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Germany - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Germany has Europe’s largest telecom market, with average penetration in the broadband and mobile sectors. Both the fixed network and broadband markets are dominated by Telekom Deutschland, though other notable players including freenet, Vodafone and Telefónica have gained market share as the incumbent continues to rebound from poor recent performance.

This report introduces the key aspects of the German telecom market, providing comprehensive data on the country’s fixed network infrastructure as well as key regulatory developments including the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, and carrier preselection. It also profiles the major operators, and details the development of Next Generation Networks and the battle between the EC, the government and incumbent on NGN access.

Key developments:

Telekom reports significant fall in net profit in Q3 2012; telecom market revenue showing continued contraction; Telekom pursues new DSL vectoring strategy; fixed-telephony interconnection rates set to 2014; France Telekom and Telekom joint procurement venture comes on-stream; regulator approves new LLU access charges to mid-2013; regulator’s market data for 2011; VATM market data for 2011; telcos’ operating and financial data to September 2012; market developments to December 2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telekom Deutschland, freenet, BT Global Services, Tele2 Germany, Telefónica Germany.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Germany’s telecom market
3.2 Market analysis
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 EU regulatory framework
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Germany
4.3.1 Privatisation of Deutsche Telekom
4.3.2 Interconnect
4.3.3 Access
4.4 Number Portability (NP)
4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.6 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Telekom Deutschland
5.2.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.2.2 Structural review
5.2.3 Performance in 2012
5.2.4 Strategy
5.2.5 Sales and acquisitions
5.3 Vodafone
5.3.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.4 Freenet
5.4.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.5 Debitel
5.5.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.6 BT Global Services
5.6.1 Operator overview
5.7 Tele2
5.7.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.8 Telefónica
5.8.1 Operator overview and statistics
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite networks
6.4 Regulatory issues
6.4.1 Wholesaling
7. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Fixed-line investments, Telekom and altnets – 1998 - 2012
Table 9 – New entrants’ market share, select sectors – 2008 - 2011
Table 10 – Telecom service by type; annual change – 2009 - 2011
Table 11 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2009 - 2012
Table 12 – Telecom market revenue: Telekom and altnets (regulator data) – 1998 - 2012
Table 13 – Telecom market investment: Telekom and altnets (regulator data) – 1998 - 2012
Table 14 – Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile (regulator data) – 1998 - 2011
Table 15 – IT revenue – 2008 - 2012
Table 16 – Daily telecom traffic, fixed and mobile – 1998 - 2012
Table 17 – Telecom traffic, DT and altnets – 1998 - 2012
Table 18 – Competitor market share of services by type – 2009- 2011
Table 19 – Unbundled loops and access lines – 2003 - 2011
Table 20 – Telekom Deutschland unbundled lines – 2008 - 2012
Table 21 – Annual fixed-line portings – 2004 - 2012
Table 22 – CPS, Call by Call and direct call traffic – 2005 - 2011
Table 23 – PreSelection lines – 1999 - 2011
Table 24 – Fixed-line market revenue – 1998 - 2011
Table 25 – Fixed-telephony channels by type (VATM data) – 2006 - 2012
Table 26 – Competitor share of telephone channels (VATM data) – 1998 - 2011
Table 27 – Market share of altnet telephone channels by type – 2006 - 2011
Table 28 – Proportion of voice traffic by sector – 2005 - 2011
Table 29 – Altnet fixed-lines by type – 2005 - 2011
Table 30 – Telekom Deutschland domestic revenue – 2009 - 2012
Table 31 – Telekom Deutschland domestic subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
Table 32 – Deutsche Telekom Group financial data – 2005 - 2012
Table 33 – Vodafone fixed-line revenue – 2005 - 2012
Table 34 – Freenet fixed network subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2012
Table 35 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2012
Table 36 – Debitel subscribers data (historic) – 2004 - 2007
Table 37 – Debitel financial data (historic) – 2004 - 2007
Table 38 – Tele2 subscriber statistics by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 39 – Tele2 revenue by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 40 – O2 Germany subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 41 – O2 Germany financial data – 2007 - 2012
Table 42 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2005 - 2012
Table 43 – Market share of fixed lines by type – 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 – Fixed-line investments, Telekom and altnets – 1998 – 2012
Chart 2 – Telecom market revenue – 1998 – 2011
Chart 3 – Daily telecom traffic, fixed and mobile – 1998 - 2012
Chart 4 – Unbundled loops and access lines – 2003 - 2011
Chart 5 – Telekom Deutschland unbundled lines – 2008 - 2012
Chart 6 – Fixe-line market revenue – 1998 – 2011
Chart 7 – Fixed-telephony channels by type (VATM data) – 2006 - 2012
Chart 8 – Market share of altnet telephone channels by type – 2006 – 2011
Chart 9 – Telekom Deutschland domestic revenue – 2009 - 2012
Chart 10 – Telekom Deutschland domestic subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
Chart 11 – Deutsche Telekom Group financial data – 2005 - 2012
Chart 12 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2012
Chart 13 – Tele2 subscriber statistics by sector – 2007 - 2012
Chart 14 – Tele2 revenue by sector – 2007 - 2012
Chart 15 –O2 Germany subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
Chart 16 –O2 Germany financial data – 2007 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 – Number portability defined

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