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

  • July 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 52 pages

The German mobile market is the largest in Europe, with about 118 million subscribers generating the largest revenue in the telecom sector. In common with most markets the main area of growth is in mobile data, with the number of mobile broadband subscribers having increased rapidly in recent years on the back of extensively available 3G and LTE networks. The market is dominated by Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone Germany, though the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has effectively created a triopoly of MNOs with relatively similar market share among them. There is also healthy market competition from an increasing number of resellers. This has placed pressure on voice and data tariffs, resulting in lower ARPU. Regulatory pressure on roaming charges and mobile termination rates have also eroded operator revenue, and encouraged them to step-up their development of data applications to improve profits.

These investments provide enormous potential for future growth, particularly given recent spectrum auctions which enable operators to improve the reach and capabilities of their LTE networks. As well as having refarmed digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband use, the regulator auctioned additional spectrum in the 700MHz band in June 2015, paving the way for national mobile broadband coverage when this spectrum becomes available from 2017.

This report provides key statistics and analyses on the mobile market, including an overview of the main operators and their strategies for dealing with competition and emerging technologies in coming years. The report also considers recent regulatory developments.

Key developments:

O2 Germany launches mobile banking service; Telekom Deutschland trials tri-band LTE-A technology, also LTE-Vehicle technologies with Huawei; regulator secures 5 billion from multi-band auction; Telefónica completes acquisition of E-Plus and discontinues the brand; TD launches Wi-Fi calling for VoLTE users; Vodafone increases LTE speeds to 375Mb/s; Freenet acquires Media Broadcast to branch into linear and OTT TV services; universal broadband dependant on licence conditions concerned with rural areas; Vodafone and O2 report strong growth in LTE customer base; Vodafone completes its 7.7 billion takeover of Kabel Deutschland; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2014, VATM's 2015 market data, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Deutschland, Vodafone, E-Plus, O2, Freenet, CallMobile.

Table Of Contents

Germany - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Prepaid cards
3.3 Operator market shares
3.4 Mobile voice
3.5 Mobile data services
3.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
3.6 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.2.1 3G
4.2.2 800-900MHz
4.2.3 800MHz
4.2.4 3.4-3.6GHz
4.2.5 2.6GHz
4.2.6 700MHz
4.2.7 Refarming GSM spectrum
4.2.8 Other spectrum
4.2.9 Multi-spectrum auction - 2015
4.2.10 800MHz-2.6GHz
4.3 Roaming
4.4 Number portability
4.5 Fixed-to-mobile call charges
4.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.7 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G developments
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.3 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.4 Evolved HSPA (HSPA+)
5.2.5 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
5.2.6 Femtocells
5.2.7 Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB)
5.2.8 DVB-H
5.2.9 Services launched and closed
5.2.10 DVB-SH
5.2.11 Telekom Deutschland
5.2.12 Vodafone
5.2.13 TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio)
5.3 Fixed-mobile convergence
5.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Telekom Deutschland
6.1.1 Network contracts
6.2 Vodafone
6.2.1 Network contracts
6.3 E-Plus
6.3.1 Sale of E-Plus
6.3.2 Network contracts
6.4 O2 Germany
6.4.1 Network contracts
6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6.5.1 Freenet
6.5.2 CallMobile
6.6 Regional operators
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile banking
7.2 M-payments
7.3 Mobile Cloud
7.4 Mobile TV
7.4.1 Regulator's framework conditions
8. Related reports

List of Charts

Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Historic - Mobile market revenue 1998 2004
Table 4 Mobile market revenue 2005 2015
Table 5 Mobile network traffic (per day) 2005 2015
Table 6 Historic - Mobile network traffic (outgoing/incoming) 1999 2004
Table 7 Mobile network traffic (outgoing/incoming) 2005 2015
Table 8 Telecom traffic, fixed and mobile (per day) 1998 2013
Table 9 Mobile network investment 1998 - 2013
Table 10 Prepaid customer share of all subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 11 Mobile operator share of retail revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 12 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2000 - 2015
Table 13 Mobile data sent 2005 - 2014
Table 14 Annual mobile data revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 15 Mobile data as proportion to mobile revenue, by type 2007 - 2013
Table 16 Historic - SMS annual message traffic 1998 - 2004
Table 17 SMS annual message traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 18 SMS sent per day 2005 - 2015
Table 19 MMS traffic 2002 - 2012
Table 20 Mobile 3G/LTE data users 2009 - 2015
Table 21 Mobile data traffic 2009 - 2015
Table 22 Mobile data traffic subscribers by volume band (data per month) 2013 - 2015
Table 23 Proportion of mobile data traffic by volume band (data per month) 2013 2015
Table 24 European roaming charges 2007 - 2016
Table 25 European data roaming charges 2012 - 2016
Table 26 Mobile termination tariffs by operator 2007 - 2013
Table 27 Number of regular 3G subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 28 O2 Deutschland LTE subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 29 O2 Germany M2M connections 2014 - 2015
Table 30 Telekom Deutschland mobile financial data (Germany) 2005 - 2015
Table 31 Telekom Deutschland subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 32 Telekom Deutschland average consumer monthly churn (Germany) 2009 - 2015
Table 33 Vodafone Germany ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 34 Vodafone Germany customer churn 2007 - 2016
Table 35 Vodafone Germany voice and data usage 2005 - 2016
Table 36 Vodafone Germany mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 37 Vodafone Germany financial data 2003 - 2016
Table 38 Vodafone mobile customer cost 2007 - 2016
Table 39 E-Plus mobile revenue (historic) 2006 - 2014
Table 40 E-Plus revenue and traffic (historic) 2006 - 2014
Table 41 E-Plus subscribers by sector (historic) 2006 - 2014
Table 42 E-Plus ARPU by sector (historic) 2006 - 2014
Table 43 E-Plus net adds: prepaid/contract (historic) 2006 - 2014
Table 44 E-Plus annualised customer churn (historic) 2008 - 2014
Table 45 O2 subscribers contract and prepaid 2005 - 2016
Table 46 O2 monthly ARPU 2006 - 2016
Table 47 O2 mobile revenue 2006 - 2016
Table 48 O2 mobile revenue by type 2011 - 2016
Table 49 Freenet Group subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 50 Freenet Group ARPU 2007 - 2015
Table 51 Freenet (mobile) financial data 2007 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Mobile network traffic (outgoing/incoming) 2005 2015
Chart 3 Telecom traffic, fixed and mobile (per day) 1998 2013
Chart 4 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Chart 5 Mobile data as proportion to mobile revenue, by type 2007 2013
Chart 6 SMS annual message traffic 2005 - 2015
Chart 7 O2 subscribers contract and prepaid 2005 - 2016
Chart 8 O2 monthly ARPU 2006 - 2016
Chart 9 Freenet Group subscribers 2007 - 2015
Chart 10 Freenet Group ARPU 2007 - 2015
Chart 11 Freenet (mobile) financial data 2007 2015
Exhibit 1 Germany's 3G auction results August 2000
Exhibit 2 Spectrum allocation overview 2011
Exhibit 3 Spectrum auction results (800MHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz) May 2010
Exhibit 4 Spectrum auction block allocations (800MHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz) May 2010
Exhibit 5 Spectrum auction assignments by operator (800MHz) May 2010
Exhibit 6 Spectrum auction results (700MHz, 900MHz, 1.5GHz, 1.8GHz) June 2015
Exhibit 7 German 3G network sharing agreements

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