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


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

Italian government begins funding multi-billion Euro broadband program

Italy’s boasts one of the largest large telecom markets in Europe, supported by a population approaching 61 million. The fibre-optic sector has seen significant development in recent years, both in operator investment and in regulatory measures aimed at improving access to networks for smaller operators. The government has also set in train a multi-billion Euro investment program to ensure super-fast broadband connectivity for most Italians by 2020. This program is being supplemented by the efforts of the main telcos including Telecom Italia and Fastweb. Vodafone Italia, too, has encroached on the fixed-line sector as it’s the company improves on its ability to compete in the provision of bundled services.

As a result of these developments, the take up of broadband services in Italy has grown rapidly in recent years. The mobile sector is also performing well, particularly in mobile data services as consumers respond positively to the improved capacity and reach of LTE infrastructure. This has also led to the continuing dwindle of the fixed-line sector as consumers adopt mobile-only solutions and VoIP as alternatives to PSTN.

Italy’s vibrant mobile market is dominated by three operators, TIM, Vodafone Italia and Wind, while the fourth player 3 Italia has steadily made progress in securing customers. The owners of 3 Italia and Wind in mid-2015 agreed to merge their units, a process which requires regulatory clearance but would, if cleared, create the county’s largest MNO and even out the relative market shares among the three.

The broadband market enjoys strong competition within the DSL sector, supplemented by a vibrant fibre sector spearheaded by efforts from Telecom Italia and supplemented by investments from other telcos and municipal governments. In the absence of effective cross-platform competition from cable networks, services based on upgraded DSL networks have benefited from the market entry of new players such as Vodafone.

This report analyses the key aspects of the Italian telecoms market, providing the latest data and statistics on the fixed network services sector including the key regulatory issues such as number portability and local loop unbundling, In addition, the report assesses the fixed-line and wireless broadband markets, as also the mobile market, providing statistics, analyses of regulatory measures, an assessment of mobile data services and an overview of the strategies of the major providers as they adopt emerging technologies and focus on the challenges for coming years.

Key developments:

