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Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Greece's telcos invest more in fibre to reach 2025 goals

Greece's telecoms market has suffered from tough economic conditions in recent years, leading to lower sector overall revenue and investment. Operators across the board have seen gross profits tumble year after year, and the continuing economic turmoil will make market conditions particularly difficult during the next few years. The dominant player remains the incumbent telco OTE, which has experienced significant challenges but is supported by the organisational ability and financial clout of its parent Deutsche Telekom, which now owns a 45% stake in the company.

Broadband penetration in Greece is developing steadily despite the difficult economic conditions. The main operators have nevertheless secured loans to enable them to build fibre-based next generation networks and so reach the European broadband targets for 2025. Consumers in Greece have limited choices, since the country remains the only one in Europe with a single access network, there being no cable platform and only a very limited reach of fibre infrastructure thus far.

Greece's well-developed mobile market is dominated by the three mobile network operators Wind Hellas, Vodafone Greece and Cosmote. Operators continue to invest in LTE infrastructure and technologies to provide networks capable of meeting customer demand for data services. This in turn is helping the operators to offset declining revenue from voice and SMS services. Wind Hellas and Vodafone have a mobile network sharing deal and have partnered to develop a large-scale fibre-based fixed-line NGN.

The regulator has set in train the release of spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz band for 5G use, anticipating spectrum auctions to be held during 2019, with services being launched in urban areas by late 2019 and nationally by 2020. In October 2018 Wind Hellas announced plans to trial 5G during 2019, initially in Kalamata.

This report introduces the key aspects of the Greek fixed-line telecoms, wholesale and IT market, outlining the regulatory environment, assessing the major players and providing relevant operational data and financial statistics on both the operators and the market. The report also covers the fixed-line broadband segment, as also the mobile voice and data markets, covering regulatory and sector developments as well as reviews of the key players.

Key developments:

Ericsson deploys NB-IoT for Cosmote in 11 cities;

Vodafone completes acquisition of Cyta Hellas;

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, launches LTE-A Pro services;

Alternative operators able to access OTE's VDSL vectoring technology;

Wind Hellas providing 1Gb/s in fibre trials, extends fibre sharing venture with Vodafone Greece;

Amended laws reducing SIM card penetration;

2G spectrum refarmed for 3G and LTE use;

OTE extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras;

Government sells 5% stake in OTE to Deutsche Telekom;

Report update includes the regulator's market review and annual report for 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Greece, OTE (Cosmote), Wind Hellas, Forthnet (Nova), Wind Hellas, On Telecoms, Tellas, On Telecoms


Table Of Content


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 OTE (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 OTE

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 Introduction and statistical overview

6.1.1 Market analysis

6.1.2 Broadband statistics

6.1.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022

6.1.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

6.1.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

6.2 Other fixed broadband services

6.2.1 Overview

6.2.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)

6.2.3 Videostreaming

7. Digital economy

7.1 Overview

7.2 E-government

7.3 Infrastructure

8. Mobile communications

8.1 Market analysis

8.2 Mobile statistics

8.2.1 General statistics

8.3 Mobile infrastructure

8.3.1 5G

8.3.2 4G (LTE)

8.3.3 3G

8.3.4 2G (GSM)

8.3.5 Other infrastructure developments

8.4 Mobile data

8.4.1 Short Messaging Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)

8.5 Mobile broadband

8.6 Regulatory issues

8.6.1 Significant Market Power (SMP)

8.6.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

8.6.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

8.6.4 Spectrum refarming

8.6.5 900MHz and 1800MHz licence renewal

8.6.6 1800MHz

8.6.7 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction

8.6.8 3.4GHz

8.6.9 Network sharing

8.7 Major mobile operators

8.7.1 Wind Hellas

8.7.2 Vodafone Greece

8.7.3 Cosmote

8.8 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

8.9 Mobile content and applications

Exhibit 1 3G auction results in Greece 2001

Exhibit 2 Overview of spectrum auction results

Exhibit 3 2G auction results 2001

Exhibit 4 900MHz and 1800MHz auction spectrum 2011

Exhibit 5 900MHz and 1800MHz auction results 2011

Exhibit 6 Spectrum auction results 2014

Exhibit 7 Spectrum auction results overview 2001-2014

Exhibit 8 Spectrum auction results February 2017

List Of Figure

Chart 1 Telecom revenue by provider 2004 2016

Chart 2 Licensed telcos' financial performance (regulator data) 2000 2016

Chart 3 Forthnet Group financial data 2007 2018

Chart 4 Fixed-lines and teledensity 2005 2018

Chart 5 Internet users and penetration 2005 2018

Chart 6 Market share of broadband lines by speed 2012 2016

Chart 7 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2003 2018

Chart 8 Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers 2007 2018

Chart 9 Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration 2005-2018

Chart 10 Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator 2005-2016

Chart 11 Registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 2016

Chart 12 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 2018

Chart 13 Vodafone ARPU 2008-2018

Chart 14 Vodafone financial data 2008 2019

Chart 15 Cosmote mobile financial data 2007-2018

List Of Table

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Greece 2018 (e)

