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

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

Italy's vibrant mobile market continues to have one of the highest penetration rates in Europe. The market has undergone considerable changes in recent years following the merger of Wind and 3 Italia to become Wind Tre in January 2017. As a result of the merger the market gained a new entrant in the form of Iliad, which secured access to spectrum and to part of Wind Tre's infrastructure to enable it to offer services while its own network is being developed. The company launched services in May 2018.

Network operators have also been among the first in Europe to trial services based on 5G. To this end they have been helped by the regulator which made available spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for trial licenses, and assigned a number of cities which are the test-beds for future services. An auction of spectrum in a range of bands suitable for 5G is anticipated in September 2018.

This report provides an analytic overview of Italy's mobile market, including statistics, key regulatory issues and an assessment of mobile data services. It also profiles the major providers and the likely impact of emerging technologies on their strategies for coming years.Key developments:


Regulator raises 2 billion in 700MHz auction;

CK Hutchison completes purchase of VEONs 50% stake in Wind Tre;

TIM's LTE trials reach speeds of 1Gb/s;

Vodafone Italy and TIM settle into NB-IoT services over their LTE networks;

Regulator consults on extending licenses in the 3.5GHz band;

Vodafone Italy extends its 550Mb/s LTE-A service to seven cities;

Government selects operators for 5G trials in five cities;

TIM trials LTE broadcast technology, preps for 5G applications and services;

Regulator extends 3G licences to 2029 and GSM licences to 2027;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:


Wind Tre (3 Italia / Wind Telecom), Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Italia.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2019
      • Table Mobile subscribers (excluding M2M) - 2013 - 2019
      • Table Mobile market revenue - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Mobile market investment - 2004 - 2013
      • Table Mobile device and service price index - 2013 - 2017
    • OPERATOR MARKET SHARES
      • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Prepaid and contract cards in service - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of prepaid and contract cards in service - 2010 - 2017
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table TIM mobile subscribers - 2015 - 2018
      • 3G
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT)
      • M2M
        • Table M2M connections - 2008 - 2017
  • MOBILE VOICE
  • MOBILE DATA
    • SHORT MESSAGING SERVICE (SMS)
      • Table SMS/MMS and other data revenue - 2008 - 2013
      • Table SMS traffic - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Mobile data traffic - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Average data per SIM card per month - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Vodafone SMS traffic - 2014 - 2016
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICES (MMS)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Wind Telecom mobile internet subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Wind Telecom mobile internet revenue - 2013 - 2016
      • Table TIM mobile internet subscribers - 2013 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SPECTRUM REGULATIONS AND SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
      • Spectrum auctions - 2000
      • Spectrum auctions - 2011
      • Spectrum renewal
      • 3.5GHz
      • Spectrum auction - 2018
    • ROAMING
      • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
      • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
    • NETWORK SHARING
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Cumulative mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2017
      • Table Annual mobile numbers portings - 2002 - 2017
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • WIND TRE (3 ITALIA/WIND)
      • Table Historic - Wind mobile registered subscriber statistics - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Wind Tre registered mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2018
      • Table 3 Italia (Wind Tre) active mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • Table 3 Italia (Wind Tre) annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2018
      • Table Wind Tre operational statistics and mobile revenue - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Wind annualised mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Wind Tre mobile revenue - 2008 - 2018
      • Table Wind Tre mobile EBITDA, capex - 2011 - 2018
    • TIM
      • Table TIM mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2018
      • Table TIM mobile revenue by sector - 2008 - 2018
    • VODAFONE ITALY
      • Table Vodafone subscribers - 2001 - 2018
      • Table Vodafone fixed-line revenue by sector - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Vodafone mobile service revenue by sector - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (-) - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Vodafone mobile customer cost - 2007 - 2018
    • ILIAD
    • MVNOS
      • Table MVNO mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Tiscali mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Fastweb mobile subscribers - 2016 - 2018
      • Table MVNO market share of MVNO subscribers - 2010 - 2016
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • MOBILE BANKING/TICKETING
    • PAYMENT SERVICES
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections - 2013 - 2017
  • RELATED REPORTS

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