Spain - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts
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 Telefónica, operating under the Movistar brand, has launched a range of services offering fast data rates, while cablecos commonly provide 100Mb/s. The regulator has in recent years promoted fibre network sharing, 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, with fibre becoming one of the strongest growth sectors. Although several operators are investing in fibre, Telefónica is by far the dominant player. Operators are continuing to invest in their own networks, as well as networks being built through sharing arrangements. This report profiles 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.
Movistar and Vodafone increase FttP services to 200Mb/s; mobile broadband revenue overtakes fixed-line broadband; regulator sets pricing for competitors to access Telefónica's fibre network; Vodafone scales back joint fibre agreement with Orange followed the acquisition of ONO; Las Palmas completes initial stage of muni WiFi network; Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange agree to share vertical fibre-optic infrastructure; consortium develops FttP network in Extremadura; FttP accounting for a quarter of new broadband additions; regulator's market data updates to August 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.