Table 2 Retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services 2005-2016

Table 3 Retail revenue from fixed-telephony services 2014-2016

Table 4 Telecom revenue by provider 2004-2016

Table 5 Telecom sector investments 2004-2016

Table 6 Licensed telcos' financial performance (regulator data) 2000 2016

Table 7 Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator 2011-2015

Table 8 Fixed-line interconnection traffic by operator 2010-2016

Table 9 LLU and shared access lines 2007-2016

Table 10 Cosmote LLU lines 2006-2017

Table 11 Annual fixed number portings 2004-2016

Table 12 CPS lines 2004-2013

Table 13 WLR lines 2009-2013

Table 14 OTE share of fixed-line call traffic 2005-2016

Table 15 Fixed-line traffic 2004-2016

Table 16 OTE Group financial data 2006-2018

Table 17 Cosmote subscriber data 2009-2018

Table 18 Cosmote company financial data by sector 2013-2018

Table 19 Forthnet Group financial data 2007-2018

Table 20 Forthnet Company financial data 2009-2018

Table 21 Fixed lines in service 2000-2016

Table 22 OTE and altnet fixed lines in service 2005-2016

Table 23 OTE and altnet share of fixed lines 2013-2017

Table 24 Fixed-lines and teledensity 2005-2018

Table 25 OTE PSTN lines in service 2005-2017

Table 26 OTE market share of fixed-lines in service 2005-2017

Table 27 Next Generation Network household access penetration 2011-2016

Table 28 Historic-Internet users and penetration 1999-2009

Table 29 Internet users and penetration 2010-2018

Table 30 Market share of broadband lines by speed 2012-2016

Table 31 Average DSL broadband line data rate 2008-2016

Table 32 DSL lines by platform/provider 2012-2016

Table 33 Market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider 2007-2016

Table 34 Market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets 2012-2017

Table 35 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2003-2018

Table 36 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 37 OTE retail DSL subscribers 2007 2018

Table 38 Forthnet broadband and LLU subscribers 2007-2018

Table 39 Vodafone retail DSL subscribers 2012 2018

Table 40 OTE fibre/VDSL subscribers 2013-2018

Table 41 VDSL as proportion of all fixed broadband connections 2013-2016

Table 42 Cosmote TV subscribers 2009- 2018

Table 43 IPTV subscribers 2012- 2017

Table 44 Forthnet pay-TV subscribers 2013-2018

Table 45 Historic-Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration 1996-2009

Table 46 Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration 2010-2018

Table 47 Active mobile subscribers 2003-2018

Table 48 Mobile and fixed-line traffic 2004-2016

Table 49 Mobile ARPU 2011-2015

Table 50 Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator 2005-2016

Table 51 Mobile service retail revenue and annual change 2003-2016

Table 52 Mobile revenue (retail and wholesale) 2010-2016

Table 53 Proportion of mobile revenue by service 2015-2016

Table 54 Mobile service EBITDA and annual change 2003-2014

Table 55 Mobile service capex 2001-2014

Table 56 Registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009-2016

Table 57 Ratio of registered prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2009-2016

Table 58 Cosmote prepaid subscribers 2005-2018

Table 59 Vodafone proportion of prepaid subscribers 2005-2018

Table 60 Total SMS messages sent 2006-2016

Table 61 Total MMS messages sent 2009-2016

Table 62 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2004-2018

Table 63 Mobile data traffic 2009-2016

Table 64 Proportion of mobile data traffic by technology platform 2015-2016

Table 65 Mobile interconnection traffic by type 2009-2016

Table 66 Mobile Termination Rate 2009-2016

Table 67 Annual mobile number portings 2004-2016

Table 68 Vodafone subscribers 2008-2018

Table 69 Vodafone ARPU 2008-2018

Table 70 Vodafone financial data 2008-2019

Table 71 Vodafone SMS messages sent 2014-2016

Table 72 Vodafone mobile data traffic 2014-2018

Table 73 Cosmote mobile financial data 2007-2018

Table 74 Cosmote annualised ARPU 2006-2018

Table 75 Cosmote mobile data revenue 2015-2017

Table 76 Cosmote subscribers 2006-2018

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