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Italy - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Italy - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Italian government steps in to invoke special powers over Telecom Italia

Italy’s large telecom market has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Europe and has benefitted from progressive government programs aimed at developing the fibre broadband sector. The number of broadband subscribers is growing steadily though the DSL segment has begun to contract as subscribers are migrated to the fibre platform. The fibre sector is spearheaded by efforts from Telecom Italia and supplemented by investments from other telcos and municipal governments. Regulatory measures have also been introduced to facilitate access to NGNs, while the government is investing €4 billion to provide broadband across the country. The wholesale provider Open fibre has thus far secured two of the three tenders to extend fibre-based broadband access to underserved areas.

The vibrant mobile 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. Services are expected to be launched in early 2018, and given the success of its operations in its home market of France the company is expected to make considerable waves in the Italian mobile segment.

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 and assigned a number of cities which are the test-beds for future 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 main regulatory issues including number portability and local loop unbundling. In addition the report covers the fixed-line and mobile broadband markets, including the burgeoning fibre sector. The report also reviews the mobile market, including statistics, regulatory issues and an assessment of mobile data services. It profiles the major providers and assesses the impact of emerging technologies on their strategies for coming years.

Key developments:

Government steps in to invoke special powers over Telecom Italia;

Global Cloud Xchange announces plans to build the EAGLE submarine cable system linking Italy to Hong Kong;

FiberCo coordinating fibre deployments to 20 million people in 15 cities;

Telecom Italia commits to deliver FttP/FttB to an additional 138 cities by 2018, reconsiders spinning off access network into separate company;

Infratel opens consultation on third broadband project;

Regulator consults on extending 3.5GHz licenses; Fastweb delivering 500Mb/s service to 7.5 million premises;

Milan’s Metroweb acquired by Enel;

Fastweb joins TIM in fibre venture;

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

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

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

Government selects operators for 5G technology trials in five cities;

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;

MVNO customer base exceeds 7.2 million;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Italia (TIM), Fastweb, BT Italia, Tiscali, Metroweb, Vodafone Italy, Wind Tre (3 Italia / Wind Telecom).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet and broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • 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 – 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 – 2017
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings – 2010 – 2015
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELECOM ITALIA (TIM)
      • Table Telecom Italia fixed network revenue by sector (old reporting) –2006 – 2012
      • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue by sector – 2012 – 2017
      • Table Telecom Italia Group financial data – 2005 – 2017
      • Table Telecom Italia domestic revenue – 2005 – 2017
      • Table Telecom Italia accesses by sector – 2006 – 2017
    • WIND TRE
      • Table Wind subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2017
      • Table Wind annualised fixed-line ARPU – 2006 – 2017
      • Table Wind financial data – 2006 – 2017
      • Table Wind Tre fixed-line revenue – 2015 – 2017
    • BT ITALIA
    • TISCALI
      • Table Tiscali subscribers (Italy) –2007 – 2017
      • Table Tiscali revenue by sector – 2006 – 2017
      • Table Tiscali financial data – 2008 – 2017
    • FASTWEB
      • Table Fastweb financial data (€) –2005 – 2009
      • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) –2008 – 2017
      • Table Fastweb financial data (CHF) –2008 – 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-line accesses (Telecom Italia and altnets) –2008 – 2017
      • Table Fixed-line access market share by operator – 2010 – 2017
      • Table Fixed-line penetration – 2005 – 2016
    • INTERNATIONAL
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table International internet bandwidth – 2005 – 2016
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Next Generation Network (NGN)
        • Table NGA lines and proportion of total lines – 2011 – 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 – 2018
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2016
        • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by speed – 2009 – 2017
        • Table Broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017
      • Government support
      • National Broadband Plan
    • FORECASTS – BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table NGA access lines in service – 2011 – 2016
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2017
      • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2011 – 2017
      • Telecom Italia
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2017
        • Table Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 – 2017
        • Table Telecom Italia broadband ARPU – 2006 – 2017
        • Table Telecom Italia internet revenue – 2007 – 2017
      • Fastweb
        • Table Fastweb broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2017
      • Tiscali
        • Table Tiscali broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2017
        • Table Tiscali financial data – 2008 – 2017
      • Wind Tre
        • Table Wind broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2017
        • Table Wind Tre fixed-line and broadband subscribers – 2015 – 2016
      • Vectoring DSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Altnet fibre broadband lines – 2012 – 2017
      • Telecom Italia
      • Fastweb
      • Other networks
        • Table Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2017
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
  • 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 – 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue – 2008 – 2016
        • Table Mobile market investment – 2004 – 2013
      • 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 voice
      • Mobile data
        • 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
      • 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
      • 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)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Wind Tre (3 Italia/Wind)
        • Table 3 Italia registered mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2017
        • Table 3 Italia active mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2017
        • Table 3 Italia annualised ARPU – 2008 – 2017
        • Table Wind operational statistics and mobile revenue – 2005 – 2017
        • Table Wind annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 – 2017
        • Table Wind mobile subscriber statistics – 2005 – 2017
        • Table Wind Tre spectrum allocations –2017
        • Table Wind mobile revenue – 2008 – 2017
        • Table Wind mobile EBITDA, capex – 2011 – 2017
        • Table Wind financial data – 2015 – 2017
        • Table Wind mobile financial data – 2015 – 2017
      • TIM
        • Table TIM mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2017
        • Table TIM mobile revenue by sector – 2008 – 2017
      • Vodafone Italy
        • Table Vodafone subscribers – 2001 – 2017
        • 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 – 2017
        • Table Vodafone mobile customer cost – 2007 – 2018
      • Iliad
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2016
        • Table Tiscali mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2017
        • Table Fastweb mobile subscribers – 2016 – 2017
        • 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

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