2008 Europe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Italy and Malta

Publication Overview

This report covers Italy and Malta, together representing one of the largest and most influential telecom markets in Europe, as well as one of the smallest yet technologically proficient. The report analyses trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media including VoIP, VoD and IPTV developments.

·         Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;

·         Facts, figures and statistics;

·         Industry and regulatory issues;

·         Research, marketing, benchmarking;

·         Major players, revenues, subscribers, prepaid;

·         VoIP, IPTV, VoD, digital TV and DTTV;

·         Converging media, mobile broadband.

 

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster

Current publication date:- December 2008 (7th Edition)

Next publication date:- December 2009

Executive Summary

BuddeComm’s Italy and Malta annual publication, 2008 Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Italy and Malta, profiles key developments in one of Europe’s most sophisticated telecom markets, as well as one of its smallest. 

Italy’s mobile market remains among the more dynamic in Europe, supported by a large population keen to adopt new services and favouring the use of multiple SIMs. The DTH platform, Tivu, is supported by RAI, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media and is expected to be launched in mid-2009. 

Italy also has one of the most advanced fibre infrastructures, with FASTWEB and Telecom Italia among the top tier in Europe. Upgraded networks and the widening fibre footprint will provide a strong foundation for IPTV, VoD and IP delivered content in coming years.  

Malta has not lagged behind in technological developments, with the incumbent, GO, offering quad play services and Vodafone having built a national WiMAX network to complement its mobile offerings and provide more comprehensive bundled packages.  

This report presents a concise overview of the telecom markets in Italy and Malta, providing key statistics on operators’ offers and performances together with their strategies to adapt to the increasingly competitive scenarios expected in coming years. It also assesses regulatory changes and their implications, and analyses the emergence of convergence between the sectors and quad play services. 

Key highlights:

·         Malta’s third 3G operator, 3G Telecommunications, will enable its network builder, Melita Cable, to rival GO as the country’s second full service quad play provider in coming years.

·         Italy’s mobile market is one of the most advanced in Europe. Take-up of 3G is expected to reach more than 40% by 2009, among the highest proportions in Europe. Continued growth in coming years will be supported by the ongoing popularity of emerging mobile data services.

·         Italy’s broadband market is supported by the high proportion of people living in apartment blocks, short local loops, sympathetic regulatory measures and the co-operation of municipalities.

·         Italy’s fibre market remains one of the strongest in Europe, and will continue to mature in 2009 on the back of an important infrastructure sharing deal between FASTWEB and Telecom Italia and recent legislation to streamline administrative procedures. Lower building costs will help spread fibre beyond the main cities and to the majority of the population in coming years. 

Broadband penetration in Italy and Malta – 2005 - 2008

Year

Italy

Malta

2005

12%

12%

2006

15%

13%

2007

17%

19%

2008

22%

24%

(Source: BuddeComm) 

 

The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

·         This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band.

·         The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data.

·         All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities. 

For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this 100+ page report is essential reading and gives further information on:

·         The quad-play offers from Malta’s GO and Melita Cable, together with Vodafone’s WiMAX ambitions to enable it to compete effectively;

·         The structural separation plans for Telecom Italia and the company’s commitment to convergence;

·         The improved Local Loop Unbundling conditions in Italy and their effect on increasing broadband competition;

·         The strong demand for triple play services stimulating higher bandwidth connections in both Italy and Malta;

·         The changing face of converged media with widespread triple play services becoming a standard feature in homes.

 

