Country brief: Italy (IT)
EU member? Yes
OECD member? Yes
Regulatory authority:AGCOM (link)
Number of operators:3
Population:60,665,551
Mobile data penetration: 85.4%
Spectrum assigned: 508.4 MHz
700 MHz band assigned?
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Data volume 2016: 1,065,000 TB
Data volume per pop 2016: 1.5 GB/month/capita (top: Finland, 16.1)
Spectrum usage 2016: 35 MB/year/MHz/pop (top: Finland, 360)
Group
Operator
SIMs
GB for €30
(smartphones)
GB for €30
MBB
(data-only)
Total low and high frequency spectrum MHz
Data volume 2016 TB
MB/year/MHz per pop 2016
TelecomItaliaTIM-IT29,617,0006.00 10.00 159.8228,54223.6
VodafoneVodafone-IT23,192,0000.00 30.00 159.4294,87230.5
VEONWindtre-IT28,585,00030.00 30.00 189.2760,32066.2
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Source: Digital Fuel Monitor-PRO Spreadsheet, 1H2017. The spreadsheet includes 1,690 4G LTE smartphone (with at least 1,000 minutes) and data-only tariffs of 137 operators and 65 MVNOs. Tariffs may have tethering or mobility restrictions. The Digital Fuel Monitor-PRO Spreadsheet allows the analysis of any gigabyte or price baskets. It includes median fully allocated and weighted average incremental gigabyte prices per country and per operator.
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Rewheel Insights, research reports and external articles citing Rewheel about Italy
Four year comparative study of unit prices in 4-MNO and in the 4 to 3 consolidated German & Austrian markets
2017
pricing
merger
Germany
Austria
Italy
Denmark
United Kingdom
France
Poland
Sweden
Netherlands
Hutchison
Telefonica
Iliad
Play
Tele2
Vimpelcom

January 2017
The gap between gigabyte prices in the 4 to 3 consolidated Austrian & German markets and prices in 4-MNO markets where no consolidation has taken place had substantially increased by September 2016

The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is anomalous and will distort competition in North-Eastern mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive
2016
roaming
networkeconomics
Finland
Poland
Denmark
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain

October 2016
UPDATED with DG Competition's response to Rewheel's concerns. How low should the wholesale data roaming cap be in 2017 to avoid the distortion of competition in North-Eastern domestic mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive?

Italian mobile merger proves 4 is the magic number
2016
Iliad
Italy
Hutchison
Wind
Vimpelcom

[External article, POLITICO PRO, subscription required]
September 2016
If Iliad has the same growth trajectory in Italy as it has had in France, Rewheel expects Iliad will control 20 percent of the market within five years.

Xavier Niel, the most aggressive telecom entrepreneur in Europe, is officially on his way to Italy
2016
Iliad
Italy
Hutchison
Wind
Vimpelcom

[External article, Bloomberg]
September 2016
Article presents Digital Fuel Monitor EU-US 4G prices analaysis chart

Effective structural remedies for Hutchison-WIND 4 to 3 Italian mobile merger
2016
Iliad
Italy
Hutchison
Wind
Vimpelcom

September 2016
This research report was submitted to Commissioner Vestager and DG Competition on 30th May 2016, three months prior to the European Commission's announcment (link) of approving the merger subject to remedies.

Mobile Price Wars: No Sign of Peace in Europe
2016
United States
Iliad
France
Verizon
ATT
DeutscheTelekom
Softbank
Hutchison
Italy
United Kingdom
Telefonica
Vodafone

[External article, The Wall Street Journal]
June 2016
The gap between European and U.S. mobile pricing seems likely to remain wide.

Telecoms antitrust decision sends chills from UK to Italy
2015
Denmark
United Kingdom
Italy
merger

[External article, POLITICO Europe]
September 2015
“Neither Almunia’s [wholesale access] remedy in German and Ireland nor the exotic joint venture proposed remedies by Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark can remove the competitions concerns entirely in a four-to-three mobile consolidation,” said Antonios Drossos, managing partner at Rewheel, a telecoms consultancy.

The 4 to 3 consolidation effect – Hutchison Three Italy halved the gigabytes in its flagship smartphone plan and launched its own zero-rated film store
2015
Italy
Vimpelcom
Hutchison
merger
zero-rating

September 2015
- Ahead of its planned merger with Wind in Italy Hutchison Three has halved the gigabytes in its flagship 4G LTE smartphone mobile internet access plan and launched its own zero-rated (unlimited gigabytes at €0/GB) film store.

EU’s Margrethe Vestager hits out against telecoms consolidation
2015
Austria
Hutchison
Germany
Ireland
Telefonica
United Kingdom
Italy
TeliaSonera
Telenor
Denmark
merger

[External article, The Financial Times, subscription required]
June 2015
Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner, has thrown down a marker of her intent to curtail consolidation in Europe’s telecoms industry by dismissing suggestions that a wave of big mergers is needed to boost investment. Research from Rewheel, a consultancy, suggests that prices rise sharply following merger approvals, citing the tie-up between Hutchison and Orange in Austria. However, telecoms executives retort that price rises tend to be matched by an increase in data capacity or improved services.

New European competition commissioner, new approach to telecoms consolidation?
2015
Germany
Austria
Italy
United Kingdom
Hutchison
Telefonica
KPN
Vimpelcom
WindItaly

[External article, Telecom TV]
March 2015
As competition commissioner, Vestager says that her job is to ensure that European citizens or businesses can enjoy relatively innovative markets at affordable prices.



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