Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Greece’s mobile operators extend licences and focus on network upgradesGreece’s telecoms market has suffered from tough economic conditions in recent years, leading to lower sector revenue and investment. Operators across the board have seen gross profits tumble year after year, and the continuing economic turmoil will make market conditions difficult during the next few years. Although the incumbent telco Cosmote remains the dominant operator in all sectors, the telecom regulator has shown increasing success in promoting competition, with local loop unbundling well utilised to deliver competing fixed-line services. Promoting competition has become one of the EC’s conditions for Greece’s financial bailouts. The regulator showed its willingness to cooperate by fining Cosmote in late 2017 for LLU infringements.

Broadband penetration in Greece is developing steadily despite the difficult economic conditions and the 5% tax imposed of internet services from January 2017. These conditions have reduced consumer spend on services, with a knock-on effect on revenue. Nevertheless, the main operators have been able to secure loans to enable them to build fibre-based next generation networks and so reach the European broadband targets for 2025.

Greece’s well-developed mobile market is dominated by the three mobile network operators Wind Hellas, Vodafone Greece and Cosmote. These operators continue to invest in LTE infrastructure and technologies, including carrier aggregation, to provide networks capable of meeting customer demand for data services. This in turn is helping them offset declining revenue from voice and SMS services.

This report provides an overview of Greece’s telecom market, including a review of the key telcos and regulatory measures, and an assessment of the operating environment. The report also analyses the mobile voice and data markets, covering regulatory and market developments as well as financial and operating statistics of the key players. In addition the report considers the key aspects of the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets.

Key developments:
  • Cosmote extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras;
  • Regulator selects Forthnet as Universal Services provider;
  • Regulator fines Cosmote for LLU infringements;
  • Vestitel builds second fibre-optic link between Greece and Bulgaria;
  • Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas pay €201.45 million to extend 1800MHz licences to end-2035;
  • Cosmote trials carrier aggregation technology providing data at up to 1.2Gb/s;
  • 2G spectrum to be refarmed for 3G and LTE use;
  • Alternative operators able to access Cosmote’s VDSL vectoring technology;
  • Wind Hellas providing 1Gb/s in fibre trials;
  • Regulations ratified for in-building fibre ducts;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market review and 2016 annual report, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017 recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Cosmote (OTE), Forthnet (Nova), Wind Hellas, On Telecoms, Tellas, Vodafone Greece, Hellas Online
1. KEY STATISTICS

1.1 Country overview

2. TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

2.1 Overview

3. REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

3.1 Background
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
  3.3.1 Privatisation
  3.3.2 Interconnection
  3.3.3 Access
  3.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
  3.3.5 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
  3.3.6 Universal Service Obligation (USO)

4. FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

4.1 Overview of operators
4.2 Cosmote (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, OTE)
4.3 Wind Hellas
4.4 Forthnet (Nova)
4.5 Vodafone Greece
4.6 Cyta Hellas

5. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

5.1 National telecom network
  5.1.1 Cosmote
  5.1.2 NGN
  5.1.3 Alternative operators
  5.1.4 Satellite networks
  5.1.5 Submarine cables
5.2 Smart infrastructure

6. BROADBAND MARKET

6.1 Fixed broadband market
  6.1.1 Overview
  6.1.2 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
  6.1.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.2 Other fixed broadband services
  6.2.1 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  6.2.2 Videostreaming

7. DIGITAL ECONOMY

7.1 E-government
7.2 Infrastructure

8. MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
  8.2.1 General statistics
  8.2.2 Mobile data
  8.2.3 Mobile broadband
  8.2.4 Regulatory issues
8.3 Mobile infrastructure
  8.3.1 Digital networks
  8.3.2 Major mobile operators
  8.3.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  8.3.4 Mobile content and applications

