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

Synopsis

Italy’s vibrant mobile market continues to have one of the highest penetration rates in Europe. The market has undergone considerable changes in recent years following the merger of Wind and 3 Italia to become Wind Tre in January 2017. As a result of the merger the market gained a new entrant in the form of Iliad, which secured access to spectrum and to part of Wind Tre’s infrastructure to enable it to offer services while its own network is being developed.

Network operators have also been among the first in Europe to trial services based on 5G. To this end they have been helped by the regulator which made available spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, and assigned a number of cities which are the test-beds for future services.

This report provides an analytic overview of Italy’s mobile market, including statistics, key regulatory issues and an assessment of mobile data services. It also profiles the major providers and the likely impact of emerging technologies on their strategies for coming years.

Key developments:

TIM’s LTE trials reach speeds of 1Gb/s; Vodafone Italy and TIM settle into NB-IoT services over their LTE networks; regulator consults on extending licenses in the 3.5GHz band; Vodafone Italy extends its 550Mb/s LTE-A service to seven cities; government selects operators for 5G technology trials in five cities; Vodafone extends LTE coverage to 95% of the population; TIM trials LTE broadcast technology, preps for 5G applications and services; regulator extends 3G licences to 2029 and GSM licences to 2027; spectrum auction opens up LTE sector and delivers €3.945 billion for the government; MVNO customer base exceeds 7.2 million; report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Wind Tre (3 Italia / Wind Telecom), Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Italia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Operator market shares
    • 3.3 Mobile voice
    • 3.4 Mobile data
      • 3.4.1 Short Messaging Service (SMS)
      • 3.4.2 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
    • 3.5 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 Spectrum auctions - 2000
      • 4.1.2 Spectrum auctions - 2011
      • 4.1.3 Spectrum renewal
      • 4.1.4 3.5GHz
    • 4.2 Roaming
    • 4.3 Network sharing
    • 4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
  • 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 Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Wind Tre (3 Italia/Wind)
    • 6.2 TIM
    • 6.3 Vodafone Italy
    • 6.4 Iliad
    • 6.5 MVNOs
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Mobile banking/ticketing
    • 7.2 Payment services
    • 7.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market revenue – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 4 – Mobile market investment – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 5 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Prepaid and contract cards in service – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Proportion of prepaid and contract cards in service – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – SMS/MMS and other data revenue – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 9 – SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Average data per SIM card per month – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Vodafone SMS traffic – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Wind Telecom mobile internet subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Wind Telecom mobile internet revenue – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 16 – TIM mobile internet subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 17 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 18 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Annual mobile numbers portings – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 21 – 3 Italia registered mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 22 – 3 Italia active mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 23 – 3 Italia annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Wind operational statistics and mobile revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Wind annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Wind mobile subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Wind Tre spectrum allocations –2017
  • Table 28 – Wind mobile revenue – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Wind mobile EBITDA, capex – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Wind financial data – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Wind mobile financial data – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 32 – TIM mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 33 – TIM mobile revenue by sector – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Vodafone subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Vodafone fixed-line revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Vodafone mobile service revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Vodafone mobile customer cost – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 39 – MVNO mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 40 – Tiscali mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 41 – Fastweb mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 42 – MVNO market share of MVNO subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 43 – M2M connections – 2013 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile market revenue – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – 3 Italia mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – 3 Italia annualised ARPU – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 6 – TIM annualised ARPU – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – TIM revenue by sector, annual change – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) – 2004 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – UMTS auction results – 2000
  • Exhibit 2 – UMTS auction results – 2009
  • Exhibit 3 – Spectrum allocations at auction – 2011
  • Exhibit 4 – Total spectrum outlay by operator – 2011

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