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Italy - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2015
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Economic parameters: GDP, investment – 2009 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed and mobile market investment – 2004 - 2015
      • Table Share of fixed-line and mobile sector investment by operator – 2010 - 2015
      • Table Fixed and mobile market revenue – 2010 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • EU REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 - 2016
      • Fibre access
      • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
      • Bitstream access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings – 2010 - 2014
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Telecom Italia fixed-network accesses – 2008 - 2016
      • Table New entrant fixed-line accesses by type – 2008 - 2016
      • Table New entrant fixed-line access market share – 2013 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line services revenue market share by operator – 2009 - 2013
    • TELECOM ITALIA (TIM)
      • Financial and operating performance
        • Table Telecom Italia fixed network revenue by sector (old reporting) –2006 - 2012
        • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue by sector – 2012 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia Group financial data – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia accesses by sector – 2006 - 2016
      • Organisational change
      • Functional separation
      • Spin-off plan aborted
      • Company sale
    • WIND TELECOM
      • Table Wind subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Wind annualised fixed-line ARPU – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Wind financial data – 2006 - 2016
    • BT ITALIA
    • TISCALI
      • Table Tiscali subscribers (Italy) –2007 - 2016
      • Table Tiscali revenue by sector – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Tiscali financial data – 2008 - 2016
    • FASTWEB
      • Fastweb operational data
        • Table Fastweb financial data (€) –2005 - 2009
        • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) –2008 - 2016
        • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) –2008 – 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-line accesses (Telecom Italia and altnets) –2008 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line access market share by operator – 2010 - 2016
    • INTERNATIONAL
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Next Generation Network (NGN)
        • Table NGA lines and proportion of total lines – 2010 - 2016
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart Cities
      • Smart meters
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1991 - 2009
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Total fixed retail broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2015
        • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by speed – 2009 - 2016
      • Government support
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Regional development
    • FORECASTS – BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Broadband lines by speed – 2010 - 2016
      • Table NGA access lines in service – 2011 - 2016
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Table DSL market share by operator – 2011 - 2016
      • Wholesale market
      • Telecom Italia
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband ARPU – 2006 – 2016
        • Table Telecom Italia internet revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Fastweb
        • Table Fastweb financial data – 2005 - 2015
        • Table Fastweb broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Tiscali
        • Table Tiscali broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Tiscali financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Wind Telecom
        • Table Wind broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • ADSL2+
      • Vectoring DSL
      • Naked DSL
        • Table Naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
      • Telecom Italia
      • Fastweb
      • Other networks
        • Table Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2016
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Wireless LANs/Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Internet via satellite
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table TV revenue by main operator – 2009 - 2013
      • Table TV market share of subscribers by broadcaster – 2010 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by broadcaster – 2009 - 2015
      • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2009
      • Table TV revenue by platform (Pay, FTA) –2009 - 2015
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • ADVERTISING
      • Table Online advertising revenue by type– 2009 - 2015
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • VoIP
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Telecom Italia
      • Wind
      • Fastweb
      • Tiscali
      • Other developments
    • VIDEO-ON-DEMAND (VOD)
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Satellite TV penetration – 2007 - 2016
      • Sky Italia
        • Table Sky Italia retail subscribers – 2006 - 2016
        • Table Sky Italia financial data (€) –2007 - 2017
      • TivùSat
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • Table DTTV ASO by region – 2008 - 2012
    • ANALOGUE SWITCHOVER
    • DIGITAL TV NETWORK
      • Table Mediaset financial data (Italy) –2006 - 2016
    • DIGITAL CINEMA
    • PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDERS (PVRS)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market revenue – 2008 – 2016
        • Table Annual revenue per active SIM – 2008 - 2013
        • Table Revenue by service – 2009 - 2013
        • Table Mobile market investment – 2004 - 2013
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2004 - 2016
        • Table Prepaid and contract cards in service – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of prepaid and contract cards in service – 2010 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS/MMS and other data revenue – 2008 - 2013
        • Table SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone data as proportion of service revenue – 2005 - 2013
        • Table Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone SMS traffic – 2014 - 2016
      • 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
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table UMTS auction results – 2000
        • Table UMTS auction results – 2009
        • Table Spectrum allocations at auction – 2011
        • Table Total spectrum outlay by operator (€) –2011
      • 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 – 2016
        • Table Annual mobile numbers portings – 2002 – 2016
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination rates – 2008 - 2014
      • Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Wind Tre (3 Italia/Wind)
        • Table 3 Italia registered mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
        • Table 3 Italia active mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2016
        • Table 3 Italia annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
        • Table 3 Italia mobile revenue – 2008 - 2016
        • Table 3 Italia mobile EBITDA, capex – 2011 - 2016
      • TIM
        • Table TIM mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
        • Table TIM mobile revenue by sector – 2008 - 2016
      • Vodafone Italy
        • Table Vodafone subscribers – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone fixed-line revenue by sector – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone revenue by sector – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone mobile revenue by sector (new style) –2014 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) –2004 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone mobile customer cost – 2007 - 2017
      • Wind Telecom
        • Table Wind operational statistics and mobile revenue – 2005 – 2016
        • Table Wind annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Wind mobile subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2016
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Tiscali mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2016
        • Table MVNO market share of MVNO subscribers – 2010 - 2016
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Femtocells
      • Mobile TV
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile banking/ticketing
      • Payment services
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

