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Spain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Spain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Spain’s fibre network sharing helps boost growth in FttP connections

In recent years the value of Spain’s telecom market has fallen, with the sector affected by the poor economic climate resulting in high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. However, a five-year recession, with tumbling GDP, effectively ended in 2014 when the economy showed a steady return to growth for four quarters in succession. Growing confidence among investors was palpable during 2015, and the improved business climate augurs well for the sector into 2016.

Mobile penetration is high and growing steadily, 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. 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 in a global economy.

The strong growth in the number of fibre broadband connections is beginning to tell on the broadband sector’s dynamics, with fibre becoming one of the strongest areas. Although several operators are investing in fibre, Telefónica is by far the dominant player. Operators are continuing to invest in their own networks, as well as networks being built through sharing arrangements.

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 termination rates, has driven down the cost of mobile calls in recent years. 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.

The digital media market has also developed strongly in line with investments in fixed-line infrastructure. This has resulted in rapid increases in the number of in next generation network access lines. The focus on faster networks, encouraged by the government and facilitated by regulatory measures promoting access to networks, is increasingly dependent on fibre. The videostreaming market is increasingly competitive, with Netflix having entered the market in mid-2015, competing with Telefónica’s popular Yomvi service and Vodafone’s new Vodafone One service.

This report assesses the key aspects of the Spanish telecom market, providing statistics on the fixed-network services sector and profiles of the main players. The report examines the telcos’ strategies to address an increasingly competitive environment, and also assesses the main regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. In addition, the report reviews the fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as fibre, and broadband powerline. It includes statistics and market analyses on the mobile sector, detailing the major providers and MVNOs and analysing a range of mobile data services.

Key developments:

Telefónica moving to a virtual network for a third of its international infrastructure by 2016;
New government pressed to revitalise telecoms sector;
Euskaltel completes its acquisition of the Galician operator R Cable;
Movistar boosts fibre to 300Mb/s;
Regulator sets pricing for competitors to access Telefónica’s fibre network;
Vodafone scales back joint fibre agreement with Orange following its acquisition of Ono;
FttP accounting for a third of all fixed-line broadband connections;
Netflix launches services in Spain;
Jazztel launches Jazzbox OTT platform;
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 investing up to €1.5 billion to provide 95% population coverage with LTE by 2017;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to October 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Telefónica, Jazztel, Ono, Movistar, Vodafone, Lebara, Lycamobile, MasMovil, YouMobile, Canal+, Prisa TV.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2014
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue annual change - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom retail revenue by sector - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Telecom retail revenue annual change, by sector - 2002 - 2014
      • Table Telecom investment and annual change - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of fixed-line and mobile traffic - 2000 - 2013
      • Avanza Plan
      • General Telecommunications Act
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • EU REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue - 2008 - 2015
    • ACCESS
      • Table Access lines by type (regulator data) - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Subscribers by type of access - 2006 - 2015
      • Table NGA lines by platform - 2011 - 2015
      • Table NGA lines by operator - 2010 - 2013
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings - 2007 - 2015
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier PreSelection lines - 2006 - 2015
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-line market share of revenue by operators - 2007 - 2011
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers, by major operator - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-lines in service by major operator - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers by minor operator - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line (direct line) subscriber market share by major operator - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line subscriber market share (Telefónica, cablecos) - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line price index (old style) - 2004 - 2011
      • Table Fixed-line price index (new style) - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Household penetration of telephony services, by type - 2004 - 2013
      • Table Household penetration of telecom and broadcasting services, by type - 2012 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line revenue - 2008 - 2013
    • TELEFÓNICA
      • Table Telefónica Group financial data - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica de España EBITDA - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica de España revenue by type - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica de España fixed-line revenue by sector (historic) - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Telefónica de España wireline line revenue by type - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica de España access lines by service - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain, old style) - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain, new style) - 2014 - 2015
      • Company restructure
      • Telefónica Digital
    • ORANGE
      • Table Orange subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Orange EBITDA, capex - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Orange revenue - 2007 - 2015
    • VODAFONE ESPAÑA
      • Table Vodafone financial data (old style) - 2008 - 2012
      • Table Vodafone revenue by type (new style) - 2013 - 2016
    • JAZZTEL
      • Table Jazztel financial data - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Jazztel revenue by sector (old style) - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Jazztel revenue by sector (new style) - 2012 - 2015
      • Table JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2015
    • ONO
      • Table Ono financial data by sector - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Ono RGUs by sector- 2006 - 2014
      • Sale to Vodafone
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2003 - 2016
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGN)
      • Table NGN lines by access type - 2010 - 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable
    • IT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Cloud computing
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart Cities - Barcelona
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Broadband revenue, DSL and cable - 2003 - 2015
      • Government initiatives
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Total internet market revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Total broadband subscribers, DSL, cable, fibre, total - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Annual growth of broadband subscriptions by technology - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Number of broadband lines by data speed - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of broadband subscribers by sector - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Broadband lines by major operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Broadband lines by minor operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Share of broadband lines by operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Broadband revenue by technology - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Average traffic per broadband connection - 2011 - 2014
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers -- 2017; 2015; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2015
      • Ono
        • Table Ono financial data by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Ono RGUs by sector- 2006 - 2014
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers by major operator - 2009 - 2015
      • Table DSL subscribers by minor operator - 2009 - 2015
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Movistar naked DSL subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar internet subscribers (Spain) - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Movistar internet revenue by sector (Spain, historic) - 2007 - 2011
        • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain) - 2007 - 2015
      • Other DSL developments
        • Table JAZZTEL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Regulatory issues
      • Fibre market
        • Table FttP subscribers, consumers and business - 2009 - 2015
        • Table FttP lines by operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table FttX lines installed - 2009 - 2014
        • Table FttP revenue - 2009 - 2014
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar fibre (Fusión) broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Vodafone - Orange joint venture
      • Jazztel
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Narrowband and broadband wireless licensees - 2000
      • Wi-Fi
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots in service - 2003 - 2012
      • WiMAX
        • Table Wi-Fi/WiMAX subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • Satellite broadband
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Audiovisual revenue by service - 2007 - 2014
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
      • Table Bundled services subscribers by package - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of bundled services by package - 2012 - 2013
      • Table Market share of quintuple play services by prov1der - 2012 - 2014
      • Table Market share of quad play services by prov1der - 2012 - 2014
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table IPTV revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Table IPTV subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Telefónica
        • Table Telefónica pay-TV subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Jazztel
      • Orange
        • Table Orange IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • Netflix
      • Other developments
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • VoIP
        • Table VoIP lines in service - 2009 - 2014
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Table TV revenue by technology - 2002 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV market subscribers by technology - 2002 - 2015
      • Table Digital TV revenue by operator - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2015
      • Regulatory environment
      • Pay DTTV
      • Interactive TV
      • Smart TVs
      • Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 1999 - 2015
        • Table Cable TV revenue - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Ono financial data by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Ono cable TV RGUs - 2006 - 2014
      • Satellite TV
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 1997 - 2015
        • Table Satellite broadcasting revenue - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Prisa Group financial data - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Prisa (Canal+) DTH subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV subscribers - 2009 - 2015
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Table E-commerce revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of businesses with a website - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of businesses providing online financial/banking - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of businesses receiving/making orders online - 2007 - 2016
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile retail market revenue and annual change- 2000 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market revenue by sector - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Average mobile market revenue per connection (contract, prepaid) - 2008 - 2014
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Mobile price index - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Mobile subscribers by technology platform - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Base stations in service, by technology - 2001 - 2013
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Subscriber market share by operator - 2004 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes - 2000 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS revenue and messages sent - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Premium SMS revenue and messages sent - 2005 - 2010
        • Table MMS revenue and messages sent - 2004 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband (data only) subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband lines by type (voice and data) - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband traffic - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband revenue and annual change - 2003 - 2015
        • Table Cost of mobile broadband services - 2011 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 3G licence results in Spain - March 2000
        • Table Overview of spectrum allocations - 2011
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
        • Table European retail voice and data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
        • Table European wholesale voice and data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual number portings - 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination rates by operator - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Mobile interconnection revenue - 2003 - 2014
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration - 2014 - 2015
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Femtocells
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M lines - 2004 - 2015
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Movistar ARPU - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Movistar mobile financial data - 2006 - 2015
      • Vodafone Spain
        • Table Vodafone revenue by type (old style) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Vodafone revenue by type (new style) - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone mobile traffic statistics - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone ARPU - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone Spain customer churn - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone mobile customer retention cost - 2007 - 2016
      • Orange
        • Table Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Orange mobile service revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Orange ARPU by sector (annual rolling) - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Orange ARPU by sector (per month) - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Orange mobile customer acquisition costs - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Orange customer churn - 2007 - 2015
      • Yoigo (Xfera Moviles)
        • Table Yoigo subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Yoigo financial data - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Yoigo mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2015
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO subscriber market share - 2007 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-TV
        • Table Mobile TV subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Mobile TV revenue - 2007 - 2015

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