Telecommunications industry in Europe - Statistics & Facts

Telecommunications is basically the transmission of signals or information by electronic means over long distances. For the purpose of this industry, this would include mobile and fixed telephony, radio, television, and the internet. The telecommunications industry in Europe is vast to say the least. With approximately 44 countries, depending on which criteria is considered, the telecommunications network has become quite complex to oversee. For example, when looking at mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) it is easy to get lost quite quickly. These operators gain access to the infrastructure of mobile network operators (MNO) through a business agreement, but are often not part of the MNO. However, a general overview is quite possible. The leading telecommunications operators in Europe will most likely not be overtaken by market new entrants anytime in the foreseeable future.
Deutsche Telekom was the telecom leader in Europe and had a total worldwide revenue of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. In the first quarter of of 2017, Poland had the most Deutsche Telekom customer in Europe aside from Germany with around 10.2 million.
Telefonica is among the top telecom operators worldwide with a revenue of 52.04 billion euros in 2015. Its number of mobile customers in Spain was closing in on 17.5 million, and has surpassed 43 million in Germany.
Vodafone is another leading telecom operator in Europe with a total of 19.7 million mobile customers in the UK alone. The average monthly smartphone data use per Vodafone customer amounted to 1120 megabytes in 2016.
As the mobile penetration rate in Europe has been increasing over the years, the fixed-line penetration in Europe has been doing exactly the opposite. In 2015, the fixed-line penetration rate was down to 26.3 percent.

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