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Greece - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4715584
  • Report
  • July 2020
  • Region: Greece
  • 213 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Greece’s Telcos Invest More in Fibre to Reach 2025 Goals
Greece's telecom market continues to suffer from tough economic conditions, with long-term financial strain on the public still telling on telco revenue and investment. However, there are signs of recovery and renewed confidence. The dominant player OTE, which has experienced significant challenges but is supported by the organisational and financial clout of its parent Deutsche Telekom, reported a 2.9% increase in revenue for 2019, the first such growth since 2008.

Broadband penetration in Greece is developing steadily despite the difficult economic conditions. The main operators are concentrating investment on fibre-based next generation networks, enabling them to reach the European broadband targets for 2025. Their work is also supported by government ultra-fast broadband projects, largely funded by the European Commission (EC), aimed at delivering a service of at least 100Mb/s to underserved areas. Some 233 million in funding was approved in February 2020.

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. Although the MNOs have trialled 5G since 2019, commercial services await the auction of suitable spectrum: the regulator expects to auction spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz range later in 2020, followed by 700MHz spectrum in 2021.

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.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments
  • Government extends fibre subsidy scheme to the business sector;
  • BC Partners to acquire a 36% stake in Forthnet;
  • Cosmote selects Ericsson to be its sole 5G RAN vendor;
  • Regulator extends consultation for the 2020 multi-spectrum auction;
  • EC approves 223 million for Greece's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFBB) project;
  • Vodafone closes down the MVNO Cyta Mobile, plans to repurpose 3G network assets for LTE and 5G by 2022;
  • 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;
  • OTE extends Smart City projects to Halkida and Patras;
The report update includes the regulators market review and annual report for 2018, market data for 2019, telcos operating and financial data to Q1 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market development.

Companies Mentioned in This Report

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

2 Regional Market Comparison
2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Background
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile infrastructure
7.3 Mobile data
7.4 Mobile broadband
7.5 Major mobile operators
7.6 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Digital economy
9.1 E-government
9.2 Infrastructure

10 Fixed network operators
10.1 Overview
10.2 OTE
10.3 Wind Hellas
10.4 Forthnet (Nova)
10.5 Vodafone Greece
10.6 Cyta Hellas

