2016 Austria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Austria’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2016 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

Austrian MVNOs double their market share of subscribers in a year

Austria’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent Telekom Austria and the cableco UPC Austria. There is good competition in the fixed-line broadband and mobile sectors, largely due to effective regulatory measures. América Móvil has a controlling interest in Telekom Austria, though in mid-2016 it reduced its stake in the incumbent in line with commitments made when it first bought into the operator in 2014.

Austria’s highly competitive mobile market continues to benefit from new entrants in the MVNO sector. The market has already undergone recent changes, with 3 Austria having acquired the network and assets of Orange Austria, a move which led a consolidation among three network operators: 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Telekom Austria’s own unit A1. The number of MVNOs has increased steadily, and by early 2016 the collectively had a 3.6% share of the market. Though this is relatively small, it was double the market share of a year earlier. Part of this growth in the MVNO sector is due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as part of its Orange take-over, was obliged to provide a third of its network capacity to support up to 16 MVNOs. The operators’ LTE networks have benefited from measures which have allowed operators to refarm existing 2G and 3G spectrum for LTE, while spectrum in the 700MHz has also been set aside for mobile broadband use once this band is released from broadcasters.

The Austrian fixed-line broadband market continues to be dominated by the DSL sector, which rapidly overtook cable as the preferred access method. UPC Austria is the leading cable operator, while Telekom Austria retains a leading share of the DSL market. The operator has invested in vectoring VDSL and G.fast technologies in a bid to deliver fast broadband services in urban areas with less investment than is required via FttP. However, there has been a shift in investment towards fibre, with the incumbent having invested €400 million during 2015 to improve its networks, and with the government having allocated €1 billion in public funding to upgrade infrastructure nationally.

Key developments:

