Italy’s vibrant mobile market has one of the highest penetration rates in Europe. The market has undergone considerable changes since 2016. For some years it was dominated by three operators, TIM, Vodafone Italia and Wind, with the fourth player 3 Italia having steadily made progress with securing customers to its network. The owners of 3 Italia and Wind in mid-2015 agreed to merge their units, a process which gained regulatory clearance in October 2016. The new merged entity, trading as Wind Tre, began offering services 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 Wind Tre’s infrastructure to enable it to offer services while its own network is being developed.
All providers operate LTE networks, and significant investments in network upgrades have led to considerable growth in mobile data and high-end applications. Telecom Italia has also trialled LTE broadcast technology and is cooperating with Huawei and Ericsson to develop a platform for 5G 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.
Wind Tre reports on 2016 results; government selects five cities for 5G technology trials; Vodafone extends LTE coverage 90% 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; Vodafone introduces Booster femtocell uni; regulator proposes lower MTRs; spectrum auction opens up LTE sector and delivers €3.945 billion for the government; MVNO customer base exceeds 7.1 million; report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Wind Tre (3 Italia / Wind Telecom), Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Italia.
Number of pages 36
Last updated 21 Mar 2017
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