11 Telecommunications infrastructure
11.1 National telecom network
11.2 Smart infrastructure

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Greece 2020 (e)
Table 2 Licensed telcos by service 2017
Table 3 Decline in retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services 2009 2019
Table 4 Retail revenue from fixed-telephony services 2014 2019
Table 5 Development of telecom revenue by provider 2009 2017
Table 6 Development of telecom sector investment 2009 - 2019
Table 7 Fixed-line interconnection rates by operator 2011 2017
Table 8 Change in fixed-line interconnection traffic by operator 2010 2017
Table 9 Development in the number of LLU and shared access lines 2007 2019
Table 10 Change in the number of Cosmote's LLU lines 2006 2019
Table 11 Change in the number of annual fixed number portings 2009 2017
Table 12 Change in the number of CpS and WLR lines 2016 2019
Table 13 Mobile interconnection traffic by type 2009 2017
Table 14 Reduction in Mobile Termination Rates 2009 2018
Table 15 Change in the number of annual mobile number portings 2009 2017
Table 16 Change in the number of registered mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2019
Table 17 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 18 Change in mobile voice traffic 2009 2017
Table 19 Decline in average annual mobile ARPU 2011 2017
Table 20 Change in mobile market share of registered subscribers 2009 2017
Table 21 Decline in mobile service retail revenue and annual change 2009 2019
Table 22 Proportion of mobile revenue by service 2015 2017
Table 23 Change in the number or registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 2017
Table 24 Change in the ratio of registered prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2009 2017
Table 25 Change in the number and proportion of Cosmote's prepaid subscribers 2009 2019
Table 26 Change in the proportion of Vodafone Greece's prepaid subscribers 2009 2019
Table 27 Growth in the number of M2M connections 2016 2019
Table 28 Change in the volume of SMS and MMS message sent 2006 2017
Table 29 Change in the proportion of mobile data traffic by network type 2015 2017
Table 30 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 31 Growth in mobile data traffic 2009 2017
Table 32 Change in the number of Vodafone Greece's mobile subscribers 2008 2020
Table 33 Decline in Vodafone Greece's mobile ARPU 2008 2020
Table 34 Development of Vodafone Greece's financial data 2008 2020
Table 35 Increase in Vodafone Greece's mobile data traffic 2014 2020
Table 36 Decline in Cosmote' mobile financial data 2007 2019
Table 37 Change in Cosmote's annualised mobile ARPU 2006 2019
Table 38 Change in the number of Cosmote's mobile subscribers by type 2010 2019
Table 39 Change in the number of broadband lines by speed 2017 2019
Table 40 Change in the market share of broadband lines by speed 2012 2017
Table 41 Growth in the average DSL connection data rate 2008 2017
Table 42 Change in the number of DSL lines by platform/provider 2012 2017
Table 43 Development in the market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider 2007 2017
Table 44 Development in the market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets 2012 2019
Table 45 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 46 Growth in fixed broadband revenue 2014 2017
Table 47 Increase in the number of Cosmote's retail DSL subscribers 2007 2019
Table 48 Change in the number of Forthnet's broadband and LLU subscribers 2007 2019
Table 49 Change in the number of Vodafone's retail DSL subscribers 2012 2020
Table 50 Growth in the number of Cosmote's fibre/VDSL subscribers 2013 2019
Table 51 VDSL as proportion of all fixed broadband connections 2013 2017
Table 52 Growth in the number of fibre/VDSL broadband subscribers 2017 2019
Table 53 Growth in the number of FttP connections 2017 2019
Table 54 OTE share of fixed-line call traffic 2005 2017
Table 55 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic 2010 2019
Table 56 Development of Cosmote Group's financial data 2006 2019
Table 57 Change in the number of Cosmote's fixed subscribers 2009 2019
Table 58 Development of Cosmote's financial data by sector 2013 2019
Table 59 Development of Forthnet Group's financial data 2007 2019
Table 60 Forthnet Company financial data 2009 2019
Table 61 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2009 2019
Table 62 Change in the number of fixed lines in service: OTE and altnets 2009 2019
Table 63 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2016 2019
Table 64 Change in the share of fixed lines by OTE and altnets 2009 2019
Table 65 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2009 2024
Table 66 Decline in outgoing fixed-line traffic: OTE and altnets 2010 2017
Table 67 PSTN lines in service 2005 2019
Table 68 OTE market share of fixed-lines in service 2005 2017
Table 69 Development of Next Generation Access household access penetration 2011 2017
Table 70 Historic - Mobile subscribers (registered) and penetration 1996 2009
Table 71 Historic - Active mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 2009
Table 72 Historic - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2004 2009
Table 73 Historic - Mobile market share of registered subscribers by operator 2005 2009
Table 74 Historic - Mobile and fixed-line traffic 2004 2009
Table 75 Historic - Mobile service retail revenue and annual change 2003 2009
Table 76 Historic - annual mobile number portings 2004 2009
Table 77 Historic - Mobile revenue (retail and wholesale) 2010 2016
Table 78 Historic - Mobile service EBITDA and annual change 2003 2014
Table 79 Historic - Mobile service capex 2001 2014
Table 80 Historic - Proportion of mobile data traffic by technology platform 2015 2016
Table 81 Historic - Vodafone SMS messages sent 2014 2016
Table 82 Historic - Cosmote prepaid subscribers 2005 2009
Table 83 Historic Vodafone Greece's proportion of prepaid subscribers 2005 2009
Table 84 Historic - Cosmote mobile data revenue 2015 2017
Table 85 Historic - Cosmote mobile subscribers 2006 2009
Table 86 Historic - Internet users and penetration 1999 - 2015
Table 87 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2003 2009
Table 88 Historic - OTE and altnet fixed lines in service 2005 2009
Table 89 Historic - Cosmote Group operating and net income 2006 2014
Table 90 Historic - Telecom sector investments 2004 - 2009
Table 91 Historic - Licensed telcos' financial performance (regulator data) 2000 2009
Table 92 Historic - Fixed lines in service by type 2000 2009
Table 93 Historic - Fixed-lines and teledensity 2005 2009
Table 94 Historic - Annual fixed number portings 2004 2009
Table 95 Historic - Retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services 2005 2009
Table 96 Historic - Telecom revenue by provider 2004 2009
Table 97 Historic - Licensed telcos' financial performance (regulator data) 2009 2016
Table 98 Historic - CPS lines 2004 2013
Table 99 Historic - WLR lines 2009 2013
Table 100 Historic - Fixed-line traffic 2004 2009

