Spain - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
Spain's telecom market in recent years has fallen steadily, with the sector affected by the poor economic climate exacerbated by high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. However, a five-year recession, with falling GDP, effectively ended in 2014 when the economy showed a steady return to growth and this has been sustained since then: growing confidence among investors has been palpable since 2015, while economic growth is expected to be 3.1% for 2017. The improved business climate should augur well for the sector into 2018.
Mobile penetration is high and growing steadily if slowly, while broadband uptake is backed by continuing investment in infrastructure among operators in a bid to provide improved bundled services and so compete more effectively against other players. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to the incumbent's DSL and FttP networks, which has stimulated fibre roll-outs.
This report introduces the key aspects of the Spanish telecom market, providing statistics on the fixed-network services sector, and profiles of the main players. The report also assesses the main regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection.
EllaLink submarine cable connecting Spain with Brazil gets the go-ahead; Oran-Valencia (Orval) submarine cable now ready for service; government pressed to revitalise telecoms sector; new indirect access model introduced; Telefónica sells stake in Telxius network unit; revised wholesale broadband access regulations; regulator's market data updates to August 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.