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

Synopsis

Spain has one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, with effective competition from four MNOs and a growing number of resellers and MVNOs. This competition, together with regulated roaming and MTRs, has driven down the cost of mobile calls in recent years though the number of subscribers has fallen since 2011 as customers cancel multiple SIM card ownership in response to the economic crisis. The market has seen considerable changes in recent years, including the acquisition of Yoigo by Másmóvil and the release of 900MHz frequencies for mobile broadband use. There have also been growing investments in network upgrades to support LTE and HSPA+ technologies, while MNOs and vendors are also investing in 5G technologies and services. The auction of additional spectrum in 2016 is helping operators keep pace with the growth in demand for mobile data. Both Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain have acquired fixed-line operators in a bid to compete more effectively with Movistar in their bundled service offerings.

This report provides statistics and market analyses on the Spanish mobile sector, including an assessment of regulatory issues, a profile of the major providers, and an analysis of mobile data services such as SMS, MMS, i-mode, HSPA, LTE, 5G and mobile TV.

Key developments:

Vodafone Spain launches Spain’s first NB-IoT network; Vodafone trials LTE broadcast technology, launches VoLTE and VoWi-Fi services; Telefónica launches home security service based on M2M; Orange Espana acquires Jazztel, boosting its ability to compete in the converged services market, plans to invest up to €1.5 billion to provide 95% population coverage with LTE by 2017; Telia sells its stake in Yoigo to Másmóvil; Telefónica contracts Nokia Networks to upgrade and expand its LTE networks; mobile revenue continues to fall in line with a decline in the number of subscribers; number portability placing greater pressure on operators; report update includes the regulator market’s data updates to November 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar, Orange, Vodafone, Lebara, Lycamobile, Másmóvil, YouMobile.

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 Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.4.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.5 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 Network sharing
      • 4.1.2 Spectrum trading and holding
      • 4.1.3 Licence auction 2005
      • 4.1.4 Spectrum auction 2011: 800MHz, 900MHz, 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.5 Spectrum auction 2016 – 2.6GHz, 3.5GNz
      • 4.1.6 700MHz
    • 4.2 Roaming
    • 4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.4 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 LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B)
      • 5.1.4 5G developments
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 5.2.2 Enhanced data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 5.2.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 5.2.4 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
    • 5.3 Femtocells
    • 5.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 5.5 Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Movistar
    • 6.2 Vodafone Spain
    • 6.3 Orange
    • 6.4 Yoigo (Xfera Moviles)
    • 6.5 MVNOs
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1.1 Content cooperation
    • 7.1.2 Near Field Communications (NFC)
    • 7.1.3 M-commerce
      • 7.2 M-TV
        • 7.2.1 Movistar
        • 7.2.2 Vodafone
        • 7.2.3 Orange
        • 7.2.4 Sogecable (Prisa)
        • Table 1 – Mobile retail market revenue and annual change– 2000 - 2016
        • Table 2 – Mobile market revenue by sector – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 3 – Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 - 2016
        • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table 6 – Mobile price index – 2009 - 2016
        • Table 7 – Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 - 2016
        • Table 8 – Mobile subscribers by technology platform – 2001 - 2014
        • Table 9 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 10 – Base stations in service, by technology – 2001 - 2015
        • Table 11 – Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2004 - 2016
        • Table 12 – Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 - 2016
        • Table 13 – SMS revenue and messages sent – 2005 - 2016
        • Table 14 – MMS revenue and messages sent – 2004 - 2016
        • Table 15 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2016
        • Table 16 – Mobile broadband (data only) subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
        • Table 17 – Mobile broadband lines by type (voice and data) – 2011 - 2016
        • Table 18 – Mobile broadband penetration – 2011 - 2016
        • Table 19 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2012 - 2016
        • Table 20 – Mobile broadband revenue and annual change – 2003 - 2016
        • Table 21 – Cost of mobile broadband services – 2012 - 2016
        • Table 22 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2014
        • Table 23 – European retail voice and data roaming charges – 2012 - 2014
        • Table 24 – European wholesale voice and data roaming charges – 2012 - 2014
        • Table 25 – Annual number portings – 2002 - 2016
        • Table 26 – Mobile termination rates by operator – 2007 - 2013
        • Table 27 – Mobile interconnection revenue – 2003 - 2014
        • Table 28 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2015
        • Table 29 – M2M lines – 2004 - 2016
        • Table 30 – Movistar mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
        • Table 31 – Movistar ARPU – 2005 - 2015
        • Table 32 – Movistar mobile financial data – 2006 - 2015
        • Table 33 – Vodafone revenue by type (old style) – 2007 - 2013
        • Table 34 – Vodafone revenue by type (new style) – 2013 - 2017
        • Table 35 – Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 36 – Vodafone mobile traffic statistics – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 37 – Vodafone ARPU – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 38 – Vodafone Spain customer churn – 2007 - 2016
        • Table 39 – Vodafone mobile customer retention cost – 2007 - 2017
        • Table 40 – Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract – 2005 - 2016
        • Table 41 – Orange mobile service revenue – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 42 – Orange ARPU by sector (annual rolling) – 2005 - 2014
        • Table 43 – Orange ARPU by sector (per month) – 2012 - 2016
        • Table 44 – Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
        • Table 45 – Orange customer churn – 2007 - 2016
        • Table 46 – Yoigo subscribers – 2007 - 2016
        • Table 47 – Yoigo financial data – 2008 - 2016
        • Table 48 – Yoigo mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2016
        • Table 49 – MVNO mobile subscribers and market share – 2006 - 2016
        • Table 50 – Mobile TV subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2014
        • Table 51 – Mobile TV revenue – 2007 – 2015
        • Chart 1 – Mobile market revenue by sector – 2006 - 2016
        • Chart 2 – Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 - 2016
        • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2018
        • Chart 4 – Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 - 2016
        • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers: prepaid, contract – 2006 - 2016
        • Chart 6 – Subscriber market share by operator – 2004 – 2016
        • Chart 7 – Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 - 2016
        • Chart 8 – Movistar mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
        • Chart 9 – Movistar ARPU – 2005 - 2015
        • Chart 10 – Vodafone revenue by type (new style) – 2013 - 2017
        • Chart 11 – Vodafone mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid – 2006 - 2016
        • Chart 12 – Orange mobile subscribers prepaid and contract – 2005 - 2016
        • Chart 13 – Yoigo subscribers – 2007 - 2016
        • Chart 14 – Yoigo financial data – 2008 - 2016
        • Exhibit 1 – 3G licence results in Spain – March 2000
        • Exhibit 2 – Overview of spectrum allocations – 2011
        • Exhibit 3 – Overview of MVNOs

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    Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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