Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Spain’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, supported by a population of more than 46 million. 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 LTE widely available, the focus among operators has shifted to services based on 5G. Vodafone Spain was the first operator to launch a 5G network, in June 2019, while the other players are expected to wait until after the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz bad in mid-2020.

The fixed-line broadband sector has also been backed by investment in fibre infrastructure, enabling providers to develop improved bundled services and to compete more effectively. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to Telefónica’s DSL and FttP networks, while network sharing agreements have meant that Orange Spain, Vodafone Spain and Másmóvil have become significant operators. By mid-2019 fibre accounted for 62% of all fixed broadband connections. Telefónica alone expects to provide complete FttP coverage by 2024.

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. In addition, the report covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies, as well as analyses on the mobile sector, including an assessment of regulatory issues, a profile of the major providers, and a review of mobile data services and technologies including LTE and 5G. The report also provides fixed-line, broadband, mobile, and mobile broadband subscriber forecasts to 2024.

Key developments:

EllaLink submarine cable connecting Spain with Brazil to be ready in 2020;
Process to auction 694MHz-790MHz spectrum gets underway;
Telefónica joins the 5G Technological Cities project;
Orange and Vodafone sign revised network sharing agreement to include 5G;
Orange Spain adds ZTE as a 5G vendor partner;
Vodafone Spain launches 5G services;
Vodafone Spain contracts Huawei to upgrade its HFC network with DOCSIS3.1, launches a 1Gb/s broadband service to four million premises;
Movistar aiming to provide 100% FttP coverage by 2024;
Fibre broadband accounting for 62% of all fixed-line broadband connections
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Spain – 2019 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
  • Regulatory environment
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • GENERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers, by major operator – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers by minor operator – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Fixed-line (direct line) subscriber market share by major operator – 2010 – 2018
    • TELEFÓNICA
    • ORANGE SPAIN
      • Jazztel
    • VODAFONE ESPAÑA
      • Ono
    • MÁSMÓVIL
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGN)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart Cities – Barcelona
  • Broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Government initiatives
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2018
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Movistar
      • ADSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Regulatory issues
      • Fibre market
      • Movistar
      • Vodafone Spain
      • Orange Spain
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Satellite broadband
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • Mobile communications
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
      • Operator market shares
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Movistar
      • Vodafone Spain
      • Orange Spain
      • Másmóvil
      • MVNOs
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2013
    • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Broadband revenue by platform – 2003 – 2009
    • Table Historic - FttX lines installed – 2009 – 2014
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile retail market revenue and annual change– 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Annual number portings – 2002 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers by technology platform – 2002 – 2014
    • Table Historic - Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2004 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Base stations in service, by technology – 2001 – 2015

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