LIST OF EXHIBITS

Exhibit 1 – Overview of spectrum auction results
Exhibit 2 – 2G auction results – 2001
Exhibit 3 – 900MHz and 1800MHz auction spectrum – 2011
Exhibit 4 – 900MHz and 1800MHz auction results – 2011
Exhibit 5 – Spectrum auction results – 2014
Exhibit 6 – Spectrum auction results overview – 2001 - 2014
Exhibit 7 – Spectrum auction results – February 2017
Exhibit 8 – 3G auction results in Greece – 2001
LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Retail revenue from fixed-telephony, internet and content services – 2005 - 2015
Table 8 – Telecom revenue by provider – 2004 - 2015
Table 9 – Telecom sector investments – 2004 - 2015
Table 10 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2015
Table 11 – Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator – 2012 - 2015
Table 12 –LLU and shared access lines – 2007 - 2015
Table 13 – Cosmote LLU lines – 2006 - 2017
Table 14 – Annual fixed number portings – 2004 - 2015
Table 15 – CPS lines – 2004 - 2013
Table 16 – WLR lines – 2009 - 2013
Table 17 – OTE share of fixed-line call traffic – 2005 - 2015
Table 18 – Fixed-line traffic – 2004 - 2015
Table 19 – OTE Group financial data – 2006 - 2017
Table 20 – Cosmote subscriber data – 2009 - 2017
Table 21 – Cosmote company financial data by sector– 2013 - 2017
Table 22 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 - 2017
Table 23 – Forthnet Company financial data – 2009 - 2017
Table 24 – Fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2015
Table 25 – OTE and altnet fixed lines in service – 2005 - 2015
Table 26 – OTE and altnet share of fixed lines – 2013 - 2017
Table 27 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
Table 28 – OTE PSTN lines in service – 2005 - 2017
Table 29 – Cosmote market share of fixed-lines in service – 2005 - 2015
Table 30 – Next Generation Network access penetration – 2011 - 2015
Table 31 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1999 - 2009
Table 32 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 33 – Market share of broadband lines by speed – 2012 - 2015
Table 34 – Average DSL broadband line data rate – 2008 - 2015
Table 35 – DSL lines by platform/provider – 2012 - 2015
Table 36 – Market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider – 2009 - 2015
Table 37 – Market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets – 2012 - 2017
Table 38 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2018
Table 39 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 40 – Cosmote retail DSL subscribers – 2007 – 2017
Table 41 – Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers – 2007 - 2017
Table 42 – Vodafone retail DSL subscribers – 2012 – 2017
Table 43 – Cosmote VDSL subscribers – 2013 - 2017
Table 44 – Cosmote TV subscribers – 2009- 2017
Table 45 – IPTV subscribers – 2012- 2017
Table 46 – Forthnet pay-TV subscribers – 2013 - 2017
Table 47 – Historic - Mobile subscribers (SIM) and penetration – 1996 - 2009
Table 48 – Mobile subscribers (SIM) and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 49 – Active mobile subscribers (SIM) – 2003 - 2016
Table 50 – Mobile and fixed-line traffic – 2004 - 2015
Table 51 – Mobile ARPU – 2009 - 2015
Table 52 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2015
Table 53 – Mobile service revenue and annual change – 2003 - 2015
Table 54 – Proportion of mobile revenue by service – 2015
Table 55 – Mobile service EBITDA and annual change – 2003 - 2014
Table 56 – Mobile service capex – 2001 - 2014
Table 57 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 - 2015
Table 58 – Cosmote prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
Table 59 – Vodafone proportion of prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2017
Table 60 – Total SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2015
Table 61 – Total MMS messages sent – 2009 - 2015
Table 62 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2016
Table 63 – Mobile data traffic – 2009 - 2015
Table 64 – Mobile interconnection traffic by type – 2009 - 2015
Table 65 – Annual mobile number portings – 2004 - 2015
Table 66 – Vodafone subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 67 – Vodafone ARPU – 2008 - 2017
Table 68 – Vodafone financial data – 2008 - 2018
Table 69 – Vodafone SMS messages sent – 2014 - 2016
Table 70 – Vodafone mobile data traffic – 2014 - 2017
Table 71 – Cosmote mobile financial data – 2007 - 2017
Table 72 – Cosmote annualised ARPU – 2006 - 2017
Table 73 – Cosmote mobile data revenue – 2015 - 2017
Table 74 – Cosmote subscribers – 2006 - 2017

LIST OF CHARTS

Chart 1 – Licensed telcos’ financial performance (regulator data) – 2000 – 2015
Chart 2 – Forthnet Group financial data – 2007 – 2017
Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
Chart 4 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
Chart 5 – Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers – 2007 – 2017
Chart 6 – Mobile subscribers (SIM) and penetration – 2005 - 2018
Chart 7 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2015
Chart 8 – Vodafone ARPU – 2008 - 2017
Chart 9 – Cosmote mobile financial data – 2007 - 2017

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