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Spain - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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The value of Spain’s telecom market has contracted since the high of 2007. Worth €40 billion in 2009, it fell to €37.3 billion in 2011 and is likely to fall for the next two years at least as consumers adjust to high unemployment, negative GDP growth and a tightening of domestic budgets. Mobile penetration is high and growing steadily, while broadband uptake is backed by continuing investment in infrastructure in a bid to address the relatively slow data speeds available. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to the incumbent’s DSL and FttH networks, which has stimulated fibre roll-outs. The newly elected conservative government will be pressed to implement policies which encourage the ICT sector, secure the development of NGNs and ensure that Spain has a vibrant telecoms infrastructure to enable it to compete effectively in a global economy.

This report introduces the key aspects of the Spanish telecom market, providing statistics on the fixed-network services sector, and profiling the main players and their strategies to meet an increasingly competitive environment. The report also assesses the main regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection.

Key developments:

New government pressed to revitalise telecoms sector; Telefónica considers asset sales; telecom revenue falls nearly 5% in 2011; regulator agrees to 6.8% increase in LLU charges; Telefónica eyes Middle East market through deal with Etisalat, develops new organisational structure; new indirect access model to be introduced for 2012; ONO secures a US$1 billion bond issue; Telefónica planning to invest US$14.6 billion in Brazil to 2014; revised wholesale broadband access regulations for 2012; 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:

Orange, Telefónica, Jazztel, ONO.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Economic background
3.2 Overview of Spain’s telecom market
3.3 E-commerce
3.4 Avanza Plan
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 EU regulatory framework
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Spain
4.3.1 Privatisation of Telefónica
4.3.2 Interconnect
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number portability
4.3.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.3.6 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Overview of operators
5.2 Telefónica
5.2.1 Company restructure
5.2.2 Telefónica Digital
5.3 Orange
5.4 Vodafone España
5.5 Jazztel
5.6 ONO
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Satellite networks
6.2.2 Submarine cable
6.3 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2013 (e)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – May 2013
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – May 2013
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – May 2013
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2012
Table 9 –Telecom revenue annual change – 2000 - 2012
Table 10 – Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2005 - 2012
Table 11 – Telecom retail revenue annual change, by sector – 2002 - 2012
Table 12 – Telecom investment and annual change – 2000 - 2012
Table 13 – Proportion of fixed-line and mobile traffic – 2000 - 2012
Table 14 – E-commerce revenue – 2005 - 2013
Table 15 – Wholesale interconnection revenue – 2007 - 2012
Table 16 – Access lines by type (regulator data) – 2008 - 2011
Table 17 – Subscribers by type of access – 2006 - 2011
Table 18 – Carrier PreSelection lines – 2006 - 2013
Table 19 – Fixed-line market share of revenue by operators – 2007 - 2011
Table 20 – Fixed-line subscribers, by operator – 2008 - 2012
Table 21 – Fixed-line subscriber market share, by operator – 2009 - 2012
Table 22 – Fixed-line price index – 2004 - 2011
Table 23 – Household penetration of telephony services, by type – 2004 - 2011
Table 24 – Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 - 2013
Table 25 – Telefónica de España EBITDA – 2007 - 2013
Table 26 – Telefónica de España revenue by type – 2007 - 2013
Table 27 – Telefónica de España fixed-line revenue by sector (historic) – 2005 - 2011
Table 28 – Telefónica de España wireline line revenue by type – 2011 - 2013
Table 29 – Telefónica de España access lines by service – 2005 - 2013
Table 30 – Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain) – 2007 - 2013
Table 31 – Orange subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2013
Table 32 – Orange EBITDA, capex – 2007 - 2012
Table 33 – Orange revenue – 2007 - 2013
Table 34 – Vodafone financial data – 2008 - 2013
Table 35 – Jazztel financial data – 2008 - 2013
Table 36 – Jazztel revenue by sector – 2008 - 2013
Table 37 – JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 38 – ONO financial data by sector – 2006 - 2013
Table 39 – ONO residential RGUs by sector– 2006 - 2013
Table 40 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2003 - 2013
Chart 1 – Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2012
Chart 2 – Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2005 - 2012
Chart 3 – Subscribers by type of access – 2006 - 2011
Chart 4 – Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 - 2013
Chart 5 – Telefónica de España revenue by type – 2007 - 2013
Chart 6 – Telefónica de España fixed-line revenue by sector (historic) – 2005 - 2011
Chart 7 – Telefónica de España access by service – 2005 – 2013
Chart 8 – Telefónica de España wholesale access by type – 2005 - 2013
Chart 9 – Orange subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2013
Chart 10 – Vodafone financial data – 2009 - 2013
Chart 11 – Jazztel revenue by sector – 2008 - 2013
Chart 12 – JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Chart 13 – ONO financial data by sector – 2006 – 2013
Chart 14 – ONO residential RGUs by sector– 2006 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop

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