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.
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.
Movistar, Orange, Vodafone, Lebara, Lycamobile, Másmóvil, YouMobile.
Number of pages 43
Last updated 16 Feb 2017
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