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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 jump in net profit for Q1 2013; telecom market revenue showing continued contraction; Telekom pursues new DSL vectoring strategy; fixed-telephony interconnection rates set to 2014; T-Mobile merges with US MNO MetroPCS; Orange and Telekom joint procurement venture comes on-stream; regulator sets new pricing for access to Telekom’s infrastructure; Vodafone acquires KDG for €7.7 billion; O2 buys KPN’s mobile unit for €5 billion; regulator approves new LLU access charges to mid-2013; regulator’s market data for 2012; VATM market data for 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

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 (Telekom, TD)
5.2.1 Operator overview and statistics
5.2.2 Structural review
5.2.3 Strategy
5.2.4 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
6.5 Cloud developments
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2012
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Telecom market investment: Telekom and altnets (regulator data) – 1998 - 2004
Table 9 – Fixed-line investments, Telekom and altnets – 2005 - 2012
Table 10 – New entrants’ market share of revenue, investment – 2008 - 2012
Table 10 – New entrants’ market share of subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
Table 11 – Telecom service by type; annual change – 2009 - 2012
Table 12 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2009 - 2012
Table 13 – Telecom market revenue: Telekom and altnets (regulator data) – 1998 - 2004
Table 14 – Telecom market revenue: Telekom and altnets (regulator data) – 2005 - 2013
Table 15 – Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile (regulator data) – 1998 - 2012
Table 16 – IT revenue – 2008 - 2013
Table 17 – Telekom Deutschland unbundled lines – 2008 - 2013
Table 18 – CPS, Call by Call and direct call traffic – 2007 - 2012
Table 19 – PreSelection lines – 1999 - 2012
Table 20 – Historic - Fixed-line market revenue – 1998 - 2004
Table 21 – Fixed-line market revenue – 2005 - 2012
Table 22 – Fixed-telecom traffic, DT and altnets – 1998 - 2012
Table 23 – Fixed-telephony channels by type (VATM data) – 2006 - 2012
Table 24 – Fixed-telephony channels by type (regulator data) – 2010 - 2012
Table 25 – Competitor share of telephone channels (VATM data) – 1998 - 2012
Table 26 – Market share of altnet telephone channels by type – 2006 - 2011
Table 27 – Proportion of voice traffic by sector – 2005 - 2011
Table 28 – Altnet fixed-lines by type – 2005 - 2011
Table 29 – Telekom Deutschland domestic revenue – 2009 - 2013
Table 30 – Telekom Deutschland domestic subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2013
Table 31 – Deutsche Telekom Group financial data – 2005 - 2013
Table 32 – Vodafone fixed-line revenue – 2005 - 2013
Table 33 – Freenet fixed network subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2013
Table 34 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2013
Table 35 – Debitel subscribers data (historic) – 2004 - 2007
Table 36 – Debitel financial data (historic) – 2004 - 2007
Table 37 – Tele2 subscriber statistics by sector – 2007 - 2013
Table 38 – Tele2 revenue by sector – 2007 - 2013
Table 39 – O2 Germany subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2013
Table 40 – O2 Germany financial data – 2007 - 2013
Table 41 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2005 - 2012
Table 42 – Market share of fixed lines by type – 2012 - 2016
Chart 1 – Fixed-line investments, Telekom and altnets – 2005 – 2012
Chart 2 – Telecom market revenue – 2002 – 2013
Chart 3 – Telekom Deutschland unbundled lines – 2008 - 2013
Chart 4 – Fixed-line market revenue – 2005 – 2012
Chart 5 – Fixed-telephony channels by type (VATM data) – 2006 - 2012
Chart 6 – Market share of altnet telephone channels by type – 2006 – 2011
Chart 7 – Telekom Deutschland domestic revenue – 2009 - 2013
Chart 8 – Telekom Deutschland domestic subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2013
Chart 9 – Deutsche Telekom Group financial data – 2005 - 2013
Chart 10 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2013
Chart 11 – Tele2 subscriber statistics by sector – 2007 – 2013
Chart 12 – Tele2 revenue by sector – 2007 - 2013
Chart 13 –O2 Germany subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2013
Chart 14 –O2 Germany financial data – 2007 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 – Number portability defined

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