2008 Latin America - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Overview

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV, and converging media including VoIP and IPTV developments. Subjects include:

  • Key Statistics and forecasts;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Government policies and regulatory issues;
  • Historical information;
  • Major players (fixed-line, mobile, broadband, and pay TV);
  • Telecom infrastructure (national and international, fixed and wireless);
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Internet market and VoIP;
  • Broadband (DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence, pay TV, IPTV, and digital terrestrial TV developments.

Researcher:- Lucia Bibolini

Current publication date:- April 2008 (7th Edition)

Next publication date : - April 2009

 

Executive Summary

  • BuddeComm’s Latin America Annual Publication, 2008 Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Latin America Overview, profiles the countries of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The Latin American region is making giant strides forward in the telecoms market, particularly mobile telephony. There exists however a wide digital gap among the various nations, and indeed within each nation, due to the inequalities between rich and poor, and between urban and rural areas.

This report presents a concise overview of sector liberalisation and privatisation in Latin America, government initiatives and regulations in the telecom industry, the development of product offerings for both mobile and broadband technologies, essential country statistics in all telecom sectors, and the emergence of new technologies such as VoIP, WiMAX, convergence, and triple play.

Key highlights

  • Latin America’s GDP grew by 5.0% in 2007, and is expected to grow by 4.3% in 2008.
  • Despite a low 18% average teledensity, fixed-line growth in Latin America continues to stagnate.
  • Broadband grew at an annual rate of around 40% in 2007, but broadband penetration at year-end was only 3.4%, considerably less than the global average of 5.9%.
  • ADSL is the broadband leader, with a stable 71% market share virtually unchanged since 2005. Cable modem accounts for 26% of the market, and wireless broadband for the remaining 3%.
  • WiMAX deployments continued in 2007 throughout Latin America, but frequency licensing in Brazil and Mexico was further delayed. Both countries are expected to hold WiMAX auctions in 2008.
  • Latin America saw its first IPTV services in 2007. Telefónica Chile lunched IPTV in June 2007, Chile’s Telsur in July 2007, and Brasil Telecom in September 2007. Other companies with plans to launch IPTV include Oi and Telesp in Brazil, UNE-EPM in Colombia, and CANTV in Venezuela.
  • Disagreements continue over the choice of digital terrestrial TV standards. Any chance of reaching a common standard has evaporated, since Mexico and Honduras have adopted the USA’s ATSC, Brazil has chosen the Japanese ISDB, and Uruguay has opted for Europe’s DVB standard.
  • In early 2008, Latin America had 375 million mobile phones compared with 101 million fixed-line phones. Paraguay led the trend, with more than twelve mobile phones for every fixed line in service.
  • Mobile penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean was over 66% in early 2008, well above the world average, which was around 46%. The region’s share of the global mobile pie is around 12%, while it holds about 8.6% of the world’s population.
  • 3G mobile services first reached Latin America in late 2006, launched by Cingular in Puerto Rico in November and by Entel PCS in Chile in December. Argentina and Uruguay came next, in mid-2007. By end-2007, all mobile operators in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay were offering 3G services. Brazil saw its first 3G services in November 2007 and Mexico in February 2008.
  • América Móvil and Telefónica Móviles (jointly with Portugal Telecom in Brazil) serve around 65% of the region’s mobile subscribers.
  • In February 2007, the Venezuelan government moved to renationalise the country’s incumbent telco CANTV. It gained control of the operator in May 2007 with an 86.2% stake, which comprised 6.6% that it already owned; 28.5% that it purchased from Verizon; and 51.1% that it purchased through concurrent share offers on the New York and Caracas stock exchanges.
  • The Bolivian government announced in April 2007 that the country’s fixed-line incumbent and mobile market leader Entel would be renationalised. Entel’s stakeholders were Telecom Italia (50%), the Bolivian government (47%), and Entel workers (3%). Negotiations between the Bolivian government and Telecom Italia however turned sour, and in early 2008, no conciliation was yet in sight.

Top 10 Latin American mobile markets – subscribers, annual change & penetration – 2007

Country

Subscribers (million)

Annual change

Penetration

Brazil

119.42

+18.5%

62.5%

Mexico

67.8

+19.4%

62.0%

Argentina

38.62

+28.6%

95.4%

Colombia

32.47

+9.1%

72.9%

Venezuela

23.69

+26.1%

90.2%

Chile

14.44

+10.3%

88.3%

Peru

13.75

+56.7%

47.6%

Ecuador

9.92

+17.3%

71.7%

Guatemala

8.78

+41.9%

69.1%

Dominican Republic

5.44

+22.2%

57.9%

(Source: BuddeComm based on Global Mobile)

For those needing high-level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