3 Italia and Wind reach agreement to merge;
Vodafone pledges to extend LTE coverage to 90% of the population by the end of 2016;
Telecom Italia Mobile trials LTE broadcast technology;
Regulator extends 3G licences to 2029 and GSM licences to 2027;
Spectrum auction opens up LTE sector and delivers €3.945 billion for the government;
Government releases first tranche of public funds towards its €2.2 billion broadband investment program;
Fastweb planning 500Mb/s service to 7.5 million premises during 2016;
SINFI infrastructure registry helping to reduce cost of deploying fibre by a third;
Vodafone and Wind jointly roll out fibre with Metroweb;
Fastweb bundles broadband with Sky Italia;
Fastweb buys into Metroweb and deploys vectoring DSL technology;
Telecom Italia proceeds with rebranding exercise as TIM;
EC evaluates Rome smart grid deployment;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Italia, Wind, Fastweb, Tiscali, Sky Italia, TivùSat, 3 Italia, TIM, Vodafone Italia, Metroweb, BT Italia.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2013
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed and mobile market investment - 2004 - 2013
      • Table Share of fixed-line and mobile sector investment by operator - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Fixed and mobile market revenue - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Retail revenue, fixed and mobile market - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Retail fixed-line revenue by type - 2012 - 2013
      • Table Wholesale revenue, fixed and mobile market - 2012 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • EU REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Fixed termination rates by company - 2007 - 2010
    • ACCESS
      • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines - 2007 - 2015
      • Fibre access
      • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
      • Bitstream access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Historic - Cumulative numbers ported - 2002 - 2009
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Historic - CPS lines - 2005 - 2007
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Telecom Italia fixed-network accesses - 2008 - 2015
      • Table New entrant fixed-line accesses by type - 2008 - 2015
      • Table New entrant fixed-line access market share - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line services revenue market share by operator - 2009 - 2013
    • TELECOM ITALIA
      • Financial and operating performance
        • Table Telecom Italia fixed network revenue by sector (old reporting) - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue by sector - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia Group financial data - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia accesses by sector - 2006 - 2015
      • Organisational change
      • Functional separation
      • Spin-off plan aborted
      • Company sale
    • WIND TELECOM
      • Table Wind subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Wind annualised fixed-line ARPU - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Wind financial data - 2006 - 2015
    • BT ITALIA
    • TISCALI
      • Tiscali operational data
        • Table Tiscali subscribers (Italy) - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Tiscali revenue by sector - 2006 - 2015
    • FASTWEB
      • Fastweb operational data
        • Table Fastweb financial data (€) - 2005 - 2009
        • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Fastweb broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-line accesses (Telecom Italia and altnets) - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line access market share by operator - 2010 - 2015
    • INTERNATIONAL
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Next Generation Network (NGN)
        • Table NGA lines and proportion of total lines - 2010 - 2015
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart Cities
      • Smart meters
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 1991 - 2004
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Total fixed retail broadband subscribers by access type - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Broadband market share of revenue by operator (historic) - 2008 - 2010; 2012 - 2013
        • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Broadband lines by speed - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by speed: OLOs - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by speed: Telecom Italia with OLOs - 2009 – 2015
      • Government support
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Regional development
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2015; 2017; 2020
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2016
      • Table DSL market share by operator - 2011 - 2015
      • Wholesale market
      • Telecom Italia
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband ARPU - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Italia internet revenue - 2007 - 2014
      • Fastweb
        • Table Fastweb financial data - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Fastweb broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Tiscali
        • Table Tiscali subscribers (Italy) - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Tiscali financial data - 2008 - 2015
      • Wind Telecom
        • Table Wind broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • ADSL2+
      • Vectoring DSL
      • Naked DSL
        • Table Naked DSL lines - 2009 - 2015
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
      • Telecom Italia
      • Fastweb
      • Rival networks
      • 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 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by broadcaster - 2009 - 2013
      • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers by technology - 2003 - 2009
      • Table TV revenue by platform (Pay, FTA) - 2009 - 2014
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • ADVERTISING
      • Table Online advertising revenue by type- 2009 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of online advertising revenue by type- 2009 - 2013
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • VoIP
        • Table Telecom Italia VoIP subscribers - 2006 - 2012
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Telecom Italia
        • Table Telecom Italia IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2012
      • Wind
      • Fastweb
      • Tiscali
      • Other developments
    • VIDEO-ON-DEMAND (VOD)
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2011; 2015
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Satellite TV penetration - 2007 - 2015
      • Sky Italia
        • Table Sky Italia retail subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Sky Italia financial data (€) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Sky Italia financial data ($) - 2013 - 2015
      • TivùSat
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • Table DTTV ASO by region - 2008 - 2012
    • ANALOGUE SWITCHOVER
    • DIGITAL TV NETWORK
      • Table Mediaset financial data (Italy) - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Mediaset Premium active clients - 2007 - 2011
      • Table DTTV receivers, forecasts and annual change - 2004 - 2010
    • DIGITAL CINEMA
    • PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDERS (PVRS)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Annual revenue per active SIM - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Revenue by service - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Revenue per user, by service - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Mobile market investment - 2004 - 2013
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2004 - 2015
      • Prepaid
        • Table Prepaid and contract cards in service - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of prepaid and contract cards in service - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS/MMS and other data revenue - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone data as proportion of service revenue - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone SMS traffic - 2005 - 2013
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband traffic - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Wind Telecom mobile internet subscribers - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Wind Telecom mobile internet revenue - 2013 - 2015
    • 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 - 2011; 2014
      • Network sharing
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Cumulative mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Annual mobile numbers portings - 2002 - 2014
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination rates - 2008 - 2014
      • Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table UMTS/HSPA subscribers - 2004 - 2011
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • 3 Italia
        • Table 3 Italia registered mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table 3 Italia active mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2015
        • Table 3 Italia annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table 3 Italia mobile revenue - 2008 - 2015
        • Table 3 Italia mobile EBITDA, capex - 2011 - 2014
      • TIM
        • Table TIM mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table TIM mobile revenue by sector - 2008 - 2015
      • Vodafone Italy
        • Table Vodafone subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone fixed-line revenue by sector - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone revenue by sector - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone mobile revenue by sector (new style) - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone mobile customer cost - 2007 - 2016
      • Wind Telecom
        • Table Wind operational statistics and mobile revenue - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Wind annualised mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Wind mobile ARPU by service- 2012 - 2013
        • Table Wind mobile subscriber statistics - 2005 - 2015
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Tiscali mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2015
        • Table MVNO market share of MVNO subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Femtocells
      • Mobile TV
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile banking/ticketing
      • Payment services
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M deployments - 2005 - 2015

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