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New Report Available: Spain Telecommunications Report Q4 2014

New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research


Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/03/2014 -- The trend towards consolidation continues apace in Spain, with Telef?nica closing a deal for Digital+, following Vodafone's acquisition of Ono and rumours surrounding Jazztel and Yoigo as possible targets. The larger players are facing massive investments in 4G and fibre as Spain moves to next-generation networks . However, weak consumer demand and fierce competition has caused a significant drop in prices, as smaller companies such as Yoigo make an impact. C onsolidation is therefore an attractive concept for the larger players, reducing the overall level of competition in the sector and acquiring additional resources. The early returns on these investments is promising, with Orange reporting its 4G base had exceeded 1mn subscribers and FTTH connections rising by 83% in 2013. We expect M&A trends to continue over the next year or two, as the telecoms sector is facing a slow recovery throughout mobile, fixed line, broadband and pay-TV.

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Key Data

The mobile market contracted by 1mn in Q114, reaching 47.914mn.
The disconnection of active subscribers had helped stabilise APRU rates but these continue to decline because of consumers' heightened price sensitivity and the continued implementation of mobile termination rate cuts.
Dedicated mobile broadband subscriptions have not recovered, according to the Comisi?n del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones.
FTTH subscriptions increased by 83% in 2013, reaching 609,000 subscribers.

Key Trends And Developments

Telef?nica has closed the acquisition of a 56% stake in Distribuidora de Television Digital (Digital+), also known as Canal+, for a reported EUR750mn (USD1.02bn). Telef?nica bought the stake from media group Prisa, bringing Telef?nica's holding in Digital+ to 78%, as it previously owned a 22% share. The remaining 22% is held by Italian broadcaster Mediaset, which has the right of first refusal. Digital+ has a strong presence in the Spanish pay-TV market through its...

The Spain Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Spain's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Spain Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Spain.

Key Benefits

Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Spain to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Spanish telecoms market.
Target business opportunities and risks in Spain's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Spain.
Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the ICT, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Telecommunications Business Environment Rankings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

Fixed-Line Telephony - Telephone lines ('000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
Cellular Telephony - Mobile phone subscribers ('000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; mobile phone subscribers/100 fixed line subscribers.
Internet Markets - Internet users ('000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers ('000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

Market Data Analysis

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