Luxembourg - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Post Luxembourg reports continuing growth in the telecoms sector

Overall revenue from electronic communications services in Luxembourg has increased steadily during the last two years though revenue remains under pressure from regulatory measures on areas such as interconnection tariffs and roaming charges, as also by lower consumer use of fixed-line voice services and by the prevalence of VoIP/VoBB over traditional PSTN lines. In combination with fixed-mobile substitution, strong growth in VoIP/VoBB services has meant that Luxembourg has one of the lowest fixed-line densities in Europe.

In recent years the incumbent telco POST Telecom (formerly P&T Luxembourg) has concentrated on cloud and managed services, as well as on offering bundled packages. The company offers a 100Mb/s service nationally, while the footprint of its 1Gb/s service is making gains in line with the government’s program to provide a 1Gb/s service to all citizens by 2020, and to make Luxembourg the first fully fibred country in Europe.

Investment in infrastructure has been stimulated by these ambitions, though during the last two years investment in both fixed-line and mobile networks has been curtailed.

High mobile penetration has slowed subscriber growth in the mobile market since 2005, while a recent law requiring that SIM cards be registered may have an adverse effect on the number of mobile subscribers for 2017 as network operators deactivate unregistered cards.

Key developments:

Telenet acquires Altice’s subsidiary SFR Luxembourg; new mobil termination rate comes into force; SIM card registration obligation may affect mobile subscriber base; POST Group reported 3.1% revenue growth in 2016, reflecting the strength of its broadband and TV offerings; Telenet acquires the cableco Coditel from Altice for €400 million; report updates includes the regulator’s market data for 2016, State Statistics Office market data to December 2016; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Luxembourg’s telecoms sector – 2016

Sector Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 52%
Fixed broadband 35.2%
Mobile SIM (population) 160%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

POST Luxembourg, Cegecom, Tango, Telecom Luxembourg

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
      • 5.1.1 Legislation
      • 5.1.2 EU regulatory framework
    • 5.2 Regulatory authorities
    • 5.3 Interconnect
    • 5.4 Access
    • 5.5 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.6 Carrier PreSelection
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 POST Telecom
      • 6.2.1 Data centres
      • 6.2.2 Cloud
    • 6.3 Cegecom
    • 6.4 Tango
    • 6.5 Telecom Luxembourg
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Government support
    • 8.3 Broadband statistics
    • 8.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 8.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.5.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 8.5.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.5.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 8.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 8.6.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 8.6.2 WLAN/Wi-Fi/WiMAX
      • 8.6.3 Internet via satellite
  • 9. Digital media
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 Bundling
    • 9.3 Digital TV (DTV)
    • 9.4 Videostreaming
    • 9.5 Communications
      • 9.5.1 Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP)
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
    • 10.3 Mobile data
      • 10.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 10.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service
    • 10.4 Mobile broadband
    • 10.5 Regulatory issues
      • 10.5.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 10.5.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 10.5.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 10.5.4 Roaming
      • 10.5.5 Bundling
      • 10.5.6 SIM card registration
    • 10.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.6.1 Digital networks
    • 10.7 Major mobile operators
      • 10.7.1 POST Telecom
      • 10.7.2 Tango
      • 10.7.3 Orange
    • 10.8 MVNOs
    • 10.9 Mobile content and applications
      • 10.9.1 M-TV
      • 10.9.2 m-payments
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Luxembourg – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2016
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016
  • Table 5 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2016
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 8 – Capex as proportion of revenue by sector – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Telecom revenue (fixed, mobile) – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Telecom revenue by sector – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Telecom investment by sector – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Telecom revenue by operator– 2003 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line, broadband and mobile ARPU – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Interconnection revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Unbundled lines – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Annual fixed numbers ported – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Call by Call and CPS revenue – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 18 – Call by Call and CPS traffic– 2008 - 2014
  • Table 19 – Fixed-services revenue by type – 2003 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Fixed-line traffic by sector – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Altnet fixed-lines – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Altnet fixed-line market share – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 23 – POST Luxembourg telecom revenue – 2003 - 2011
  • Table 24 – POST Group financial data – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 26 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 27 – PSTN/ISDN and VoBB lines in service – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 28 – Broadband market revenue – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 29 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Broadband connections by speed – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 31 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 32 – Broadband lines by platform – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Annual broadband subscriber growth – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 34 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 35 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Broadband subscribers by platform – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 38 – Broadband coverage by fixed-line technology – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 39 – Broadband coverage by mobile technology – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 40 – Superfast broadband lines by type – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 41 – Standard and superfast broadband connections – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 42 – Broadband and super-fast broadband penetration – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 43 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 44 – DOCSIS3.0 (FttLA) broadband accessible households – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 45 – Cable broadband subscribers by type – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 46 – POST Telecom DSL subscribers – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 47 –DSL subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 48 – VDSL connections – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 49 – POST Telecom VDSL connections – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 50 – VDSL accessible households – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 51 – POST Telecom broadband coverage by platform – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 52 – FttN and FttP broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 53 – Fibre accessible households – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 54 – POST Telecom FttP connections – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 55 – Bundled services subscribers by type – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 56 – Proportion of bundled services by type – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 57 – IPTV subscribers by platform – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 58 – VoIP/VoBB lines – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 59 – Historic - Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 60 – Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 61 – Mobile services revenue – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 62 – Mobile traffic by sector – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 63 – Mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 64 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 65 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 66 – SMS message traffic – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 67 – MMS traffic – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 68 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 69 – Mobile data traffic – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 70 – Mobile termination revenue – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 71 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 72 – Roaming revenue – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 73 – Roaming out traffic – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 74 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 75 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 76 – M2M subscriptions – 2010- 2016
  • Table 77 – POST Telecom mobile coverage by platform – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 78 – POST Telecom mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 79 – Tango revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 80 – Tango subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 81 – Orange subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by sector – 2003 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Telecom investment by sector – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Telecom revenue by operator– 2003 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-services revenue – 2003 – 2015
  • Chart 5 – Fixed-line traffic by sector – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 6 – POST Luxembourg financial data – 2008 – 2016
  • Chart 7 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Mobile services revenue – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 9 – Mobile traffic by sector – 2005 – 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 3 – Overview of digital media

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