Italy - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Italian government awards €1.4 billion contract to extend fibre-based broadband

Italy’s large telecom market boasts one of the highest rates for mobile penetration in Europe, while the fibre-optic sector has seen significant development in recent years, both in operator investment and in regulatory measures to widen the availability of superfast broadband services. Broadband uptake is growing steadily as a result of fibre and ADSL2+ infrastructure upgrades, though the country still lags behind benchmark countries for average broadband access speeds. The government is investing €4 billion to provide superfast broadband across the country, with a major contract recently awarded to the utility Enel to roll out fibre in six regions.

The vibrant mobile market has undergone considerable changes since 2016. For some years it was dominated by three operators, TIM, Vodafone Italia and Wind, with the fourth player 3 Italia having steadily made progress with securing customers to its network. The owners of 3 Italia and Wind in mid-2015 agreed to merge their units, a process which gained regulatory clearance in October 2016. The new merged entity, trading as Wind Tre, began offering services 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 Wind Tre’s infrastructure to enable it to offer services while its own network is being developed.

All providers operate LTE networks, and significant investments in network upgrades have led to considerable growth in mobile data and high-end applications. Telecom Italia has also trialled LTE broadcast technology and is cooperating with Huawei and Ericsson to develop a platform for 5G services.

This report analyses the key aspects of the Italian telecom market, providing the latest data and statistics on the country and the fixed network services sector. It also reviews the key regulatory issues including number portability and local loop unbundling. In addition, the report assesses the broadband market, including the burgeoning fibre sector, regulatory measures aimed at increasing the availability of services, and the status of government infrastructure in the sector. It also provides broadband forecasts to 2021. The report reviews the mobile market, including statistics, key regulatory issues, an assessment of mobile data services and an evaluation of the market following the merger of Wind and 3 Italia and the market entry of Iliad.

Key developments:

Wind and 3 Italia begin operations as Wind Tre;

EC evaluates Rome smart grid deployment;

TIM commits to deliver FttP/FttB to an additional 138 cities by 2018;

EOF secures €1.4 billion government contract to provide fibre-based broadband to six regions;

Fastweb delivering 500Mb/s service to 7.5 million premises;

SINFI infrastructure registry helping to reduce cost of deploying fibre by a third;

Milan’s Metroweb acquired by Enel;

Fastweb joins TIM in fibre venture;

Vodafone extends LTE coverage 90% of the population;

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

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

Broadcasters move from DVB-MHP to the HTML-5 based HbbTV 2.0 format;

TivùSat reports over 2.6 million active cards;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Italia (TIM), Fastweb, Wind Tre, Wind telecom, BT Italia, Tiscali, Metroweb, Fastweb, Vodafone, Wind, Sky Italia, TivùSat.


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