SOURCE: Infonetics Research

April 26, 2007 13:38 ET

EMEA telecom carrier capex up 7% to 59 billion euros in 2006

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Capital expenditures of service providers in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region totaled 59.2 billion euros in 2006, up 7% from 2005, and are projected to increase 8% to 63.8 billion euros in 2010, says Infonetics Research in its new "Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers: EMEA 2H06" report.

"Major incumbents and large service providers in the EMEA region have made it clear that capex will be allocated only to projects that have been identified as revenue growth engines, and all public service providers continue to keep an eye on cash flow," said analyst Stéphane Téral of Infonetics Research.

"Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom accounted for about a quarter of all EMEA carrier capex in 2006 (a 2-billion-euro increase over 2005). Both companies are coping with fierce competition in their home turf and have to invest in new broadband-based infrastructures and new types of services such as FMC to respond to the competition," Téral added.

Overall, EMEA players acknowledge the tough competitive situation they are facing, but remain cautiously optimistic about potential single-digit growth to be generated by new bundles of multimedia services, including online gaming, the report shows.

Report Highlights

--  Over the 5-year period from 2006 to 2010, EMEA service providers will
    spend a cumulative 309.6 billion euros on capital expenditures
--  The combined revenue of all public EMEA carriers (incumbents,
    competitives, wireless) is up 3% in 2006 to just over 400 billion euros
--  Of the capex going to telecom and datacom equipment, the top 3
    investment areas for EMEA carriers in 2006 were voice, mobile RAN, and
    optical equipment
--  Many EMEA providers expect spending in 2007 will increase to sustain
    developments in 2 major growth areas: broadband wireless and wireline
--  The number of broadband subscribers in the EMEA region will nearly
    double between 2006 and 2010
--  The number of mobile subscribers in EMEA is forecast to reach 1.4
    billion in 2010
Infonetics' report tracks revenue, capex, capex-to-revenue ratios, opex, ARPU, subscribers and access lines of public and semi-private/government-owned service providers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, including over 60 sub-regions and countries. The report includes pivot tables for customizing analysis with data viewable by service provider, service provider type, sub-region, and/or category.

Capex reports for Asia Pacific and Latin America will be released by Infonetics April 27 and May 11, respectively.

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Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

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