Italy - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Italian broadband market has strong competition within the DSL sector, supplemented by a vibrant fibre sector spearheaded by efforts from Telecom Italia and supplemented by investments from other telcos and municipal governments. In the absence of effective cross-platform competition from cable networks, services based on upgraded DSL networks have benefited from the market entry of new players such as Vodafone. Several operators have invested in ADSL2+ and VDSL infrastructure, propelling the market for high-bandwidth bundled services. Telecom Italia’s Open Access division has aimed to improve competitor access to its networks. Regulatory measures have also been taken to ease access to NGNs. The government is investing €4 billion to provide superfast broadband across the country, with a major contract recently awarded to the utility Enel to roll out fibre in six regions.

This report presents key statistics on the Italian broadband market, including the burgeoning fibre sector. It also assesses the wireless market, detailing the regulatory treatment for WiMAX auctions, and provides broadband forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Government shows alarm over TIM’s fibre investment program; Wind Tre reports on 2016 results; EOF secures €1.4 billion government contract to provide fibre-based broadband to six regions; government releases first tranche of public funds towards its €2.2 billion broadband investment program; Fastweb delivering 500Mb/s service to 7.5 million premises; SINFI infrastructure registry helping to reduce cost of deploying fibre by a third; Fastweb, Wind and Vodafone continue with €2.5 billion NGN project; Milan’s Metroweb acquired by Enel; Fastweb joins TIM in fibre venture; report update includes the regulator’s market data reports to September 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Italia (TIM), Metroweb, Fastweb, Vodafone, Tiscali, Wind, BT Italia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Broadband statistics
    • 2.2 Government support
    • 2.3 National Broadband Plan
    • 2.4 Regional development
  • 3. Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 5. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 5.1 Wholesale market
    • 5.2 Telecom Italia
    • 5.3 Fastweb
    • 5.4 Tiscali
    • 5.5 Wind Tre (Wind Telecom)
    • 5.6 ADSL2+
    • 5.7 Vectoring DSL
    • 5.8 Naked DSL
  • 6. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Telecom Italia
    • 6.3 Fastweb
    • 6.4 Other networks
    • 6.5 Other developments
  • 7. Other fixed broadband services
    • 7.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • 7.2 Wireless LANs/Wi-Fi
      • 7.2.1 AFT-Linkem
      • 7.2.2 Telecom Italia
    • 7.3 WiMAX
      • 7.3.1 Auction for 3.5GHz licences
    • 7.4 Internet via satellite
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1991 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Total fixed retail broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 8 – Broadband lines by speed – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Telecom Italia broadband subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Telecom Italia broadband ARPU – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Telecom Italia internet revenue – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Fastweb financial data – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Tiscali financial data – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Wind broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Wind Tre fixed-line and broadband revenue – 2015 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Wind Tre fixed-line and broadband subscribers – 2015 - 2016
  • Table 23 – Naked DSL lines – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 24 – Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Total fixed broadband subscribers by access type – 2002 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Telecom Italia broadband subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – Telecom Italia wholesale access lines – 2007 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – WiMAX licensees – 2010

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Number of pages 27

Status Current

Last updated 20 Jun 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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