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Italy
    • 1.1 Key statistics
    • 1.2 Telecommunications market
      • 1.2.1 Overview of Italy’s telecom market
    • 1.3 Regulatory environment
      • 1.3.1 Regulatory authority
      • 1.3.2 Telecom sector liberalisation in Italy
    • 1.4 Fixed network operators in Italy
      • 1.4.1 Overview of operators
      • 1.4.2 Telecom Italia
      • 1.4.3 Wind
      • 1.4.4 BT Italia
      • 1.4.5 Tiscali
      • 1.4.6 FASTWEB
    • 1.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
      • 1.5.1 National telecom network
      • 1.5.2 International
      • 1.5.3 Infrastructure developments
    • 1.6 Broadband market
      • 1.6.1 Overview
      • 1.6.2 Cable modems
      • 1.6.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • 1.6.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
      • 1.6.5 Wireless broadband
      • 1.6.6 Mobile broadband
    • 1.7 Convergence
      • 1.7.1 Overview of media convergence
      • 1.7.2 Key general trends
      • 1.7.3 Triple play models
      • 1.7.4 Quad play models
      • 1.7.5 Regulatory issues
      • 1.7.6 Digital TV (DTV)
    • 1.8 Mobile communications
      • 1.8.1 Overview of Italy’s mobile market
      • 1.8.2 Regulatory issues
      • 1.8.3 Mobile technologies
      • 1.8.4 Major mobile operators
      • 1.8.5 Mobile voice services
      • 1.8.6 Mobile data services
      • 1.8.7 Mobile content and applications
    • 1.9 Forecasts
      • 1.9.1 Forecasts – broadband subscribers to 2018
      • 1.9.2 Forecasts – mobile ARPU to 2013
      • 1.9.3 Forecasts – UMTS subscribers to 2013
  • 2. Malta
    • 2.1 Key statistics
    • 2.2 Telecommunications market
      • 2.2.1 Overview of Malta’s telecom market
    • 2.3 Regulatory environment
      • 2.3.1 History
      • 2.3.2 Regulatory authority
      • 2.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Malta
      • 2.3.4 Privatisation of Telemalta
      • 2.3.5 Interconnect
      • 2.3.6 Access
      • 2.3.7 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
      • 2.3.8 Number Portability (NP)
    • 2.4 Fixed network operators in Malta
      • 2.4.1 GO
      • 2.4.2 Melita Cable
    • 2.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
      • 2.5.1 National telecom network
      • 2.5.2 International infrastructure
    • 2.6 Fixed voice market
      • 2.6.1 Overview
    • 2.7 Broadband market
      • 2.7.1 Overview
      • 2.7.2 Bitstream access: DSL and cable networks
      • 2.7.3 Cable modems
      • 2.7.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • 2.7.5 Satellite broadband
      • 2.7.6 Wireless broadband
      • 2.7.7 Wholesaling
    • 2.8 Convergence
      • 2.8.1 Overview of media convergence
      • 2.8.2 Triple play models
      • 2.8.3 Digital TV
    • 2.9 Mobile communications
      • 2.9.1 Overview of Malta’s mobile market
      • 2.9.2 Regulatory issues
      • 2.9.3 Mobile technologies
      • 2.9.4 Major mobile operators
      • 2.9.5 Mobile voice services
      • 2.9.6 Mobile data services
    • 2.10 Forecasts
      • 2.10.1 Forecasts – broadband subscribers to 2018
  • 3. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Italy – 2008
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2006
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – March 2008
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – June 2008
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – March 2008
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – March 2008
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 8 – Fixed and mobile market investment (historic) and annual change – 2004 - 2005
  • Table 9 – Fixed termination rates by company – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 10 – Telecom Italia unbundled lines – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 11 – Unbundled loops and access lines – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 12 – LLU, shared access price - connection, monthly rental – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 13 – Forecast wholesale market share – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 14 – Numbers ported – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 15 – CPS lines – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 16 – Fixed telephony and broadband market forecasts – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 17 – Comparative fixed network expenditure – 2007
  • Table 18 – Fixed network market share per quarter – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 19 – Telecom Italia accesses by sector – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 20 – Telecom Italia financial data: domestic and total – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 21 – Telecom Italia fixed network revenue by sector – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 22 – Telecom Italia financial data by sector and annual change – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 23 – Wind subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 24 – Wind annualised fixed-line ARPU – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 25 – Wind financial data by sector and annual change – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 26 – Wind financial data by sector and annual change – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 27 – Tiscali subscribers by sector (Italy) – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 28 – Tiscali revenue by sector (Italy) – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 29 – Tiscali revenue breakdown by sector – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 30 – Tiscali ARPU – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 31 – Tiscali Group financial data – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 32 – FASTWEB financial data – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 33 – FASTWEB broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 34 – FASTWEB broadband ARPU – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 35 – Telecom Italia network distances – June 2008
  • Table 36 – Broadband market share by operator – 2007
  • Table 37 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1991 - 2008
  • Table 38 – Total fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 39 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 40 – Broadband penetration and market growth – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 41 – Broadband lines by operator and technology – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 42 – Operator share of broadband net adds – 2007
  • Table 43 – Broadband lines by access speed – March 2008
  • Table 44 – ADSL subscribers – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 45 – Telecom Italia broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 46 – Telecom Italia broadband ARPU – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 47 – Telecom Italia broadband revenue – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 48 – FASTWEB broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 49 – FASTWEB broadband ARPU – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 50 – Tiscali subscribers (Italy) – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 51 – Tiscali broadband revenue and ARPU (Italy) – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 52 – Wind Internet subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 53 – Naked DSL access charges – 2006
