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Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Spain’s telcos sign more fibre sharing agreements

Spain’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, supported by a population of more than 46 million. The poor economic climate which followed the GFC in 2008/9 was exacerbated by high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. 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. Revenue from the telecom sector has grown since 2016 in line with the overall economic recovery. The improved business climate should augur well for the sector into 2019.

Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average and there remains room for further growth, particularly in the mobile broadband segment which has been supported by continuing investment in infrastructure among operators, with a particular emphasis on 5G. There is effective competition from four MNOs and a growing number of resellers and MVNOs. This competition, together with regulated roaming and mobile termination rates, has driven down the cost of mobile calls. The market has seen considerable changes in recent years, including the acquisition of Yoigo by Másmóvil, by which the latter has become a full-service provider.

Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain have acquired fixed-line operators in a bid to compete more effectively with Telefónica in bundled service offerings. Másmóvil, operating under the Yoigo banner, has also become one of the main FttP providers in the country through its own network infrastructure as well as through network share agreements with Telefónica, Vodafone Spain and Orange Spain.

In recent quarters Spain’s broadband market has shifted from copper to fibre infrastructure. By mid-2018 fibre accounted for half of all fixed broadband connections. Telefónica continues to invest heavily in fibre infrastructure while its recent access deal with Vodafone Spain has significantly increased the latter’s footprint. Vodafone offers a 1Gb/s service across much of its network, while in the cable sector the company has also invested in DOSCIS3.1 technology.

This report on the Spanish telecom market provides sector statistics and profiles of the main players, as also an analysis on the main regulatory issues. The report also examines the fixed and wireless broadband markets, noting developments in technologies including fibre and broadband powerline. In addition the report covers statistics and analyses on the mobile voice and data sectors, including an appraisal of regulatory issues and technologies, and the strategies of the major providers in a fiercely competitive market.

Key developments:

Regulator concludes 3.7GHz spectrum auction;
Telefónica joins the 5G Technological Cities project;
Orange Spain teams up with Ericsson to trial 5G;
Vodafone Spain launches Spain’s first NB-IoT network;
Vodafone Spain contracts Huawei to upgrade its HFC network with DOCSIS3.1, launches a 1Gb/s broadband service to four million premises;
Regulator sets pricing for competitors to access Telefónica’s fibre network;
Fibre broadband accounting for 50% of all fixed-line broadband connections;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica (Movistar), Orange Spain, Vodafone Spain, Lebara, Lycamobile, Másmóvil, YouMobile, Ono, Jazztel


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Spain – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue annual change – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Telecom retail revenue annual change, by sector – 2002 - 2017
      • Table Telecom investment and annual change – 2000 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • GENERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • ACCESS
      • Table Subscribers by type of access – 2006 - 2017
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings – 2007 - 2018
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier PreSelection lines – 2006 – 2017
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers, by major operator – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers by minor operator – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-lines in service by major operator – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line (direct line) subscriber market share by major operator – 2010 – 2017
      • Table Fixed-line price index (old style) – 2004 - 2011
      • Table Fixed-line price index (new style) – 2010 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line revenue – 2006 - 2017
    • TELEFÓNICA
      • Table Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Telefónica de España EBITDA – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Telefónica de España revenue by type (old style) – 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 consumer and business wireline line revenue – 2015 - 2018
      • Table Telefónica de España access lines by service – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain, old style) – 2005 - 2014
      • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses (new style) – 2014 - 2018
    • ORANGE SPAIN
      • Table Orange subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Orange EBITDA, capex – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Orange revenue – 2007 - 2018
      • Jazztel
        • Table Jazztel financial data (historic) – 2008 - 2015
        • Table Jazztel revenue by sector (historic, new style) – 2012 - 2015
        • Table JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers (historic) – 2008 - 2015
    • VODAFONE ESPAÑA
      • Table Vodafone financial data (old style) – 2008 - 2012
      • Table Vodafone revenue by type (£, new style) – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Vodafone revenue by type (€) – 2013 - 2018
      • Ono
        • Table Ono financial data by sector (historic) – 2006 - 2014
        • Table Ono RGUs by sector (historic) – 2006 - 2014
    • MÁSMÓVIL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-line traffic – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2003 - 2018
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGN)
      • Table NGN installed lines by access type – 2009 – 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart Cities – Barcelona
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Government initiatives
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2013
        • Table Total broadband subscribers, DSL, cable, fibre, total – 2001 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration – 2001 - 2018
        • Table Annual growth of broadband subscriptions by technology – 2004 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband lines by data rate (old style) – 2004 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband lines by data rate (new style, Mb/s) – 2016 - 2017
        • Table Broadband lines by major operator – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Broadband lines by minor operator – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Share of broadband lines by operator – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Total internet market revenue – 2006 - 2017
        • Table Broadband revenue by platform – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Broadband traffic – 2011 - 2015
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers –– 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers by major operator (regulator data) – 2009 - 2018
      • Table DSL subscribers by minor operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar internet subscribers – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector – 2005 - 2018
      • ADSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Regulatory issues
      • Fibre market
        • Table FttP subscribers, consumers and business – 2008 - 2017
        • Table FttP lines by operator – 2009 - 2018
        • Table FttX lines installed – 2009 - 2014
        • Table Másmóvil broadband accessible premises – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Másmóvil broadband subscriber share by platform – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Másmóvil broadband subscribers – 2016 - 2018
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar fibre (Fusión) broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Movistar wholesale fibre connections – 2016 - 2018
      • Vodafone Spain
        • Table Vodafone Spain broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
      • Orange Spain
        • Table Orange Spain broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange Spain broadband ARPU/ARPO – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange Spain connectable fibre premises – 2016 - 2018
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
        • Table Wi-Fi/WiMAX/LMDS subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Satellite broadband
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2015
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table IPTV revenue – 2005 - 2017
      • Table IPTV subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Telefónica IPTV/satellite pay-TV subscribers – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Orange IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Table E-commerce revenue – 2014 - 2016
      • Table E-commerce transactions – 2011 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of businesses with a website – 2003 - 2018
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile retail market revenue and annual change– 2000 - 2018
      • Table Mobile market revenue by sector – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
        • Table Mobile price index – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Mobile subscribers by technology platform – 2002 - 2014
        • Table Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Base stations in service, by technology – 2001 - 2015
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2004 - 2018
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS revenue and messages sent – 2005 - 2017
        • Table MMS revenue and messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband (data only) subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband lines by type (voice and data) – 2011 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration – 2011 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband traffic – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband revenue and annual change – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Cost of mobile broadband services – 2012 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual number portings – 2002 - 2018
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile interconnection revenue – 2003 - 2014
        • Table Mobile termination rates by operator – 2007 - 2013
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2018
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M lines – 2004 - 2018
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
        • 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 service revenue by type (new style, €) – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone mobile service revenue by type – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone mobile voice traffic statistics – 2006 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone mobile data traffic statistics – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone ARPU – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone Spain customer churn – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Vodafone mobile customer retention cost – 2007 - 2018
      • Orange Spain
        • Table Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Orange mobile service revenue – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Orange ARPU by sector (annual rolling) – 2005 - 2014
        • Table Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Orange ARPU/ARPO by sector (per month) – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Orange customer churn – 2007 - 2018
      • Yoigo (Másmóvil)
        • Table Yoigo subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Yoigo financial data – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Yoigo mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2016
        • Table Yoigo financial data (€) – 2016 - 2018
      • MVNOs
        • Table MVNO mobile subscribers and market share – 2006 - 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS

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