List of Charts
Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 Decline in in retail revenue from fixed-telephony and internet services 2009 2017
Chart 15 Development of telecom revenue by provider 2009 2017
Chart 16 Development of telecom sector investment 2009 - 2019
Chart 17 Change in fixed-line interconnection traffic by operator 2010 2017
Chart 18 Change in the number of Cosmote's LLU lines 2006 2019
Chart 19 Change in the number of annual fixed number portings 2009 2017
Chart 20 Reduction in Mobile Termination Rates 2009 2018
Chart 21 Change in the number of annual mobile number portings 2009 2017
Chart 22 Change in the number of registered mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2019
Chart 23 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 24 Change in mobile voice traffic 2009 2017
Chart 25 Decline in average annual mobile ARPU 2011 2017
Chart 26 Change in mobile market share of registered subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 27 Decline in mobile service retail revenue and annual change 2010 2019
Chart 28 Change in the number or registered prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 29 Change in the number or registered prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2009 2017
Chart 30 Change in the number and proportion of Cosmote's prepaid subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 31 Change in the volume of SMS and MMS message sent 2006 2017
Chart 32 Change in the proportion of mobile data traffic by network type 2015 2017
Chart 33 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 34 Growth in mobile data traffic 2009 2017
Chart 35 Change in the number of Vodafone Greece's mobile subscribers 2008 2020
Chart 36 Decline in Vodafone Greece's mobile ARPU 2008 2020
Chart 37 Development of Vodafone Greece's financial data 2008 2020
Chart 38 Increase in Vodafone Greece's mobile data traffic 2014 2020
Chart 39 Decline in Cosmote' mobile financial data 2007 2019
Chart 40 Change in the number of Cosmote's mobile subscribers by type 2010 2019
Chart 41 Change in the market share of broadband lines by speed 2012 2017
Chart 42 Growth in the average DSL connection data rate 2008 2016
Chart 43 Change in the number of DSL lines by platform/provider 2012 2017
Chart 44 Development in the market share of broadband subscribers by platform/provider 2007 2017
Chart 45 Development in the market share of broadband subscribers: OTE and altnets 2012 2019
Chart 46 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 47 Increase in the number of Cosmote's retail DSL subscribers 2007 2019
Chart 48 Change in the number of Forthnet's broadband and LLU subscribers 2007 2019
Chart 49 Change in the number of Vodafone's retail DSL subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 50 Growth in the number of Cosmote's fibre/VDSL subscribers 2013 2019
Chart 51 VDSL as proportion of all fixed broadband connections 2013 2017
Chart 52 Decline in fixed-line voice traffic 2010 2019
Chart 53 Development of Cosmote Group's financial data 2006 2019
Chart 54 Change in the number of Cosmote's fixed subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 55 Development of Cosmote's financial data by sector 2013 2019
Chart 56 Development of Forthnet Group's financial data 2007 2019
Chart 57 Change in the number of fixed lines in service: OTE and altnets 2009 2019
Chart 58 Change in the share of fixed lines by OTE and altnets 2009 2019
Chart 59 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2009 2024
Chart 60 Decline in outgoing fixed-line traffic: OTE and altnets 2010 2017
Chart 61 Development of Next Generation Access household access penetration 2011 2017

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Overview of spectrum auction results 2001 - 2011
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
Exhibit 9 Spectrum assignments for 5G 2020
Exhibit 10 3G auction results in Greece 2001
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