Spain - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Spain has one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, with effective competition from four MNOs and a growing number of resellers and MVNOs. 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. The auction of additional spectrum early in 2016 will help operators keep pace with the growth in demand for mobile data. In late 2015 Telefónica set up a test bed in Madrid to develop 5G technologies. Both Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain have acquired fixed-line operators in a bid to compete more effectively with Movistar in their bundled service offerings.
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.
Regulator prepares to auction spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands, increases spectrum allowance which telcos can hold; Vodafone trials LTE broadcast technology, progresses with VoLTE and VoWi-Fi; Telefónica launches home security service based on M2M; Orange Espana acquires Jazztel, boosting its ability to compete in the converged services market, plans to invest up to 1.5 billion to provide 95% population coverage with LTE by 2017; Telefónica contracts Nokia Networks to upgrade and expand its LTE networks; mobile revenue continues to fall in line with a decline in the number of subscribers; number portability placing greater pressure on operators; Yoigo launches LTE services, develops VoLTE; report update includes the regulator market's data updates to October 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.