Italy ends Q1 with 16m fixed broadband lines

The number of fixed broadband lines in Italy with speeds higher than 10 Mbps has surpassed 16 million units (+770,000 year-on-year) in the first quarter of 2017.

Data from the Communications Observatory, published by Italy’s Communications Authority (AgCom), show a drop of accesses in xDSL technology (-600,000). However, accesses in other technologies grew by 1.37 million, reaching 3.87 million, thanks mainly to the growth of FTTC- FTTH lines.

TIM saw its market share drop to 45.4 per cent (-0.9 per cent y/y), followed by Fastweb (-0.4 per cent) and WindTre (+0.3 per cent), both with 15 per cent, and Vodafone with 13.7 per cent (+0.5 per cent).

Overall, the Italian communications market at the end of Q1 2017 was worth €53.6 billion, up 1.5 per cent on 2015, contributing 3.2 per cent of GDP.

The telecommunications segment accounted for 60 per cent of the market, followed by media with 27.5 per cent.

In the media segment, RAI and Mediaset confirmed their leadership in terms of audience, with 37.1 per cent (-3.5 per cent) and 32.8 per cent (+0.1 per cent) of viewers, respectively. Sky Italia, which operates both pay-TV and FTA channels, saw its share grow by 1 per cent on an annual basis to 7.9 per cent.

For its part, Discovery Italia’s share reached 6.4 per cent, but due to previous M&A operations, this figure is double that of March 2013.

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