The German mobile data market has enormous potential for growth following massive investments by the four network operators to upgrade networks supporting mobile data services. The regulator anticipated future growth in coming years by auctioning spectrum in the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz bands, as well as refarming spectrum below 1GHz for use by mobile broadband. Operators have fast-tracked the development of data-rich applications to improve profit margins as voice ARPU continues to fall in response to competition from resellers and regulatory measures on roaming and termination rates. Mobile TV has not yet caught the public imagination: the national DVB-H licence holder Mobile 3.0 withdrew services soon after launch, partly sabotaged by network operators having introduced handsets allowing users to access free-to-air DVB-T channels.
This report provides key statistics and analysis on the mobile data market in Germany, focussing on data services as well as technologies including HSPA and LTE. It also analyses market players’ strategies to exploit data revenue in coming years.
E-Plus and O2 deploy Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology; Telekom Deutschland trials LTE 4×4 MIMO to provide up to 250Mb/s; O2 launches urban LTE service; m-ticketing developments; demise of mobile TV; regulator opens consultation for use of 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for post-2016; more than 6,000 LTE base stations active; coverage requirements for 800MHz licensees reached; O2 planning VoLTE trial in early 2014; TD plans €2.5 billion network investment to address future mobile data traffic, plans to extend LTE to 200 cities by end-2013; Vodafone launches cloud service; MNOs step up m-payments platform; VATM market data for 2012; regulator's 2012 market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 2013.
Companies covered include:
Telekom Deutschland, O2, Vodafone, E-Plus.