Italy Telecommunications Report Q3 2011: New research report available at Fast Market Research

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July 20, 2011 - PRLog -- BMI's Q311 update on the Italian telecommunications market contains revised five-year forecasts for the development of the country's mobile telephony, internet and broadband sectors. Our new mobile telephony forecast is based on a full set of data from all four network operators for 2010 and for the first three months of 2011. Although Telecom Italia, WIND and 3 Italia all appear to have experienced positive customer growth in the first three months of 2011, Vodafone Italia reported negative growth, continuing the trend witnessed in Q410.

Our new mobile subscriber forecast for Italy suggests that, in the 12 months to December 31 2010, the Italian mobile market gained more than 2.87mn customers to reach 90.9mn. We continue to predict that growth will remain positive but muted over the next few years. By 2015 we forecast the mobile market to have just over 92mn subscribers, equivalent to a penetration rate of almost 152%. Going forward, the market will be characterised by increasing competition between the network operators for higher-value contract subscribers and mobile data customers.

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The biggest forecast changes this quarter relate to our broadband subscriber forecast for Italy. Our newly revised forecast takes account of the impact of mobile broadband services on the internet market. Mobile broadband subscribers are those who use netbooks, smartphones and USB sticks to connect to the internet wirelessly via a high-speed (3G/HSPA) network. BMI now estimates that the number of broadband subscriptions increased by 18.9% in 2010 to reach 16.77mn at the end of the year. This figure includes more than 3.1mn mobile broadband connections. Meanwhile, we estimate that Italy had almost 34mn internet users at the end of 2010, reflecting a y-o-y growth of 5.5%. Despite the expectation of weak economic growth for Italy, we continue to forecast that broadband subscriber growth rates will remain relatively robust in 2011 and 2012. We predict that the broadband sector will grow by 15.4% in 2011, with declining rates of growth envisaged for the latter years of our forecast. By the end of 2015, we now expect almost 26.6mn broadband connections in the Italian market; this would give Italy a broadband penetration rate of almost 44%.

Recent developments with implications for the development of Italy's telecoms sector include the news that a consortium comprising Vodafone Italia, WIND and Italian private equity fund Clessidra, had emerged as the frontrunner to acquire Milan-based metropolitan fibre-optic operator Metroweb. Meanwhile, in April, it was announced that Russian telecoms company VimpelCom and WIND Telecom (formerly Weather Investments), the telecoms holding company owned by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, had concluded a US$6.5bn transaction that combines the two entities to create a new global telecoms group. As a result of the transaction, VimpelCom now owns - through WIND Telecom - 100% of Wind Telecomunicazioni (WIND Italy).

Finally, in May, Italian telecoms regulator, AGCOM, approved a measure that establishes the procedures for allocating frequencies for mobile broadband services. AGCOM has set a revenue goal of EUR2.4bn for Italy's largest frequency auction. The measure sets down the guidelines for assigning frequencies in the 800, 1,800, 2,000 and 2,600MHz bands and to proceed to refarming in the 1,800MHz band, currently used by GSM, to more modern broadband technologies such as LTE and WiMAX.

Italy has risen from 12th to ninth position in BMI's latest set of Business Environment Ratings for Western Europe. The move is largely due to higher scores in the Country Rewards and Country Risks category; higher scores in these two categories were partially offset by a weaker score in the Industry Rewards category. The Italian economy is one of the most vulnerable economies in an already shaky eurozone. Although we predict that 2011 will bring positive growth, we caution that weak domestic and external demand will allow for a fairly modest rate of economic expansion.

Partial Table of Contents:

SWOT Analysis
- Mobile SWOT
- Wireline SWOT
- Political SWOT
- Economic SWOT
Industry Business Environment Overview
- West Europe
- Table: Western Europe Business Environment Rankings
- Industry Business Environment nkcp Overview
Industry Forecast
- Mobile
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data And Forecasts, 2008-2015
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile ARPU - Historical Data & Forecasts (EUR)
- Fixed-Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data And Forecasts, 2008-2015
- Broadband
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data And Forecasts, 2008-2015
Market Data Analysis
- Mobile
- Table: Italy Mobile Market, Q111
- Table: Italy Mobile Market, Net Additions, Q111
- Table: Italian MVNOs
- Table: Mobile Contract Wins
- Mobile Regional Content
- LTE-Mobile Broadband
- The Machines Are Taking Over
- Table: Smart Meter Race Is On
- Market Data Analysis
- Table: Selected VAS Services
- Table: Italy Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Telecom Italia
- Table: Vodafone
- Table: Wind
- Table: 3 Italia
- Fixed-Line
- Table: Italian Fixed-Line Market, Q110-Q111
- Table: Telecom Italia OLO Accesses, Q110-Q111
- Broadband
- Table: Italian Broadband Market, Q110-Q111
- Table: Wireline Developments
Regulatory Development
- Table: Italy: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
- Key Players
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- Acquisitions Lifted Pace's Performance In 2010
- Netgem Benefits From International Expansion And The Cloud
- Trends In The Internet Television Market

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