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This report describes how and explains why European wholesale revenues from voice, non-voice, and mobile wholesale changed between 2015 and 2016.


  • In 2016, the total European wholesale market was worth €41.0bn ($45.4bn), down 3.0% from the 2015 figure of €42.3bn ($46.9bn).
  • The non-voice sector was the largest in 2016, with 67% of the total. This was followed by the voice sector with 25% of the total. The mobile wholesale revenue reached 8% of the total.

Features and Benefits

  • Estimates the size of sectors of the European wholesale market based on analysis of the reported revenues of the 33 leading players.
  • Analyzes the leading wholesalers' changing revenues from each of the three wholesale market sectors: fixed voice, fixed non-voice, and mobile.

Key questions answered

  • How did leading European wholesalers' revenues change between 2015 and 2016 and why?
  • Which were the leading and lagging providers of wholesale services in each sector across Europe and why?
  • How has the balance of European wholesale revenues in each of the three major sectors changed since 2003?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations for European wholesalers

European wholesale market

  • Overall market size
  • European wholesale players’ dependence on market sectors compared
  • European wholesale market trends
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the "Big Five" European wholesalers

European wholesale voice sector

  • Wholesale voice sector in 2016
  • Changes in the European wholesale voice sector in 2015–16

European wholesale non-voice sector

  • Wholesale non-voice sector in 2016
  • Changes in the European wholesale non-voice sector in 2015–16

European mobile wholesale sector

  • Mobile wholesale sector in 2016
  • Changes in the European mobile wholesale sector in 2015-16

Changes in the European wholesale market since 2003

  • How wholesale revenue streams have changed


  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Exchange rates used
  • Further reading
  • Author

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