  • América Móvil sells 7.8% stake in Telekom Austria, reducing interest to 51.9%;
  • ZTE signs an MoU with 3 Austria to trial pre-5G technologies;
  • MVNOs secure 3.6% market share of subscribers;
  • LTE available to about 98% of the population;
  • 700MHz spectrum to be assigned for mobile broadband use;
  • Public broadcaster ORF to transition to DVB-T2 standard by February 2019;
  • UPC Austria acquires regional cableco Kabel-TV Stadl-Paura;
  • Telekom Austria delivers 100Mb/s with G.fast technology;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q1 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Austria, Tele2 Austria, tele.ring, eTel Austria, UPC Austria, Orange Austria, 3 Austria, A1, Mundio, Lycamobile, Yesss!, M:Tel Austria, Hofer Telekom, Xlink, T-Mobile Austria.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Regulatory authorities
      • 3.2.1 Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications
      • 3.2.2 Telekom Control Commission
      • 3.2.3 Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
    • 3.3 EU regulatory framework
    • 3.4 Revised NFR
    • 3.5 Privatisation of Telekom Austria
    • 3.6 Interconnect
    • 3.7 Access
      • 3.7.1 Fibre access
    • 3.8 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Telekom Austria
      • 4.2.1 Consolidating European markets
    • 4.3 Tele2
    • 4.4 tele.ring
    • 4.5 UPC Austria
    • 4.6 eTel Austria
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 5.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
    • 5.3 Structural separation
    • 5.4 International infrastructure
      • 5.4.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 5.4.2 Satellite networks
    • 5.5 Smart infrastructure
    • 5.6 Wholesaling
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 6.2.1 UPC Austria
      • 6.2.2 Regional broadband
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.4 G.fast
    • 6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.6.1 BPL
      • 6.6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • 6.6.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 6.6.4 450MHz frequency band
      • 6.6.5 3.5GHz frequency band
      • 6.6.6 Wireless LANs/Wi-Fi
      • 6.6.7 WiMAX
      • 6.6.8 Internet via satellite
    • 6.7 Competition issues
      • 6.7.1 Regulating wholesale access
      • 6.7.2 Wholesale market
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.1.1 Cable TV
      • 7.1.2 Satellite TV
      • 7.1.3 Digital terrestrial TV
      • 7.1.4 DVB-T2
      • 7.1.5 Bundled services
    • 7.2 Major players
      • 7.2.1 UPC Austria
    • 7.3 Videostreaming
    • 7.4 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
      • 7.4.1 VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
  • 8. Digital economy
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
      • 9.2.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Regulatory authority
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 9.3.3 Roaming
      • 9.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.5 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
      • 9.3.6 Network sharing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Orange Austria
      • 9.5.2 3 Austria (Drei Austria)
      • 9.5.3 A1
      • 9.5.4 T-Mobile Austria
      • 9.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 M-commerce
      • 9.6.2 Mobile VoIP
      • 9.6.3 Machine-to-Machine
      • 9.6.4 Mobile TV
      • 9.6.5 Femtocells
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Austria – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2015
      • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2015
      • Table 4 – Internet users– 2015
      • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2015
      • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2015
      • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 8 – Telecoms revenue by sector – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 9 – Retail telecoms revenue by sector – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Telecoms sector investment by type – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 11 – Telecom traffic by sector – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 12 – Average fixed-line residential subscriber use of services – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 13 – Ported geographic numbers by year – 2006 – 2015
      • Table 14 – CPS and CbC lines – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 15 – Telekom Austria Group financial data – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 16 – Telekom Austria financial data – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Telekom Austria: PSTN and ISDN access lines – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 19 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics, annual change – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 20 – Telekom Austria financial data by sector – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 21 – Tele2 financial data by sector – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 22 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 23 – UPC Austria revenue – 2005 – 2016
      • Table 24 – UPC Austria subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 25 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and household teledensity – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 26 – Fixed lines in service and household teledensity – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Broadband penetration of households – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 28 – Broadband downloaded traffic – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 29 – ICT development – households with computers, internet, broadband (%) – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 30 – ICT development – businesses with computers, internet, websites (%) – 2003 - 2014
      • Table 31 – Broadband connections by data rate – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 32 – Market share of broadband connections by technology – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 33 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 34 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 35 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 36 – Total fixed-line broadband penetration – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 37 – Revenue from retail and wholesale broadband connections – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 38 – Broadband market share by platform – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 39 – Fixed broadband market share by provider – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 40 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 41 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 42 – UPC Austria broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2016
      • Table 43 – UPC Austria revenue – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 44 – Telekom Austria: retail and wholesale DSL lines – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 45 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 46 –FttP connections – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 47 – Fixed-line wireless broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 48 – Bitstream access lines by type – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 49 – Bitstream and resale access revenue – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 50 – Telekom Austria unbundled lines – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 51 – Subscribers to bundled services – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 52 – UPC Austria revenue – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 53 – UPC Austria cable TV subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 54 – Telekom Austria IPTV subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 55 – VoIP/VoB lines – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 56 – Online advertising expenditure – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 57 – Mobile market revenue by service – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 58 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 59 – Average mobile subscriber use of services – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 60 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) – 1999 – 2009
      • Table 61 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2017
      • Table 62 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 63 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 64 – Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 65 – A1 prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 66 – Mobile call minutes – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 67 – SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 68 – Text messaging revenue – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 69 – A1 SMS sent – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 70 – Mobile broadband download speed by technology – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 71 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 72 – Households broadband penetration by fixed/mobile platform – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 73 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 74 – A1 mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 75 – Mobile broadband market share by provider – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 76 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 77 – GSM spectrum distribution among MNOs (MHz) – 2010
      • Table 78 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – September 2010
      • Table 79 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 80 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 81 – Mobile number portings – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 82 – Mobile termination charges by operator (historic) – 2008 - 2011
      • Table 83 – 3G SIM cards in service – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 84 – LTE SIM cards in service – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 85 – GSM SIM cards in service – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 86 – Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) – 2009 - 2012
      • Table 87 – 3 Austria active subscribers – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 88 – 3 Austria registered subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 89 – 3 Austria financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 90 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 91 – A1 subscribers (Austria) – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 92 – A1 - mobile financial data – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 93 – A1 monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 94 – T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 95 – T-Mobile Austria subscribers – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 96 – T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 97 – M2M SIM cards – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 98 – A1 M2M connections – 2015 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Telecom traffic by sector – 2005 - 2015
      • Chart 2 – Telekom Austria financial data – 2009 – 2016
      • Chart 3 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes – 2007 – 2015
      • Chart 4 – Tele2 financial data by sector – 2007 - 2016
      • Chart 5 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Chart 6 – UPC Austria subscribers – 2006 – 2016
      • Chart 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2003 - 2016
      • Chart 9 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2016
      • Chart 10 – Telekom Austria: retail and wholesale DSL lines – 2004 - 2016
      • Chart 11 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2016
      • Chart 12 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 13 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G and 3G – 2004 - 2015
      • Chart 14 – Mobile market share by operator – 2006 - 2015
      • Chart 15 – 3 Austria subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Chart 16 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
      • Chart 17 – A1 annualised monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2016
      • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
      • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
      • Exhibit 3 – Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator – 2004
      • Exhibit 4 – Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator – 2009
      • Exhibit 5 – 450MHz frequency allocation overview – 2006
      • Exhibit 6 – 3.5GHz frequency allocation – 2008
      • Exhibit 7 – Overview of digital media
      • Exhibit 8 – Active mobile providers
      • Exhibit 9 – 3G licence results - 2000
      • Exhibit 10 – 450MHz licence results – 2006
      • Exhibit 11 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Oct 2013
      • Exhibit 12 – 2G spectrum allocations by operator
      • Exhibit 13 – 3G spectrum allocations by operator

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