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This report explains how and why European wholesale revenues from voice, non-voice, and mobile wholesale changed between 2016 and 2017.


  • Competitive pressures within the European wholesale market, the commoditization of traditional wholesale services, and currency exchange issues have combined to reduce revenues from all three sectors of the market: voice, non-voice, and mobile wholesale.
  • The decline in revenues from wholesale voice services will continue. Wholesalers must reduce their dependence on traditional wholesale voice sales by adapting and enhancing their portfolios of non-voice services to meet customers' changing needs.

Features and Benefits

  • Estimates the size of sectors of the European wholesale market based on analysis of the reported revenues of 26 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 2016 and 2017 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 2017
  • Changes in the European wholesale voice sector in 2016–17

European wholesale non-voice sector

  • Wholesale non-voice sector in 2017
  • Changes in the European wholesale non-voice sector in 2016–17

European mobile wholesale sector

  • Mobile wholesale sector in 2017
  • Changes in the European mobile wholesale sector in 2016–17

Changes in the European wholesale market since 2003

  • How wholesale revenue streams have changed


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