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In recent years the value of Spain’s telecom market has fallen steadily, with the sector affected by the poor economic climate which has contributed to high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. However, a five-year recession, with tumbling GDP, effectively ended in 2014 when the economy showed a steady return to growth for four quarters in succession. Growing confidence among investors was palpable starting in 2015, and the improved business climate augurs well for the sector into 2017.
Mobile penetration is high and growing steadily if slowly, while broadband uptake is backed by continuing investment in infrastructure among operators in a bid to provide improved bundled services and so compete more effectively against other players. The regulator has fostered competition by providing access to the incumbent’s DSL and FttP networks, which has stimulated fibre roll-outs.
This report introduces the key aspects of the Spanish telecom market, providing statistics on the fixed-network services sector, and profiling the main players and their strategies to meet an increasingly competitive environment. The report also assesses the main regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection.
Telefónica prepares to sell Telxius infrastructure business; Oran-Valencia (Orval) submarine cable expected to be ready for service in June 2017; government pressed to revitalise telecoms sector; Telefónica considers asset sales; regulator agrees to 6.8% increase in LLU charges; Telefónica develops new organisational structure; new indirect access model introduced; revised wholesale broadband access regulations; regulator’s market data updates to November 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Orange, Telefónica, Jazztel, Ono.