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Spain - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Spain’s broadband penetration is on a par with the EU average, though subscribers have continued to contend with relatively high access prices and slow average data speeds. Nevertheless, the incumbent Movistar (formerly Telefónica) has launched 30Mb/s services, while some cablecos provide 100Mb/s. The regulator has in recent years promoted fibre network sharing, in 2013 developing a pricing structure for shared fibre infrastructure. The strong growth in the number of fibre broadband connections is beginning to tell on the sector’s dynamics. In this report we profile Spain’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as fibre, and broadband powerline. We also provide forecasts for broadband uptake to 2020.

Key developments:

Las Palmas completes initial stage of muni WiFi network; Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange agree to share vertical fibre-optic infrastructure; consortium develops FttH network in Extremadura; FttH accounting for a quarter of new broadband additions; regulator’s 2012 market data and updates to May 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movistar, Orange, ONO, Jazztel.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1.1 Broadband statistics
2.1.2 Access pricing
2.2 Government initiatives
2.2.1 Universal Broadband
2.2.2 State government
2.2.3 Regional government initiatives
3. Cable modems
3.1 ONO
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Movistar
4.2 Other DSL developments
4.3 ADSL2+
4.4 VDSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
5.1 Regulatory issues
5.2 Fibre market – 2013
5.3 Movistar
5.4 Orange/Vodafone
5.5 Operator co-operation
5.6 Other developments
5.6.1 Asturcón
5.6.2 Barcelona
5.6.3 Madrid
5.6.4 Extremadura
6. Wireless broadband
6.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.2 WiFi
6.3 WiMAX
6.4 Internet via satellite
6.5 Mobile broadband
7. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7.1 Forecasts – broadband subscribers 2008-2013; 2020
7.1.1 Scenario 1 – stronger broadband subscriber growth
7.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
7.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Broadband revenue, DSL and cable – 2003 - 2013
Table 2 – Total internet market revenue – 2006 - 2013
Table 3 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2004
Table 4 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Table 5 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 6 – Total broadband subscribers, DSL, cable, total – 2001 - 2013
Table 7 – Fixed-line broadband penetration – 2001 - 2014
Table 8 – Annual growth of broadband subscriptions by technology – 2004 - 2013
Table 9 – Number of broadband lines by data speed – 2005 – 2012
Table 10 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by sector – 2004 - 2012
Table 11 – Broadband lines by operator – 2009 - 2012
Table 12 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2012
Table 13 – Cable subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2012
Table 14 – ONO financial data by sector – 2006 - 2013
Table 15 – ONO residential RGUs by sector– 2006 - 2013
Table 16 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2012
Table 17 – Movistar naked DSL subscribers – 2009 - 2013
Table 18 – Movistar internet subscribers (Spain) – 2006 - 2013
Table 19 – Movistar internet revenue by sector (Spain, historic) – 2007 - 2011
Table 20 – Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain) – 2007 - 2013
Table 21 – JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 22 – FttH subscribers, consumers and business – 2009 - 2013
Table 23 – FttH subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2013
Table 24 – WiFi/WiMAX subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 25 – WiFi hotspots in service – 2003 - 2012
Table 26 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2012
Table 27 – Mobile broadband revenue and annual change – 2003 - 2012
Table 28 – Cost of mobile broadband services – 2011 - 2012
Table 29 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2008 - 2013; 2020
Table 30 – Forecast broadband penetration – higher market growth scenario – 2008 - 2013; 2020
Table 31 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2008 - 2013; 2020
Table 32 – Forecast broadband penetration – lower market growth scenario – 2008 - 2013; 2020
Chart 1 – Broadband revenue, DSL and cable – 2003 - 2013
Chart 2 – Total broadband subscribers, DSL, cable, total – 2001 - 2013
Chart 3 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by sector – 2004 - 2012
Chart 4 – Cable subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2012
Chart 5 – ONO financial data by sector – 2006 – 2013
Chart 6 – ONO residential subscribers by sector– 2006 - 2013
Chart 7 – Movistar internet subscribers (Spain) – 2006 - 2013
Chart 8 – Movistar internet revenue by sector (Spain, historic) – 2007 - 2011
Chart 9 – Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain) – 2007 - 2013
Chart 10 – JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Narrowband and broadband wireless licensees – 2000

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