Venezuela - Mobile Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Synopsis

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below average for South America. The mobile market is recovering from the downturn suffered during Venezuela’s recent economic recession, but estimated growth is low compared with previous years.

Despite the slump in subscriber growth, the volume of data traffic has been increasing exponentially. Spurred by the huge popularity of social networks in Venezuela, the country has experienced a surge in the demand for smartphones, and with it the need for more capable networks and higher data allowances.

Three major players operate in the Venezuelan mobile market: Movilnet, the market leader and mobile subsidiary of state-owned CANTV; Movistar, the Venezuelan unit of Spain’s Telefónica; and Digitel, a locally owned private company.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s mobile market, a profile of all mobile operators and key market statistics and analyses. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Regulator raises Bs. F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction; MNOs begin project to build 30 shared-access base stations to serve remote areas; Digitel reports having 100,000 active customers on its LTE network; Movistar switches off its CDMA mobile and fixed-wireless voice and data network; mobile operators invest in congested networks to develop mobile broadband capabilities; report includes operator data to Q3 2014, regulator’s market data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview of Venezuela’s mobile market
    • 2.1 Mobile statistics
    • 2.2 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
    • 2.3 Spectrum auctions
      • 2.3.1 1800-1900MHz
      • 2.3.2 1710-2170MHz
    • 2.4 Network sharing
  • 3. Mobile technologies
    • 3.1 CDMA
    • 3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 3.4 Mobile handsets/smartphones
  • 4. Major mobile operators
    • 4.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
    • 4.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
    • 4.3 Digitel
  • 5. Mobile voice services
    • 5.1 Prepaid
  • 6. Mobile messaging
    • 6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
  • 7. Mobile satellite
  • 8. Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2015; 2020
    • 8.1 Scenario 1 – higher mobile market growth
    • 8.2 Scenario 2 – lower mobile market growth
    • 8.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2004
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Mobile voice traffic – 2001 - 2014
  • Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2001 - 2014
  • Table 5 – Mobile ARPU – 2002 - 2013
  • Table 6 – Mobile ARPU by operator – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 7 – Market share of mobile operators – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 8 – Movilnet – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 - 2014
  • Table 11 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2014
  • Table 12 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 – 2014
  • Table 13 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2013; 2015; 2020
  • Table 14 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2013; 2015; 2020
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance – 2003 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Movilnet at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 – Movistar at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 – Digitel at a glance

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