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


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

The German mobile market is the largest in Europe, with the number of subscribers approaching 117 million. In common with most developed markets, the main driver for growth is in mobile data, with the number of mobile broadband subscribers having increased rapidly in recent years on the back of universally available 3G infrastructure and an extensive reach of LTE networks. Operators have invested in MIMO and carrier aggregation technologies to provide improved data rates on their networks. Looking forward, there is also increasing activity in 5G, with Telekom intending to provide 5G across its networks from 2020, and Telefónica Germany also active in deploying a 5G-antenna solution.

The mobile market is dominated by the three MNOs Telefónica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone Germany, though there is effective competition from a large number of resellers and MVNOs. This has placed pressure on voice and data tariffs, resulting in lower ARPU. Regulatory pressure on roaming charges and mobile termination rates have also eroded operator revenue, and encouraged them to step-up their development of data applications to improve profits.

This report provides key statistics and analyses on the mobile market, including an overview of the main operators and their strategies for dealing with competition and emerging technologies in coming years, as also an assessment of recent regulatory developments and spectrum auctions.

Key developments:

Telekom Deutschland launches NB-IoT network; Telefónica Germany expands mobile banking service; Vodafone Germany increases LTE speeds to 500Mb/s; universal broadband dependant on licence conditions concerned with rural areas; Telefónica Germany reports having over 15.6 million LTE customers; Deutsche Telekom commits to 5G across its network footprint; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2016, VATM's 2017 market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Deutschland, Vodafone, E-Plus, O2, Freenet, CallMobile.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Operator market shares
3.3 Mobile voice
3.4 Mobile data services
3.4.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.5 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.2.1 3G
4.2.2 2.6GHz
4.2.3 Multi-spectrum auction - 2015
4.2.4 800MHz-2.6GHz
4.3 Roaming
4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3 5G developments
5.4 Internet of Things (IoT)
5.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Telekom Deutschland
6.2 Vodafone Germany
6.3 Telefónica Germany
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile banking
7.2 M-payments
7.3 Mobile Cloud
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Historic - Mobile market revenue 1998 2009
Table 4 Mobile market revenue 2010 2017
Table 5 Mobile revenue; MNOs and MVNOs 2010 - 2017
Table 6 Telecom traffic, fixed and mobile (per day) 1998 2018
Table 7 Average use per SIM card by service 2011 - 2016
Table 8 Prepaid customer share of all subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 9 Mobile operator share of retail revenue 2008 - 2017
Table 10 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2000 - 2017
Table 11 Mobile data sent 2005 - 2017
Table 12 Historic - SMS annual message traffic 1998 - 2009
Table 13 SMS annual message traffic 2010 - 2017
Table 14 SMS sent per day 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Mobile 3G/LTE data users 2009 - 2018
Table 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2017
Table 17 European roaming charges 2007 - 2016
Table 19 Mobile number portings 2009 - 2013
Table 20 Mobile termination tariffs by operator 2007 - 2013
Table 21 Telefónica Deutschland LTE subscribers 2014 - 2017
Table 22 O2 Germany M2M connections 2014 - 2017
Table 23 Telekom Deutschland mobile financial data (Germany) 2005 - 2017
Table 24 Telekom Deutschland subscribers 2001 - 2017
Table 25 Telekom Deutschland average consumer monthly churn (Germany) 2009 - 2017
Table 26 Vodafone Germany ARPU 2008 - 2017
Table 27 Vodafone Germany customer churn 2007 - 2017
Table 28 Vodafone Germany voice and data usage 2005 - 2017
Table 29 Vodafone Germany mobile subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 30 Vodafone Germany financial data 2003 - 2018
Table 31 Vodafone mobile customer cost 2007 - 2017
Table 32 O2 subscribers contract and prepaid 2005 - 2017
Table 33 O2 monthly ARPU 2006 - 2017
Table 34 O2 mobile revenue 2006 - 2017
Table 35 O2 mobile revenue by type 2011 - 2017
Table 38 Freenet Group subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 39 Freenet Group ARPU 2007 - 2017
Table 40 Freenet (mobile) financial data 2007 - 2017
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2018
Chart 2 Telecom traffic, fixed and mobile (per day) 1998 2018
Chart 3 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2017
Chart 4 SMS annual message traffic 2005 - 2017
Chart 5 O2 subscribers contract and prepaid 2005 - 2017
Chart 6 O2 monthly ARPU 2006 - 2017
Chart 7 Freenet Group subscribers 2007 - 2017
Chart 8 Freenet Group ARPU 2007 - 2017
Chart 9 Freenet (mobile) financial data 2007 2017
Exhibit 1 3G auction results August 2000
Exhibit 2 Spectrum auction results (700MHz, 900MHz, 1.5GHz, 1.8GHz) June 2015
Exhibit 3 Spectrum auction results (800MHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz) May 2010
Exhibit 4 Spectrum auction block allocations (800MHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz) May 2010
Exhibit 5 Spectrum auction assignments by operator (800MHz) May 2010

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