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 good number of resellers and MVNOs. This competition, together with regulated roaming and mobile termination rates, has driven down the cost of mobile calls for end users while investment in network infrastructure has also led to a rapid increase in mobile data traffic. With LTE widely available, the focus has shifted to services based on 5G. Vodafone Spain was the first operator to launch a 5G network, in June 2019, while the other players are expected to wait until after the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz bad in mid-2020.

Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain have acquired fixed-line operators in a bid to compete more effectively with Movistar in their bundled service offerings. Másmóvil has also become one of the main FttP providers in the country through its own network infrastructure as well as through network share agreements with Telefónica, Vodafone Spain and Orange Spain.

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 as well as technologies including LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

  • Process to auction 694MHz-790MHz spectrum gets underway;
  • Telefónica joins the 5G Technological Cities project;
  • Orange and Vodafone sign revised network sharing agreement to include 5G;
  • Orange Spain adds ZTE as a 5G vendor partner;
  • Vodafone Spain launches 5G services;
  • Report update includes the regulator market’s data updates to June 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Operator market shares
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Network sharing
      • Spectrum trading and holding
      • Licence auction 2005
      • Spectrum auction 2011: 800MHz, 900MHz, 2.6GHz
      • Spectrum auction 2016 – 2.6GHz, 3.5GHz
      • Spectrum auction –3.7GHz
      • 700MHz
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
      • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Movistar
    • Vodafone Spain
    • Orange Spain
    • Másmóvil
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Near Field Communications (NFC)
    • M-commerce
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


  • List of Tables

    • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
    • Table 2 – Historic - Mobile retail market revenue and annual change– 2000 – 2009
    • Table 3 – Historic - Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 – 2009
    • Table 4 – Historic - Annual number portings – 2002 – 2009
    • Table 5 – Historic - Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 – 2009
    • Table 6 – Historic - Mobile subscribers by technology platform – 2002 – 2014
    • Table 7 – Historic - Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 – 2009
    • Table 8 – Historic - Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2004 – 2009
    • Table 9 – Historic - Base stations in service, by technology – 2001 – 2015

    List of Charts

    • Chart 1 – Decline in mobile retail market revenue, annual change– 2000 – 2018
    • Chart 2 – Mobile market revenue by sector – 2006 – 2018
    • Chart 3 – Decline in mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
    • Chart 5 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers:– 2006 – 2019
    • Chart 6 – Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 7 – Change in mobile service price index – 2006 – 2019
    • Chart 8 – Subscriber market share by operator – 2010 – 2019
    • Chart 9 – Change in prepaid and contract mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 10 – Change in messaging revenue by type – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 11 – Change in messaging traffic by type – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
    • Chart 13 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband lines by type (voice and data) – 2011 – 2019
    • Chart 14 – Development of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
    • Chart 15 – Growth in mobile broadband traffic – 2012 – 2018
    • Chart 16 – Growth in mobile broadband revenue and annual change – 2009 – 2018
    • Chart 17 – Change in the number of annual mobile numbers ported – 2009 – 2019
    • Chart 18 – Growth in Movistar’s LTE subscriber base and penetration – 2014 – 2019
    • Chart 19 – Growth in the number of M2M lines – 2004 – 2019
    • Chart 20 – Change in the number of Movistar’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
    • Chart 21 – Vodafone revenue by type – 2013 – 2020
    • Chart 22 – Vodafone quarterly mobile service revenue (year to March) – 2016 – 2020
    • Chart 23 – Change in the number of Vodafone’s mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid – 2006 – 2019
    • Chart 24 – Growth in Vodafone’s mobile data traffic – 2006 – 2019
    • Chart 25 – Change in Vodafone’s mobile ARPU – 2006 – 2019
    • Chart 26 – Vodafone Spain customer churn – 2007 – 2019
    • Chart 27 – Decline in Vodafone’ mobile customer retention costs – 2007 – 2019
    • Chart 28 – Change in the number of Orange’s mobile subscribers by type – 2009 – 2019
    • Chart 29 – Orange mobile service revenue – 2016 – 2019
    • Chart 30 – Orange ARPU/ARPO by sector (per month) – 2012 – 2019
    • Chart 31 – Orange customer churn – 2007 – 2019
    • Chart 32 – Growth in the number of Másmóvil subscribers – 2007 – 2019
    • Chart 33 – Growth in Másmóvil revenue – 2016 – 2019
    • Chart 34 – Growth in the number of MVNO subscribers and market share – 2009 – 2019

    List of Exhibits

    • Exhibit 1 – 3G licence results in Spain – March 2000
    • Exhibit 2 – Overview of spectrum allocations – 2011
    • Exhibit 3 – 3.6GHz auction results – July 2018
    • Exhibit 4 – Overview of MVNOs

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    Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
    Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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    Number of pages 72

    Status Current

    Last updated 30 Sep 2019
    Update History

    Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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