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Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Greece’s telcos invest more in fibre to reach 2025 goals

Greece’s telecoms market has suffered from tough economic conditions in recent years, leading to lower sector overall revenue and investment. Operators across the board have seen gross profits tumble year after year, and the continuing economic turmoil will make market conditions particularly difficult during the next few years. The dominant player remains the incumbent telco OTE, which has experienced significant challenges but is supported by the organisational ability and financial clout of its parent Deutsche Telekom, which now owns a 45% stake in the company.

Broadband penetration in Greece is developing steadily despite the difficult economic conditions. The main operators have nevertheless secured loans to enable them to build fibre-based next generation networks and so reach the European broadband targets for 2025. Consumers in Greece have limited choices, since the country remains the only one in Europe with a single access network, there being no cable platform and only a very limited reach of fibre infrastructure thus far.

Greece’s well-developed mobile market is dominated by the three mobile network operators Wind Hellas, Vodafone Greece and Cosmote. Operators continue to invest in LTE infrastructure and technologies to provide networks capable of meeting customer demand for data services. This in turn is helping the operators to offset declining revenue from voice and SMS services. Wind Hellas and Vodafone have a mobile network sharing deal and have partnered to develop a large-scale fibre-based fixed-line NGN.

The regulator has set in train the release of spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz band for 5G use, anticipating spectrum auctions to be held during 2019, with services being launched in urban areas by late 2019 and nationally by 2020. In October 2018 Wind Hellas announced plans to trial 5G during 2019, initially in Kalamata.

This report introduces the key aspects of the Greek fixed-line telecoms, wholesale and IT market, outlining the regulatory environment, assessing the major players and providing relevant operational data and financial statistics on both the operators and the market. The report also covers the fixed-line broadband segment, as also the mobile voice and data markets, covering regulatory and sector developments as well as reviews of the key players.

Key developments:

Ericsson deploys NB-IoT for Cosmote in 11 cities;
Vodafone completes acquisition of Cyta Hellas;
Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas pay €201.45 million to extend 1800MHz licences to end-2035;
Cosmote trials carrier aggregation technology providing data at up to 1.2Gb/s, launches LTE-A Pro services;
Alternative operators able to access OTE’s VDSL vectoring technology;
Wind Hellas providing 1Gb/s in fibre trials, extends fibre sharing venture with Vodafone Greece;
Amended laws reducing SIM card penetration;
2G spectrum refarmed for 3G and LTE use;
OTE extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras;
Government sells 5% stake in OTE to Deutsche Telekom;
Report update includes the regulator’s market review and annual report for 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Greece, OTE (Cosmote), Wind Hellas, Forthnet (Nova), Wind Hellas, On Telecoms, Tellas, On Telecoms


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Greece – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services – 2005 - 2016
      • Table Retail revenue from fixed-telephony services – 2014 - 2016
      • Table Telecom revenue by provider – 2004 - 2016
      • Table Telecom sector investments – 2004 - 2016
      • Table Licensed telcos' financial performance (regulator data) –2000 – 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
        • Table Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator – 2011 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line interconnection traffic by operator – 2010 - 2016
      • Access
        • Table LLU and shared access lines – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Cosmote LLU lines – 2006 - 2017
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Annual fixed number portings – 2004 - 2016
      • Carrier selection and carrier preselection
        • Table CPS lines – 2004 - 2013
        • Table WLR lines – 2009 - 2013
      • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table OTE share of fixed-line call traffic – 2005 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line traffic – 2004 - 2016
    • OTE (HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION, OTE)
      • Table OTE Group financial data – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Cosmote subscriber data – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Cosmote company financial data by sector– 2013 - 2018
    • WIND HELLAS
    • FORTHNET (NOVA)
      • Table Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Forthnet Company financial data – 2009 - 2018
    • VODAFONE GREECE
    • CYTA HELLAS
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2016
      • Table OTE and altnet fixed lines in service – 2005 - 2016
      • Table OTE and altnet share of fixed lines – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
      • OTE
        • Table OTE PSTN lines in service – 2005 - 2017
        • Table OTE market share of fixed-lines in service – 2005 - 2017
      • NGN
        • Table Next Generation Network household access penetration – 2011 - 2016
      • Alternative operators
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cables
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Market share of broadband lines by speed – 2012 - 2016
        • Table Average DSL broadband line data rate – 2008 - 2016
        • Table DSL lines by platform/provider – 2012 - 2016
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2018
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table OTE retail DSL subscribers – 2007 – 2018
        • Table Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone retail DSL subscribers – 2012 – 2018
        • Table OTE fibre/VDSL subscribers – 2013 - 2018
        • Table VDSL as proportion of all fixed broadband connections – 2013 - 2016
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Overview
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • Videostreaming
        • Table Cosmote TV subscribers – 2009- 2018
        • Table IPTV subscribers – 2012- 2017
        • Table Forthnet pay-TV subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • OVERVIEW
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration – 1996 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
        • Table Mobile and fixed-line traffic – 2004 - 2016
        • Table Mobile ARPU – 2011 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Mobile service retail revenue and annual change – 2003 - 2016
        • Table Mobile revenue (retail and wholesale) –2010 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of mobile revenue by service – 2015 - 2016
        • Table Mobile service EBITDA and annual change – 2003 - 2014
        • Table Mobile service capex – 2001 - 2014
        • Table Registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Ratio of registered prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Cosmote prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone proportion of prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • 2G (GSM)
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Messaging Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table Total SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2016
        • Table Total MMS messages sent – 2009 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Mobile data traffic – 2009 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of mobile data traffic by technology platform– 2015 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile interconnection traffic by type – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile Termination Rate – 2009 - 2016
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile number portings – 2004 - 2016
      • Spectrum refarming
      • 900MHz and 1800MHz licence renewal
      • 1800MHz
      • 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction
      • 3.4GHz
      • Network sharing
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Wind Hellas
      • Vodafone Greece
        • Table Vodafone subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone ARPU – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone financial data – 2008 - 2019
        • Table Vodafone SMS messages sent – 2014 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone mobile data traffic – 2014 - 2018
      • Cosmote
        • Table Cosmote mobile financial data – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Cosmote annualised ARPU – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Cosmote mobile data revenue – 2015 - 2017
        • Table Cosmote subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS

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