Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the Greece’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:- December 2018 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Greece’s telcos invest more in fibre to reach 2025 goals

Greece’s telecoms market has suffered from tough economic conditions in recent years, leading to lower sector overall 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 OTE, which has experienced significant challenges but is supported by the organisational ability and financial clout of its parent Deutsche Telekom, which now owns a 45% stake in the company.

Broadband penetration in Greece is developing steadily despite the difficult economic conditions. The main operators have nevertheless secured loans to enable them to build fibre-based next generation networks and so reach the European broadband targets for 2025. Consumers in Greece have limited choices, since the country remains the only one in Europe with a single access network, there being no cable platform and only a very limited reach of fibre infrastructure thus far.

Greece’s well-developed mobile market is dominated by the three mobile network operators Wind Hellas, Vodafone Greece and Cosmote. Operators continue to invest in LTE infrastructure and technologies to provide networks capable of meeting customer demand for data services. This in turn is helping the operators to offset declining revenue from voice and SMS services. Wind Hellas and Vodafone have a mobile network sharing deal and have partnered to develop a large-scale fibre-based fixed-line NGN.

The regulator has set in train the release of spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz band for 5G use, anticipating spectrum auctions to be held during 2019, with services being launched in urban areas by late 2019 and nationally by 2020. In October 2018 Wind Hellas announced plans to trial 5G during 2019, initially in Kalamata.

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. The report also covers the fixed-line broadband segment, as also the mobile voice and data markets, covering regulatory and sector developments as well as reviews of the key players.

Key developments:

  • Ericsson deploys NB-IoT for Cosmote in 11 cities;
  • Vodafone completes acquisition of Cyta Hellas;
  • Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas pay €201.45 million to extend 1800MHz licences to end-2035;
  • Cosmote trials carrier aggregation technology providing data at up to 1.2Gb/s, launches LTE-A Pro services;
  • Alternative operators able to access OTE's VDSL vectoring technology;
  • Wind Hellas providing 1Gb/s in fibre trials, extends fibre sharing venture with Vodafone Greece;
  • Amended laws reducing SIM card penetration;
  • 2G spectrum refarmed for 3G and LTE use;
  • OTE extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras;
  • Government sells 5% stake in OTE to Deutsche Telekom;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market review and annual report for 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Henry Lancaster
December 2018

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • Overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Background
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
      • Carrier selection and carrier preselection
      • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Overview of operators
    • OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, OTE)
    • Wind Hellas
    • Forthnet (Nova)
    • Vodafone Greece
    • Cyta Hellas
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
      • OTE
      • NGN
      • Alternative operators
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cables
    • Smart infrastructure
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Overview
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • Videostreaming
  • Digital economy

    • Overview
    • E-government
    • Infrastructure
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • 2G (GSM)
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile data
      • Short Messaging Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Significant Market Power (SMP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Spectrum refarming
      • 900MHz and 1800MHz licence renewal
      • 1800MHz
      • 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction
      • 3.4GHz
      • Network sharing
    • Major mobile operators
      • Wind Hellas
      • Vodafone Greece
      • Cosmote
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • Mobile content and applications

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Greece – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 3 – Retail revenue from fixed-telephony services – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Telecom revenue by provider – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Telecom sector investments – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 6 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line interconnection traffic by operator – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 9 –LLU and shared access lines – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Cosmote LLU lines – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Annual fixed number portings – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 12 – CPS lines – 2004 – 2013
  • Table 13 – WLR lines – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 14 – OTE share of fixed-line call traffic – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line traffic – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 16 – OTE Group financial data – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Cosmote subscriber data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Cosmote company financial data by sector– 2013 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Forthnet Company financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 22 – OTE and altnet fixed lines in service – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 23 – OTE and altnet share of fixed lines – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 24 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 25 – OTE PSTN lines in service – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 26 – OTE market share of fixed-lines in service – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 27 – Next Generation Network household access penetration – 2011 – 2016
  • Table 28 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 29 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Market share of broadband lines by speed – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 31 – Average DSL broadband line data rate – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 32 – DSL lines by platform/provider – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 33 – Market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 34 – Market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 35 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 37 – OTE retail DSL subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 38 – Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 39 – Vodafone retail DSL subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 40 – OTE fibre/VDSL subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 41 –VDSL as proportion of all fixed broadband connections – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 42 – Cosmote TV subscribers – 2009- 2018
  • Table 43 – IPTV subscribers – 2012- 2017
  • Table 44 – Forthnet pay-TV subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 45 – Historic - Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 46 – Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 47 – Active mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 48 – Mobile and fixed-line traffic – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 49 – Mobile ARPU – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 50 – Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 51 – Mobile service retail revenue and annual change – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 52 – Mobile revenue (retail and wholesale) – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 53 – Proportion of mobile revenue by service – 2015 – 2016
  • Table 54 – Mobile service EBITDA and annual change – 2003 – 2014
  • Table 55 – Mobile service capex – 2001 – 2014
  • Table 56 – Registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 57 – Ratio of registered prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 58 – Cosmote prepaid subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 59 – Vodafone proportion of prepaid subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 60 – Total SMS messages sent – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 61 – Total MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 62 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 63 – Mobile data traffic – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 64 – Proportion of mobile data traffic by technology platform– 2015 – 2016
  • Table 65 – Mobile interconnection traffic by type – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 66 – Mobile Termination Rate – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 67 – Annual mobile number portings – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 68 – Vodafone subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 69 – Vodafone ARPU – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 70 – Vodafone financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 71 – Vodafone SMS messages sent – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 72 – Vodafone mobile data traffic – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 73 – Cosmote mobile financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 74 – Cosmote annualised ARPU – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 75 – Cosmote mobile data revenue – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 76 – Cosmote subscribers – 2006 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by provider – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Market share of broadband lines by speed – 2012 – 2016
  • Chart 7 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 10 – Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2016
  • Chart 11 – Registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 12 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Vodafone ARPU – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Vodafone financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Cosmote mobile financial data – 2007 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 3G auction results in Greece – 2001
  • Exhibit 2 – Overview of spectrum auction results
  • Exhibit 3 – 2G auction results – 2001
  • Exhibit 4 – 900MHz and 1800MHz auction spectrum – 2011
  • Exhibit 5 – 900MHz and 1800MHz auction results – 2011
  • Exhibit 6 – Spectrum auction results – 2014
  • Exhibit 7 – Spectrum auction results overview – 2001 – 2014
  • Exhibit 8 – Spectrum auction results – February 2017

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