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Spain - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Spain - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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.

Key developments:

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 to August 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movistar, Orange, Vodafone, Lebara, Lycamobile.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Spain's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.1.1 Operator market shares
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
3.1.1 Network sharing
3.1.2 Spectrum trading
3.1.3 Licence auction 2005
3.1.4 Spectrum auction 2011: 800MHz, 900MHz, 2.6GHz
3.1.5 700MHz
3.2 Roaming
3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Digital
4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
4.2.1 Vodafone
4.2.2 Telefónica Móviles
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Movistar
5.2 Vodafone
5.3 Orange
5.3.1 Bid for Jazztel
5.4 Yoigo (Xfera Moviles)
5.4.1 Company sale
5.5 MVNOs
6. Mobile voice services
6.1 Prepaid
7. Mobile messaging
7.1.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
7.1.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8. Mobile data services
8.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
8.3 Enhanced data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
8.4 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
8.5 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
8.5.1 Movistar
8.5.2 Vodafone
8.5.3 Orange
8.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.6.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
8.7 Femtocells
8.8 Mobile TV
8.8.1 Movistar
8.8.2 Vodafone
8.8.3 Orange
8.8.4 Sogecable (Prisa)
9. Mobile content and applications
9.1.1 Content cooperation
9.1.2 Near Field Communications (NFC)
9.1.3 M-commerce
9.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecasts mobile ARPU 2005-2011; 2015
10.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Mobile retail market revenue and annual change 2000 - 2014
Table 2 Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes 2000 - 2014
Table 3 Mobile market revenue by sector 2006 - 2013
Table 4 Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors 2000 - 2013
Table 5 Average mobile market revenue per connection (contract, prepaid) 2008 - 2013
Table 6 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile price index 2009 - 2012
Table 9 Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators 2001 - 2013
Table 10 Mobile subscribers by technology platform 2001 - 2011
Table 11 Base stations in service, by technology 2001 - 2013
Table 12 Subscriber market share by operator 2004 - 2014
Table 13 European roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 14 European retail voice and data roaming charges 2012 - 2014
Table 15 European wholesale voice and data roaming charges 2012 - 2014
Table 16 Annual number portings 2002 - 2014
Table 17 Mobile termination rates by operator 2007 - 2013
Table 18 Mobile interconnection revenue 2003 - 2013
Table 19 Orange UMTS subscribers (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Movistar mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 21 Movistar ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 22 Movistar mobile financial data 2006 - 2014
Table 23 Vodafone revenue by type (old style) 2007 - 2013
Table 24 Vodafone revenue by type (new style) 2013 - 2014
Table 25 Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid 2006 - 2014
Table 26 Vodafone mobile traffic statistics 2006 - 2014
Table 27 Vodafone ARPU 2006 - 2014
Table 28 Vodafone Spain customer churn 2007 - 2014
Table 29 Vodafone mobile customer retention cost 2007 - 2014
Table 30 Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract 2005 - 2014
Table 31 Orange mobile service revenue 2006 - 2014
Table 32 Orange ARPU by sector (annual rolling) 2005 - 2014
Table 33 Orange ARPU by sector (per month) 2012 - 2014
Table 34 Orange mobile customer acquisition costs 2007 - 2014
Table 35 Orange customer churn 2007 - 2014
Table 36 Yoigo subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 37 Yoigo financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 38 Yoigo mobile service revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 39 MVNO subscriber market share 2007 - 2014
Table 40 Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract 2006 - 2014
Table 41 SMS revenue and messages sent 2006 - 2013
Table 42 Premium SMS revenue and messages sent 2005 - 2010
Table 43 MMS revenue and messages sent 2004 - 2013
Table 44 Mobile broadband revenue 2003 - 2013
Table 45 Mobile datacards per UMTS and HSPA 2006 - 2014
Table 46 Mobile data traffic 2012 - 2013
Table 47 Mobile TV subscribers by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 48 Mobile TV revenue 2007 2014
Table 49 M2M lines 2004 - 2014
Table 50 Forecast mobile monthly ARPU 2005 - 2011; 2015
Chart 1 Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes 2000 - 2014
Chart 2 Mobile market revenue by sector 2006 - 2013
Chart 3 Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors 2000 - 2013
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2004 - 2015
Chart 5 Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators 2001 - 2013
Chart 6 Subscriber market share by operator 2004 2014
Chart 7 Movistar mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Chart 8 Movistar ARPU 2005 - 2014
Chart 9 Vodafone revenue by type (old style) 2007 - 2013
Chart 10 Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid 2006 - 2014
Chart 11 Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract 2005 - 2014
Chart 12 Orange ARPU by sector (annual rolling) 2005 - 2014
Chart 13 Yoigo subscribers 2007 - 2014
Chart 14 Yoigo financial data 2008 - 2014
Chart 15 Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract 2006 - 2014
Chart 16 Mobile datacards per UMTS and HSPA 2006 - 2014
Chart 17 Mobile TV subscribers by operator 2008 - 2014
Exhibit 1 3G licence results in Spain March 2000
Exhibit 2 Overview of spectrum allocations 2011
Exhibit 3 Overview of MVNOs

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