Spain - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Spain’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, supported by a population of more than 46 million. The poor economic climate which followed the GFC in 2008/9 was exacerbated by high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. A five-year recession, with falling GDP, effectively ended in 2014 when the economy showed a steady return to growth and this has been sustained since then: growing confidence among investors has been palpable since 2015. Revenue from the telecom sector has grown since 2016 in line with the overall economic recovery. The improved business climate should augur well for the sector into 2019.

Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average and there remains room for further growth, particularly in the mobile broadband segment which has been supported by continuing investment in infrastructure among operators. The fixed-line broadband sector has also been backed by investment in fibre infrastructure, thus enabling providers to develop improved bundled services and to compete more effectively against other players. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to the incumbent’s DSL and FttP networks, which has stimulated fibre roll-outs.

This report introduces the key aspects of the Spanish telecom market, providing statistics on the fixed-network services sector, and profiles of the main players. The report also assesses the main regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection.

Key developments:

  • EllaLink submarine cable connecting Spain with Brazil gets the go-ahead;
  • Oran-Valencia (Orval) submarine cable now ready for service;
  • New indirect access model introduced;
  • Telefónica sells stake in Telxius network unit;
  • Revised wholesale broadband access regulations;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange Spain, Telefónica, Jazztel, Ono, Vodafone Spain.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Recent developments
    • Market overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • General Telecommunications Act
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • Telefónica
    • Orange Spain
      • Jazztel
    • Vodafone España
      • Ono
    • Másmóvil
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable
    • Smart Infrastructure
      • Smart Cities – Barcelona
  • Digital economy

    • E-commerce
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Spain – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 3 –Telecom revenue annual change – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Telecom retail revenue annual change, by sector – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Telecom investment and annual change – 2000 – 2015
  • Table 7 – Interconnection revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Subscribers by type of access – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed number portings – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Carrier PreSelection lines – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line subscribers, by major operator – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line subscribers by minor operator – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed-lines in service by major operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line (direct line) subscriber market share by major operator – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line price index (old style) – 2004 – 2011
  • Table 16 – Fixed-line price index (new style) – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 17 – Fixed-line revenue – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Telefónica de España EBITDA – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Telefónica de España revenue by type (old style) – 2007 – 2015
  • Table 21 – Telefónica de España fixed-line revenue by sector (historic) – 2005 – 2011
  • Table 22 – Telefónica de España wireline line revenue by type – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 23 – Telefónica de España consumer and business wireline line revenue – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Telefónica de España access lines by service – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Movistar wholesale broadband accesses by sector (Spain, old style) – 2005 – 2014
  • Table 26 – Movistar wholesale broadband accesses (new style) – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Orange subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Orange EBITDA, capex – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Orange revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Jazztel financial data (historic) – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 31 – Jazztel revenue by sector (historic, new style) – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 32 – JAZZTEL broadband and mobile subscribers (historic) – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 33 – Vodafone financial data (old style) – 2008 – 2012
  • Table 34 – Vodafone revenue by type (£, new style) – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 35 – Vodafone revenue by type (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Ono financial data by sector (historic) – 2006 – 2014
  • Table 37 – Ono RGUs by sector (historic) – 2006 – 2014
  • Table 38 – Fixed-line traffic – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 39 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 40 – NGN installed lines by access type – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 41 – E-commerce revenue – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 42 – E-commerce transactions – 2011 – 2016
  • Table 43 – Proportion of businesses with a website – 2003 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Telefónica de España access by service – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Orange subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – NGN installed lines by access type – 2009 – 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 73

Status Current

Last updated 19 Oct 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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