Greece - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Greece’s telecoms market has suffered from tough economic conditions in recent years, leading to lower sector revenue and investment. Operators across the board have seen gross profits tumble year after year, and the continuing economic turmoil will make market conditions particularly difficult during the next few years. The dominant player remains the incumbent telco Cosmote, which has experienced significant challenges but is supported by the organisational ability and financial clout of its parent Deutsche Telekom. Despite market liberalisation, Cosmote continues to dominate all sectors in the market.

The telecom regulator EETT has shown increasing success in promoting competition, with local loop unbundling well utilised to deliver competing fixed-line services. Promoting competition has become one of the EC’s conditions for Greece’s financial bailouts.

This report introduces the key aspects of the Greek fixed-line telecoms, wholesale and IT market, outlining the regulatory environment, assessing the major players and providing relevant operational data and financial statistics on both the operators and the market.

Key developments:

Cosmote extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras; regulator selects Forthnet as Universal Services provider; regulator fines Cosmote for LLU infringements; Greece aiming to secure third bailout package as economy remains in financial turmoil; three telcos planning to invest €250 million to meet EU broadband targets; Cypriot government draws up legislation aimed at selling off Cyta Hellas; government pledges commitment to open source technologies; government transfers 5% stake in OTE to TAIPED privatisation agency; Forthnet rebrands all services as Nova; deregulation of the retail market for fixed-line calls; regulator reduces prices for handling NP requests; Vestitel builds second fibre-optic link between Greece and Bulgaria; report update includes the regulator’s market review and 2016 annual report, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017 recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cosmote (OTE), Forthnet (Nova), Wind Hellas, On Telecoms, Tellas.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Background
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 5.3.1 Privatisation
      • 5.3.2 Interconnection
      • 5.3.3 Access
      • 5.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
      • 5.3.5 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
      • 5.3.6 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
  • 6. Fixed network operators in Greece
    • 6.1 Overview of operators
    • 6.2 Cosmote (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, OTE)
    • 6.3 Wind Hellas
    • 6.4 Forthnet (Nova)
    • 6.5 Vodafone Greece
    • 6.6 Cyta Hellas
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Cosmote
      • 7.1.2 NGN
      • 7.1.3 Alternative operators
      • 7.1.4 Satellite networks
      • 7.1.5 Submarine cables
    • 7.2 Smart infrastructure
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Retail revenue from fixed-telephony, internet and content services – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Telecom revenue by provider – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Telecom sector investments – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 12 –LLU and shared access lines – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Cosmote LLU lines – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Annual fixed number portings – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 15 – CPS lines – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 16 – WLR lines – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 17 – OTE share of fixed-line call traffic – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 18 – Fixed-line traffic – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 19 – OTE Group financial data – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Cosmote subscriber data – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Cosmote company financial data by sector– 2013 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Forthnet Company financial data – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 25 – OTE and altnet fixed lines in service – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 26 – OTE and altnet share of fixed lines – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 28 – OTE PSTN lines in service – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Cosmote market share of fixed-lines in service – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 30 – Next Generation Network access penetration – 2011 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2015
  • Chart 2 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 – 2017

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Number of pages 22

Status Current

Last updated 7 Dec 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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