Austria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Austria’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband 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;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- July 2018 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Austria’s telcos looking forward to major spectrum auctions for 5G

Austria’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent Telekom Austria and the cableco UPC Austria, though there has been greater competitive pressure in the fixed-line broadband and mobile sectors in recent years. In common with operators elsewhere in Europe, those in Austria are focussed on the provision of bundled services as a measure to attract and retain customers. To compete more effectively with Telekom Austria, by far the main player in this segment, T-Mobile Austria in late 2017 acquired UPC Austria. The deal was approved by competition authorities in July 2018, on the basis that their service offerings are complementary.

Austria’s competitive mobile market is dominated by the three network operators 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and Telekom Austria’s own unit A1. However, the market also benefits from a growing number of new entrants in the MVNO sector, which by early 2018 collectively had about 6.8% of the market by subscribers. The growth in the MVNO sector is partly due to regulatory concessions by which 3 Austria, as a condition 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. The regulator is planning to auction 390MHz in the 3410MHz-3600MHz range and 200MHz in the 3600MHz-3800MHz range, in line with European measures, to be assigned for 5G technologies. The regulator has also set aside spectrum in the 700MHz band for 5G services, which should be made available from 2020.

The Austrian fixed-line broadband market is dominated by the DSL sector, while the cable broadband sector has held a steady share of about a third of connections. The fibre sector was slow to develop, but in recent years there has been greater effort among telcos to develop infrastructure and promote the take-up of bundled services.

UPC Austria continues to invest in DOCSIS3.1 technology, while Telekom Austria has invested in G.fast technology to improve connectivity in areas where it has not prioritised fibre. Although fibre penetration remains low, with the platform having less than 2% market share of subscribers, there is considerable vigour among operators to build out network infrastructure: Telekom Austria is in the process of extending its fibre infrastructure to additional 300,000 premises, affecting some 500 towns. Ongoing investment in the sector suggests stronger growth in coming years, and as a result the number of DSL lines is expected to fall as customers are migrated to fibre.

This report presents key aspects of the Austrian telecom and ICT markets, including statistical data on the country, the fixed network services sector and telecom infrastructure. It presents an overview of recent regulatory developments affecting broadband access and mobile spectrum.

Key developments:

  • Telekom Austria launches 100Gb/s network across the CEE region, switches domestic fixed-line traffic to VoIP;
  • Regulator making progress with 3.4-3.6GHz auction for 5G services;
  • T-Mobile Austria expands Narrowband IoT capabilities, trials 5G in Innsbruck, launches VoLTE service, acquires UPC Austria;
  • ZTE and 3 Austria set up Innovation Lab to trial 5G;
  • MVNOs secure 6.7% market share of subscribers;
  • 700MHz spectrum to be assigned for 5G use from 2020;
  • Telekom Austria adds M2M platforms;
  • T-Mobile Austria acquires UPC Austria;
  • Telekom Austria trials XG-Fast technology providing data at over 11Gb/s, prepares to expand fibre infrastructure to an additional 300,000 premises;
  • Regulator proposes framework to expand broadband services nationally;
  • Government pledges €1 billion to upgrade national broadband availability;
  • Xlink launches 1Gb/s FttP broadband offer;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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 Privatisation of Telekom Austria
    • 3.4 Interconnect
    • 3.5 Access
      • 3.5.1 Fibre access
    • 3.6 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.7 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 – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 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 band
      • 6.6.5 3.5GHz 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 Videostreaming
  • 8. Mobile communications
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
      • 8.2.1 General statistics
    • 8.3 Mobile infrastructure
      • 8.3.1 Digital networks
      • 8.3.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 8.4 Mobile voice
    • 8.5 Mobile data
      • 8.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 8.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 8.5.3 Mobile broadband
      • 8.5.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.6 Regulatory issues
      • 8.6.1 Regulatory authority
      • 8.6.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 8.6.3 Roaming
      • 8.6.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 8.6.5 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
      • 8.6.6 Network sharing
    • 8.7 Major mobile operators
      • 8.7.1 Orange Austria
      • 8.7.2 3 Austria (Drei Austria)
      • 8.7.3 A1 Austria
      • 8.7.4 T-Mobile Austria
      • 8.7.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 8.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 8.8.1 M-commerce
      • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Austria – 2017
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by sector – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 3 – Telecoms revenue: wholesale and retail – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 4 – Telecoms sector investment by type – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 5 – Telecom traffic by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 6 – Average fixed-line residential subscriber use of services – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 7 – Accumulated ported geographic numbers – 2007 – 2014
      • Table 8 – CPS and CbC lines – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 9 – Telekom Austria Group financial data – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 10 – Telekom Austria financial data – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 11 – Telekom Austria: PSTN and ISDN access lines – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 12 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 13 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics, annual change – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 14 – Telekom Austria financial data by sector – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 15 – Tele2 financial data by sector – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 17 – UPC Austria revenue – 2005 – 2018
      • Table 18 – UPC Austria subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2013- 2017
      • Table 20 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and household teledensity – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 21 – Fixed lines in service and household teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 22 – Household penetration of computers, internet, broadband – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 23 – Broadband connections by data rate – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 24 – Market share of fixed broadband connections by technology – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 25 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 26 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 27 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 28 – Total fixed-line broadband penetration – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Stand alone and bundled broadband connections – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 30 – Revenue from retail and wholesale broadband connections – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 31 – Broadband market share by platform – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 32 – Fixed broadband market share by provider – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 33 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 34 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 35 – UPC Austria broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
      • Table 36 – UPC Austria revenue – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 37 – Telekom Austria: retail and wholesale DSL lines – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 38 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 39 –FttP connections – 2011 - 2018
      • Table 40 – Fixed-line wireless broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 41 – Bitstream access lines by type – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 42 – Bitstream and resale access revenue – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Telekom Austria unbundled lines – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 44 – Telekom Austria IPTV customers – 2007 - 2018
      • Table 45 – Mobile market revenue by service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 46 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 47 – Average mobile subscriber use of services – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 48 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) – 1999 – 2009
      • Table 49 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2018
      • Table 50 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G, 3G and 4G – 2004 – 2017
      • Table 51 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 52 – Mobile numbers in use, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 53 – A1 prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 54 – T-Mobile Austria prepaid subscribers – 2014 - 2018
      • Table 55 – GSM SIM cards in service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 56 – LTE SIM cards in service – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 57 – 3G SIM cards in service – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 58 – M2M SIM cards – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 59 – A1 M2M connections – 2015 - 2016
      • Table 60 – Mobile voice traffic – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 61 – Mobile data traffic – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 62 – SMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 63 – Text messaging revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 64 – A1 SMS sent – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 65 – Mobile broadband download speed by technology – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 66 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 67 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 68 – Household broadband penetration by fixed/mobile platform – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 69 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 70 – A1 mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 71 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 72 – GSM spectrum distribution among MNOs (MHz) – 2010
      • Table 73 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 74 – European data roaming charges – 2017 - 2022
      • Table 75 – Roaming revenue – 2015 – 2017
      • Table 76 – Roaming revenue – 2015 – 2017
      • Table 77 – Mobile number portings – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 78 – Mobile termination charges by operator (historic) – 2008 - 2011
      • Table 79 – Orange Austria mobile subscribers (historic) – 2009 - 2012
      • Table 80 – 3 Austria active subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 81 – 3 Austria registered subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 82 – 3 Austria financial data – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 83 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 84 – A1 subscribers (Austria) – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 85 – A1 - mobile financial data – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 86 – A1 - mobile revenue by quarter – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 87 – A1 monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 88 – T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 89 – T-Mobile Austria mobile service revenue by quarter – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 90 – T-Mobile Austria subscribers – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 91 – T-Mobile Austria annualised ARPU – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 92 – UPC Austria mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2018
      • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by sector – 2003 – 2018
      • Chart 2 – Telecom traffic by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 3 – CPS and CbC lines – 2004 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Telekom Austria Group financial data – 2001 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Telekom Austria financial data – 2009 – 2018
      • Chart 6 – Telekom Austria traffic statistics in minutes – 2007 – 2015
      • Chart 7 – Telekom Austria financial data by sector – 2009 – 2018
      • Chart 8 – Tele2 financial data by sector – 2007 - 2017
      • Chart 9 – Tele2 subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Chart 10 – UPC Austria subscribers – 2006 – 2018
      • Chart 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 12 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2003 - 2018
      • Chart 13 – Total fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2018
      • Chart 14 – Mobile service revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 - 2018
      • Chart 15 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 16 – Mobile SIMs in use, 2G and 3G – 2004 - 2017
      • Chart 17 – Mobile market share by operator – 2006 - 2017
      • Chart 18 – 3 Austria active subscribers – 2013 – 2017
      • Chart 19 – 3 Austria subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Chart 20 – 3 Austria financial data – 2008 – 2017
      • Chart 21 – 3 Austria annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2017
      • Chart 22 – A1 subscribers (Austria) – 2000 – 2018
      • Chart 23 – A1 annualised monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2018
      • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
      • Exhibit 2 – Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator – 2004
      • Exhibit 3 – Regional WLL licenses in 3.5GHz spectrum by operator – 2009
      • Exhibit 4 – 450MHz frequency allocation overview – 2006
      • Exhibit 5 – 3.5GHz frequency allocation – 2008
      • Exhibit 6 – Active mobile providers
      • Exhibit 7 – 2G spectrum allocations by operator
      • Exhibit 8 – 3G spectrum allocations by operator
      • Exhibit 9 – 3G licence results - 2000
      • Exhibit 10 – 450MHz licence results – 2006
      • Exhibit 11 – 2.6GHz spectrum auction results – September 2010
      • Exhibit 12 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Oct 2013
      • Exhibit 13 – 3 Austria spectrum concessions –2018

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