Italy - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Italy’s vibrant mobile market continues to have one of the highest penetration rates in Europe. The market has undergone considerable changes in recent years following the merger of Wind and 3 Italia to become Wind Tre in January 2017. As a result of the merger the market gained a new entrant in the form of Iliad, which secured access to spectrum and to part of Wind Tre’s infrastructure to enable it to offer services while its own network is being developed. The company launched services in May 2018.

Network operators have also been among the first in Europe to trial services based on 5G. To this end they have been helped by the regulator which made available spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for trial licenses, and assigned a number of cities which are the test-beds for future services. An auction of spectrum in a range of bands suitable for 5G is anticipated in September 2018.

This report provides an analytic overview of Italy’s mobile market, including statistics, key regulatory issues and an assessment of mobile data services. It also profiles the major providers and the likely impact of emerging technologies on their strategies for coming years.

Key developments:

  • Regulator raises €2 billion in 700MHz auction;
  • CK Hutchison completes purchase of VEONs 50% stake in Wind Tre;
  • TIM’s LTE trials reach speeds of 1Gb/s;
  • Vodafone Italy and TIM settle into NB-IoT services over their LTE networks;
  • Regulator consults on extending licenses in the 3.5GHz band;
  • Vodafone Italy extends its 550Mb/s LTE-A service to seven cities;
  • Government selects operators for 5G trials in five cities;
  • TIM trials LTE broadcast technology, preps for 5G applications and services;
  • Regulator extends 3G licences to 2029 and GSM licences to 2027;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Wind Tre (3 Italia / Wind Telecom), Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Italia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Operator market shares
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 Digital networks
      • 4.1.1 5G
      • 4.1.2 4G (LTE)
      • 4.1.3 3G
    • 4.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 4.2.1 Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT)
      • 4.2.2 M2M
  • 5. Mobile voice
  • 6. Mobile data
    • 6.1 Short Messaging Service (SMS)
    • 6.2 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
    • 6.3 Mobile broadband
  • 7. Regulatory issues
    • 7.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 7.1.1 Spectrum auctions - 2000
      • 7.1.2 Spectrum auctions - 2011
      • 7.1.3 Spectrum renewal
      • 7.1.4 3.5GHz
      • 7.1.5 Spectrum auction – 2018
    • 7.2 Roaming
    • 7.3 Network sharing
    • 7.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 7.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
  • 8. Major mobile operators
    • 8.1 Wind Tre (3 Italia/Wind)
    • 8.2 TIM
    • 8.3 Vodafone Italy
    • 8.4 Iliad
    • 8.5 MVNOs
  • 9. Mobile content and applications
    • 9.1 Mobile banking/ticketing
    • 9.2 Payment services
    • 9.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Mobile subscribers (excluding M2M) – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 4 – Mobile market revenue – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile market investment – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 6 – Mobile device and service price index – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Prepaid and contract cards in service – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Proportion of prepaid and contract cards in service – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – TIM mobile subscribers – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 11 – M2M connections – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 12 – SMS/MMS and other data revenue – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 13 – SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Average data per SIM card per month – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Vodafone SMS traffic – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Wind Telecom mobile internet subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Wind Telecom mobile internet revenue – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 20 – TIM mobile internet subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 21 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 22 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 24 – Annual mobile numbers portings – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Historic - Wind mobile registered subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Wind Tre registered mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 27 – 3 Italia (Wind Tre) active mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 28 – 3 Italia (Wind Tre) annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 29 –Wind Tre operational statistics and mobile revenue – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Wind annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Wind Tre mobile revenue – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 32 –Wind Tre mobile EBITDA, capex – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 33 – TIM mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 34 – TIM mobile revenue by sector – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Vodafone subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Vodafone fixed-line revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Vodafone mobile service revenue by sector – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Vodafone mobile customer cost – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 40 – MVNO mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 41 – Tiscali mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 42 – Fastweb mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 43 – MVNO market share of MVNO subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 44 – M2M connections – 2013 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2019
  • Chart 2 – Mobile market revenue – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – 3 Italia mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Chart 5 – 3 Italia annualised ARPU – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – TIM annualised ARPU – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – TIM revenue by sector, annual change – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Vodafone prepaid, contract and blended ARPU (€) – 2004 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – UMTS auction results – 2000
  • Exhibit 2 – UMTS auction results – 2009
  • Exhibit 3 – Spectrum allocations at auction – 2011
  • Exhibit 4 – Total spectrum outlay by operator – 2011
  • Exhibit 5 – 3 Italia spectrum concessions

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