  • Table 54 – Fibre accesses – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 55 – Telecom Italia fibre accesses – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 56 – Telecom Italia fibre cabinet network – 2008 - 2010
  • Table 57 – TIM mobile broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 58 – Bundled offers by operator – 2008
  • Table 59 – Statistical overview of Italy’s broadcasting market – March 2008
  • Table 60 – Pay TV subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 61 – Digital pay TV revenue and growth in Italy – 2000 - 2005
  • Table 62 – Alice TV subscribers – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 63 – FASTWEB TV subscribers – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 64 – Forecast IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2010
  • Table 65 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 66 – Forecast cable TV subscribers and annual change – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 67 – Forecast satellite TV subscribers – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 68 – Sky Italia subscribers – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 69 – Sky Italia financial data – 2007
  • Table 70 – Mediaset financial data (Italy) – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 71 – Mediaset net revenue and profit by sector – H1 2008
  • Table 72 – Mediaset Premium active clients – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 73 – DTTV receivers and annual change – 2004 - 2006
  • Table 74 – Forecast DTTV households and annual change – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 75 – Telecom Italia VoIP subscribers – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 76 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – March 2008
  • Table 77 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
  • Table 78 – Mobile market share by operator – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 79 – Share of new subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 80 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 81 – Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 82 – Mobile interconnection charges – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 83 – Mobile termination rates – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 84 – Vodafone 3G subscriber – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 85 – TIM mobile subscribers and traffic in minutes – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 86 – TIM monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 87 – TIM revenue by sector and annual change – H1 2008
  • Table 88 – TIM revenue – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 89 – Vodafone subscribers – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 90 – Vodafone revenue – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 91 – Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 92 – Wind operational statistics and revenue – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 93 – Wind annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 94 – Wind mobile subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 95 – Vodafone data as proportion of revenue – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 96 – Vodafone live! subscribers (Italy) – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 97 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2013; 2018
  • Table 98 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2007 - 2013; 2018
  • Table 99 – Forecast mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2013
  • Table 100 – Forecast UMTS subscribers and penetration rate – 2006 - 2010; 2013
  • Table 101 – Country statistics Malta – 2008
  • Table 102 – Telephone network statistics – June 2008
  • Table 103 – Internet user statistics – June 2008
  • Table 104 – Broadband statistics – June 2008
  • Table 105 – Mobile statistics – June 2008
  • Table 106 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 107 – Telecom market value – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 108 – Interconnection rates – 2008
  • Table 109 – Number porting charges by sector – 2008
  • Table 110 – Fixed-number portings – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 111 – Domestic outgoing fixed-line traffic in minutes – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 112 – Fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 113 – GO financial data – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 114 – GO financial data – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 115 – GO revenue by sector – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 116 – GO revenue by sector – H1 2008
  • Table 117 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 118 – Outgoing fixed-line traffic – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 119 – Total Internet subscribers – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 120 – Internet subscribers by technology – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 121 – Broadband technologies: availability and coverage – 2008
  • Table 122 – Dial-up traffic in minutes – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 123 – Proportion of households with Internet access – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 124 – Broadband penetration – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 125 – Broadband subscribers by access method – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 126 – Broadband subscribers per operator – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 127 – Cable broadband penetration – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 128 – Forecast WiMAX network national coverage timetable, by operator – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 129 – WiMAX subscribers – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 130 – Wholesale broadband access market share by operator – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 131 – TV subscribers by connection type – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 132 – VoIP market share by operator – 2007
  • Table 133 – VoIP Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 134 – Mobile ARPU: contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 135 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – March 2008
  • Table 136 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 137 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 138 – Mobile termination rates – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 139 – Mobile number portings – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 140 – Vodafone Malta subscribers and ARPU – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 141 – Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 142 – SMS messages – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 143 – MMS messages – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 144 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2018
  • Table 145 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 3 - Principal backbone providers - 2008
  • Exhibit 4 – WiMAX licensees – March 2008
  • Exhibit 5 – Overview of media convergence
  • Exhibit 6 – UMTS auction results – October 2000
  • Exhibit 7 – BlackBerry services defined
  • Exhibit 8 – Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range – 2006
  • Exhibit 9 – 3G licence allocations – 2005; 2007

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