Spain has one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, with effective competition from four MNOs and a growing number of resellers. This competition, together with regulated roaming and MTRs, has driven down the cost of mobile calls in recent years though the number of subscribers has fallen since 2011 as customers cancel mobile lines due to the continuing economic crisis. The market has seen great changes, including the launch of services from Yoigo and the release of 900MHz frequencies for 3G services, as well as growing investment in network upgrades to support LTE and HSPA+ technologies. This report provides statistics and market analyses on the Spanish mobile sector, including an assessment of regulatory issues, a profile of the major providers, and an analysis of mobile data services such as SMS, MMS, i-mode, HSPA, LTE and mobile TV. Selected market mobile forecasts to 2015 are analysed.
Vodafone trials LTE broadcast technology, progresses with VoLTE and VoWiFi plans; Orange Espana makes a 3.4 billion bid for Jazztel, boosting it potential ability to compete in the converged services market; government plans release of 700MHz digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband use; Orange on track to cover 400 municipalities and about two-thirds of the population with LTE by end-2014; Telefónica contracts Nokia Networks to upgrade and expand its LTE networks; mobile revenue continues to fall as the number of subscribers plummets; rise in number portability places pressure on operators; 4G licences in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz band raise 1.65 billion; regulator proposes 80% cuts in MTRs to 2014; TeliaSonera cancels sale of Yoigo; Telefónica launches LTE in the 2.6GHz band, Yoigo launches LTE in Madrid; develops VoLTE technologies; regulator market data updates; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.