Spain Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Publication Date: April 2024

Report Pages: 307

Spain’s telcos continue merger activity to gain scale and reduce costs

Spain has been one of the most heavily impacted by the pandemic in all Europe. GDP dropped by 10.8% in 2020, while telecom revenue reversed the previous five years’ positive results by falling 5.3%. There has been some recovery since 2021, though telcos still feel considerable pressure.

One bright spot in an otherwise grey landscape has been broadband — both fixed and mobile. Spain’s fixed-line broadband market, in particular, managed to extend its decade-long pattern of steady growth into 2022, with a slight increase in demand caused by the need for fast internet access to support working and learning from home.

Key developments

  • Telefónica sets up BlueVia Fibra as a subsidiary to develop FttP services in rural areas;
  • Orange and Másmóvil agree to merge their businesses in Spain;
  • Vodafone, Orange, and Movistar each secure 2x10MHz spectrum in the long-delayed 700MHz auction;
  • Spectrum licence periods are to be doubled to 40 years in future spectrum auctions;
  • 100Tb/s 5,900km EllaLink submarine cable connecting Madrid, Lisbon, and São Paulo, with branch lines to Fortaleza (Brazil), Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the Cape Verde islands comes on-line;
  • Vodafone and Canalink to build an extension of the 2Africa submarine cable to connect the Canary Islands with Spain;
  • Report includes the regulator's market data to May 2022, telcos' financial and operating data updates for Q2 2022, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, and other recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report

Telefónica, Orange Spain, Vodafone Spain, Movistar (Telefónica Móviles), Másmóvil, Euskaltel, Jazztel, Ono, Yoigo

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