE signs an MoU with 3 Austria to trial pre-5G technologies;
MVNOs secure 3.6% market share of subscribers;
LTE available to about 98% of the population;
700MHz spectrum to be assigned for mobile broadband use;
Public broadcaster ORF to transition to DVB-T2 standard by February 2019;
UPC Austria acquires regional cableco Kabel-TV Stadl-Paura;
Telekom Austria delivers 100Mb/s with G.fast technology;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q1 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Austria, Tele2 Austria, tele.ring, eTel Austria, UPC Austria, Orange Austria, 3 Austria, A1, Mundio, Lycamobile, Yesss!, M:Tel Austria, Hofer Telekom, Xlink, T-Mobile Austria.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Austria - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015
    • Table Internet users- 2015
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecoms revenue by sector - 2003 - 2016
      • Table Retail telecoms revenue by sector - 2003 - 2016
      • Table Telecoms sector investment by type - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telecom traffic by sector - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Average fixed-line residential subscriber use of services - 2014 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications
      • Telekom Control Commission
      • Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
    • EU REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • REVISED NFR
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELEKOM AUSTRIA
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Fibre access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Ported geographic numbers by year - 2006 - 2015
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table CPS and CbC lines - 2004 - 2015
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELEKOM AUSTRIA
      • Table Telekom Austria Group financial data - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Telekom Austria financial data - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Telekom Austria: PSTN and ISDN access lines - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Telekom Austria traffic statistics, annual change - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Telekom Austria financial data by sector - 2009 - 2016
      • Consolidating European markets
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 financial data by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Tele2 subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • TELE.RING
    • UPC AUSTRIA
      • Table UPC Austria revenue - 2005 - 2016
      • Table UPC Austria subscribers - 2006 - 2016
    • ETEL AUSTRIA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and household teledensity - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and household teledensity - 2010 - 2017
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • STRUCTURAL SEPARATION
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • WHOLESALING
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Broadband penetration of households - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Broadband downloaded traffic - 2012 - 2015
        • Table ICT development - households with computers, internet, broadband (%) - 2002 – 2015
        • Table ICT development - businesses with computers, internet, websites (%) - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Broadband connections by data rate - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Market share of broadband connections by technology - 2013 - 2015
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Total fixed-line broadband penetration - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Revenue from retail and wholesale broadband connections - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Broadband market share by platform - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband market share by provider - 2013 - 2016
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • UPC Austria
        • Table UPC Austria broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table UPC Austria revenue - 2005 - 2016
      • Regional broadband
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Telekom Austria: retail and wholesale DSL lines - 2005 - 2016
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2016
    • G.FAST
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP connections - 2011 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • BPL
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Fixed-line wireless broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • 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/Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Internet via satellite
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Regulating wholesale access
      • Wholesale market
        • Table Bitstream access lines by type - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Bitstream and resale access revenue - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Telekom Austria unbundled lines - 2004 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Cable TV
      • Satellite TV
      • Digital terrestrial TV
      • DVB-T2
      • Bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services - 2012 - 2015
    • MAJOR PLAYERS
      • UPC Austria
        • Table UPC Austria revenue - 2005 - 2015
        • Table UPC Austria cable TV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Telekom Austria IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP, MESSAGING, CONFERENCING
      • VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
        • Table VoIP/VoB lines - 2013 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • Table Online advertising expenditure - 2005 - 2015
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile market revenue by service - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale - 2000 - 2016
      • Table Average mobile subscriber use of services - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Active mobile providers
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010- 2017
        • Table Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid - 2004 - 2015
        • Table A1 prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile call minutes - 2003 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Text messaging revenue - 2013 - 2016
        • Table A1 SMS sent - 2006 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband download speed by technology - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Households broadband penetration by fixed/mobile platform - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband traffic - 2008 - 2017
        • Table A1 mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by provider - 2013 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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 - 2016
        • Table European roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination charges by operator (historic) - 2008 - 2011
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table 2G spectrum allocations by operator
        • Table 3G SIM cards in service - 2009 - 2016
        • Table 3G spectrum allocations by operator
        • Table LTE SIM cards in service - 2013 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table GSM SIM cards in service - 2012 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange Austria
        • Table Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) - 2009 - 2012
      • 3 Austria (Drei Austria)
        • Table 3 Austria active subscribers - 2013 - 2016
        • Table 3 Austria registered subscribers - 2009 - 2016
        • Table 3 Austria financial data - 2008 - 2016
        • Table 3 Austria annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2016
      • A1
        • Table A1 subscribers (Austria) - 2000 - 2016
        • Table A1 - mobile financial data - 2004 - 2016
        • Table A1 monthly ARPU - 2004 - 2016
      • T-Mobile Austria
        • Table T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue - 2003 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile Austria subscribers - 2004 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU - 2006 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce
      • Mobile VoIP
      • Machine-to-Machine
        • Table M2M SIM cards - 2012 - 2016
        • Table A1 M2M connections - 2015 - 2016
      • Mobile TV
      • Femtocells

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