Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Greece Telecommunications Report Q1 2016", is now available at Fast Market Research
[ClickPress, Fri Oct 30 2015] We continue to hold a largely bearish view towards the Greek telecoms sector as a whole, with healthy returns on investment precluded by its challenging economic climate . While the mobile market showed growth , we believe that there remain siginificant numbers of inactive subscriptions. Other concerning trends point to the shift away from postpaid to lower value prepaid subscriptions, meaning consumers are spending less. The three major operators have all launched 4G services as of March 2015, but in this environment the outlook is less than optimal. In this environment, the Greek telecoms regulator is starting to prepare an auction for spectrum in the 1,800Mhz band expected for next year. Convergence remains the trend in the wireline sector with Vodafone looking to acquire Forthnet . A compelling converged services provider should emerge in the near future, which would provide upside to the wireline broadband segment , but lead to a thinning out of inactive mobile-only subscriptions as well as costly fixed voice lines .
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Subscriptions grew by 1.3% year-on-year to 15.704mn in Q115, reaching 141.1% penetration rate with 73.5% prepaid-subscriptions in the mix.
The inclusion of inactive or rarely-used subscriptions weighs on ARPU figures disclosed by operators. Market leader Cosmote reported a decline in its monthly blended ARPU to EUR10 for Q115; Vodafone reported a decline to a monthly blended ARPU of EUR9.8.
According to the latest data available, in Q214 broadband connections reached 3.027mn, up by 55,718 compared to end March 2014. Broadband penetration increased to 27.4%, compared to 26.9% over the same periTod. he total number of LLU lines (full and shared) reached 1.961mn. Full LLU lines represent approximately 99% of them.
The Greece Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Greece'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 Greece 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 Greece.
* Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Greece to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Greek telecoms market.
* Target business opportunities and risks in Greece's telecoms sector
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