Austria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Austria’s competitive mobile market is dominated by the three operators 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Telekom Austria’s own unit A1. However, the markets also benefits from a growing number of new entrants in the MVNO sector, which by early 2017 collectively had a 5% share of the market by subscribers. Part of the growth in the MVNO sector is due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as part of its take-over of Orange Austria, was obliged to provide a third of its network capacity to support up to 16 MVNOs.

The competitive environment has led to relatively low ARPU for operators, as well as some of the region’s lowest tariffs for consumers. The operators’ LTE networks have benefited from regulatory 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.

Key developments:

T-Mobile Austria expands Narrowband IoT capabilities; ZTE signs an MoU with 3 Austria to trial pre-5G technologies; MVNOs secure 5% market share of subscribers; A1 and Nokia trial tri-carrier technology providing data at up to 513Mb/s; regulator reclassifies GSM spectrum for 3G and LTE use; LTE available to about 98% of the population; mobile TV streaming success with more than 50 channels available; 700MHz spectrum to be assigned for mobile broadband use; Telekom Austria adds M2M platforms; report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

3 Austria, Telekom Austria (A1), T-Mobile Austria, Orange Austria, Tele2, Mundio, Lycamobile, Yesss!, M:Tel Austria, Hofer Telekom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Regulatory authority
    • 4.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.2.1 450MHz
      • 4.2.2 700MHz
      • 4.2.3 900MHz
      • 4.2.4 800MHz
      • 4.2.5 2.6GHz
      • 4.2.6 Spectrum auctions
    • 4.3 Roaming
    • 4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.5 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • 4.6 Network sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • 5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5.1.3 5G
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 5.2.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 5.2.3 Enhanced data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 5.2.4 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 5.2.5 High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • 5.2.6 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
      • 5.2.7 Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Orange Austria
    • 6.2 3 Austria (Drei Austria)
    • 6.3 A1
    • 6.4 T-Mobile Austria
    • 6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-commerce
    • 7.2 Mobile VoIP
    • 7.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 7.4 Mobile TV
    • 7.5 Femtocells
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile market revenue by service – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 2 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Average mobile subscriber use of services – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2017
  • Table 6 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 9 – A1 prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Mobile voice traffic – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 11 – SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Text messaging revenue – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 13 – A1 SMS sent – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 14 – Mobile broadband download speed by technology – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Household broadband penetration by fixed/mobile platform – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 18 – A1 mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 20 – GSM spectrum distribution among MNOs (MHz) – 2010
  • Table 21 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – September 2010
  • Table 23 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Mobile number portings – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Mobile termination charges by operator (historic) – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 26 – 3G SIM cards in service – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 27 – LTE SIM cards in service – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 28 – GSM SIM cards in service – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 29 – Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 30 – 3 Austria active subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 31 – 3 Austria registered subscribers – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 32 – 3 Austria financial data – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 33 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 34 – A1 subscribers (Austria) – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 35 – A1 - mobile financial data – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 36 – A1 monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 37 – T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 38 – T-Mobile Austria subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 39 – T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 40 – M2M SIM cards – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 41 – A1 M2M connections – 2015 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G and 3G – 2004 - 2016
  • Chart 4 – Mobile market share by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Chart 5 – 3 Austria subscribers – 2009 - 2016
  • Chart 6 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
  • Chart 7 – A1 annualised monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Active mobile providers
  • Exhibit 2 – 3G licence results - 2000
  • Exhibit 3 – 450MHz licence results – 2006
  • Exhibit 4 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Oct 2013
  • Exhibit 5 – 2G spectrum allocations by operator
  • Exhibit 6 – 3G spectrum allocations by operator

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Number of pages 35

Status Current

Last updated 1 Jun 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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