Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Spain’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Spain expected to have universal FttP coverage by 2024

Spain’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, supported by a population of more than 46 million. 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. With LTE widely available, the focus among operators 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.

The fixed-line broadband sector has also been backed by investment in fibre infrastructure, enabling providers to develop improved bundled services and to compete more effectively. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to Telefónica’s DSL and FttP networks, while network sharing agreements have meant that Orange Spain, Vodafone Spain and Másmóvil have become significant operators. By mid-2019 fibre accounted for 62% of all fixed broadband connections. Telefónica alone expects to provide complete FttP coverage by 2024.

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. In addition, the report covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies, as well as analyses on the mobile sector, including an assessment of regulatory issues, a profile of the major providers, and a review of mobile data services and technologies including LTE and 5G. The report also provides fixed-line, broadband, mobile, and mobile broadband subscriber forecasts to 2024.

 

Key developments:

  • EllaLink submarine cable connecting Spain with Brazil to be ready in 2020;
  • 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;
  • Vodafone Spain contracts Huawei to upgrade its HFC network with DOCSIS3.1, launches a 1Gb/s broadband service to four million premises;
  • Movistar aiming to provide 100% FttP coverage by 2024;
  • Fibre broadband accounting for 62% of all fixed-line broadband connections
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange Spain, Telefónica (Movistar), Jazztel, Ono, Vodafone Spain, Lebara, Lycamobile, Másmóvil, YouMobile, Yoigo

Henry Lancaster
October 2019

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • 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
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Government initiatives
      • Broadband statistics
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Movistar
      • ADSL2+
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Regulatory issues
      • Fibre market
      • Movistar
      • Vodafone Spain
      • Orange Spain
      • Other developments
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Satellite broadband
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Operator market shares
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Major mobile operators
      • Movistar
      • Vodafone Spain
      • Orange Spain
      • Másmóvil
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile content and applications
  • Appendix – Historic data


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Spain – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line subscribers, by major operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line subscribers by minor operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line (direct line) subscriber market share by major operator – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart SEQ Chart 40 – Orange Spain connectable fibre premises – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2013
  • Table 7 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2015
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 9 – Historic - DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 10 – Historic - Broadband revenue by platform – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 11 – Historic - FttX lines installed – 2009 – 2014
  • Table 12 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 13 – Historic - Mobile retail market revenue and annual change– 2000 – 2009
  • Table 14 – Historic - Mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 15 – Historic - Annual number portings – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Historic - Mobile traffic prepaid and contract in minutes – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers by technology platform – 2002 – 2014
  • Table 18 – Historic - Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Base stations in service, by technology – 2001 – 2015

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue, retail and wholesale – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Total telecom retail revenue and annual change – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Telecom retail revenue by sector – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Telecom retail revenue annual change, by sector – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Decline in interconnection revenue – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Fixed-line subscribers by type of access – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed number portings – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Decline in the number of Carrier PreSelection lines – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Decline in fixed line revenue – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Telefónica Group financial data – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Decline in Telefónica de España EBITDA – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Telefónica de España consumer and business wireline line revenue – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Telefónica de España fixed telephony and broadband lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Telefónica de España retail and wholesale access lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Growth in the number of Orange mobile and broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Growth in Orange EBITDA, capex – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in Vodafone Spain’s revenue by segment – 2017 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Decline in fixed line traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 19 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 20 – NGN installed lines by access type – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – DSL, cable and fibre broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 23 – Annual growth of broadband subscriptions by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – Fixed broadband lines by data rate (Mb/s) – 2016 – 2018
  • Chart 25 – Broadband subscriptions by major operator – 2016 – 2018
  • Chart 26 – Share of broadband lines by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 27 – Change in fixed internet market revenue – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 28 – Broadband revenue by platform – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 29 – Euskatel cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 30 – Movistar retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Consumer and business FttP subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 32 – FttP lines by operator – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Másmóvil broadband accessible premises – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 34 – Másmóvil broadband subscriber share by platform – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 35 – Growth in the number of Másmóvil’s broadband subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 36 – Movistar retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Growth in the number of Vodafone Spain broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 38 – Growth in the number of Orange Spain broadband subscribers, by type – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 39 – Development of Orange Spain’s broadband ARPU/ARPO – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 41 – Decline in the number of Wi-Fi/WiMAX/LMDS subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 42 – Decline in mobile retail market revenue, annual change– 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 43 – Mobile market revenue by sector – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 44 – Decline in mobile market revenue by contract and prepaid sectors – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 45 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 46 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers:– 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 47 – Cost per invoiced minute of use: contract, prepaid; all operators – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 48 – Change in mobile service price index – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 49 – Subscriber market share by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 50 – Change in prepaid and contract mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 51 – Change in messaging revenue by type – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 52 – Change in messaging traffic by type – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 53 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 54 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband lines by type (voice and data) – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 55 – Development of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 56 – Growth in mobile broadband traffic – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 57 – Growth in mobile broadband revenue and annual change – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 58 – Change in the number of annual mobile numbers ported – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 59 – Growth in Movistar’s LTE subscriber base and penetration – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 60 – Growth in the number of M2M lines – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 61 – Change in the number of Movistar’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 62 – Vodafone revenue by type – 2013 – 2020
  • Chart 63 – Vodafone quarterly mobile service revenue (year to March) – 2016 – 2020
  • Chart 64 – Change in the number of Vodafone’s mobile subscribers and proportion prepaid – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 65 – Growth in Vodafone’s mobile data traffic – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 66 – Change in Vodafone’s mobile ARPU – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 67 – Vodafone Spain customer churn – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 68 – Decline in Vodafone’ mobile customer retention costs – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 69 – Change in the number of Orange’s mobile subscribers by type – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 70 – Orange mobile service revenue – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 71 – Orange ARPU/ARPO by sector (per month) – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 72 – Orange customer churn – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 73 – Growth in the number of Másmóvil subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 74 – Growth in Másmóvil revenue – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 75 – Growth in the number of MVNO subscribers and market share – 2009 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 2 – Narrowband and broadband wireless licensees – 2000
  • Exhibit 3 – 3G licence results in Spain – March 2000
  • Exhibit 4 – Overview of spectrum allocations – 2011
  • Exhibit 5 – 3.6GHz auction results – July 2018
  • Exhibit 6 – Overview of MVNOs

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