  • Regulatory developments;
  • Fixed-line developments, including the adoption of alternative technologies such as VoIP;
  • Mobile telephony growth, launch of 3G services, and the up-take of mobile data services;
  • Broadband growth and the incursion into wireless technologies such as WiMAX;
  • The pay TV market, and developments in IPTV and digital terrestrial TV;
  • Convergence and triple play developments.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Telecoms, Mobile, & Broadband Overview & Analysis 2008
    • 1.1 Key highlights – 2007 - 2008
    • 1.2 Telecom market overview
    • 1.3 Regulatory environment
      • 1.3.1 Privatisation
      • 1.3.2 Liberalisation
      • 1.3.3 Renationalisation
    • 1.4 Infrastructure
      • 1.4.1 VoIP
    • 1.5 Major telecom players
    • 1.6 Internet
    • 1.7 Broadband
      • 1.7.1 WiMAX
    • 1.8 Convergence
      • 1.8.1 Triple play models
      • 1.8.2 Pay TV
      • 1.8.3 Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • 1.8.4 Digital Terrestrial TV
    • 1.9 Mobile communications
      • 1.9.1 Major mobile companies
      • 1.9.2 Mobile technologies
      • 1.9.3 Third Generation mobile (3G)
      • 1.9.4 Mobile data services
  • 2. Telecommunications Market
    • 2.1 Overview of Latin America’s telecom market
    • 2.2 Telecommunications growth
  • 3. Regulatory Environment
    • 3.1 Background
    • 3.2 Universal access
    • 3.3 Foreign operators
    • 3.4 Types of licensing
    • 3.5 Privatisation and liberalisation
    • 3.6 Settlement rates with the USA
  • 4. Major Fixed-Line Operators
    • 4.1 Major players in the market
      • 4.1.1 Overview
      • 4.1.2 Major Latin American fixed-line operators
      • 4.1.3 Major international companies
  • 5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 International
      • 5.2.1 Submarine cable systems
      • 5.2.2 International satellite systems
    • 5.3 Infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 5.3.2 VoIP
  • 6. Internet Market
    • 6.1 Overview
      • 6.1.1 Internet statistics
    • 6.2 Latin America’s ISP market
  • 7. Broadband Market
    • 7.1 Overview
      • 7.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 7.2 Cable modems
    • 7.3 Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
    • 7.4 Wireless broadband
      • 7.4.1 WiFi
      • 7.4.2 WiMAX
    • 7.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • 8. Convergence
    • 8.1 Overview of media convergence
    • 8.2 Triple play models
      • 8.2.1 Regulatory issues
    • 8.3 Pay TV
      • 8.3.1 Cable TV
      • 8.3.2 Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS)
      • 8.3.3 Satellite TV
    • 8.4 Broadband TV (IPTV)
    • 8.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
  • 9. Mobile Communications
    • 9.1 Overview of Latin America’s mobile market
      • 9.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 9.2 Mobile technologies
      • 9.2.1 Overview
      • 9.2.2 GSM
      • 9.2.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 9.3 Major mobile operators in Latin America
      • 9.3.1 América Móvil
      • 9.3.2 Telefónica SA
      • 9.3.3 Telecom Italia
      • 9.3.4 Millicom International Cellular
      • 9.3.5 Digicel
    • 9.4 Mobile voice services in Latin America
      • 9.4.1 Prepaid cards
      • 9.4.2 Satellite mobile
    • 9.5 Mobile data services
      • 9.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 9.5.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 9.5.3 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 9.5.4 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
  • 10. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Top 10 Latin American countries: fixed lines, annual change and teledensity – 2004 - 2005
  • Table 2 – Top ten fixed-line operators by revenue - 2007
  • Table 3 – Top ten fixed-line operators by lines in service - 2006 - 2007
  • Table 4 – Internet users and penetration – top 12 countries for users – 2007
  • Table 5 – Internet users and penetration – top 12 countries for penetration – 2007
  • Table 6 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – major countries – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 7 – Cable TV subscribers, annual change and penetration – major countries – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 8 – Top 10 mobile markets – subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2007
  • Table 9 – International mobile operators – subscribers, annual change and market share – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers by digital technology - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 11 – Total GDP and GDP growth by country (estimates) – 2007
  • Table 12 – GDP per capita by country and variation from regional average – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 13 – International mobile operators – subscribers, annual change and market share – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 14 – Top ten fixed-line operators by revenue and annual change - 2007
  • Table 15 – Top ten fixed-line operators by lines in service and annual change - 2006 - 2007
  • Table 16 – Latin America fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1995 - 2007
  • Table 17 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity by country – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 18 – Latin America Internet users, annual change and user penetration - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 19 – Latin America Internet users, annual change and penetration – top 12 countries for users – 2007
  • Table 20 – Latin America Internet users, annual change and penetration – top 12 countries for penetration – 2007
  • Table 21 – Internet users, growth and penetration worldwide by region – 2000; 2007
  • Table 22 – Latin America broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 23 – Latin America broadband subscriber ratios by technology – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 24 – Broadband subscribers, annual change & penetration – major countries in Latin America – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 25 – Broadband subscriber ratios by technology – major countries in Latin America – 2007
  • Table 26 – Latin America cable modem subscribers, annual change & penetration – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 27 – Cable modem lines, annual change & penetration – major countries in Latin America – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 28 – Latin America DSL subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 29 – DSL subscribers, annual change and penetration – major countries in Latin America – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 30 – Latin America cable TV subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 31 – Cable TV subscribers, annual change and penetration – major countries in Latin America – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 32 – International mobile operators – subscribers, annual change and market share – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 33 – Latin America mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 34 – Latin America countries ranked by subscribers, and regional market share – 2007
  • Table 35 – Latin America countries ranked by penetration, and variation from regional average – 2007
  • Table 36 – Latin America countries ranked by net additions, and annual growth – 2007
  • Table 37 – Latin America top 10 mobile operators by subscribers & annual change - 2007
  • Table 38 – Evolution of ARPU – major countries in Latin America – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 39 – Evolution of ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 40 – Evolution of ARPU in Argentina – major operators – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 41 – Latin America mobile subscribers by digital technology - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 42 – Latin America market share by mobile technology - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 43 – América Móvil –subscribers by country, subsidiary and annual change – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 44 – América Móvil blended ARPU, major subsidiaries and annual change – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 45 – América Móvil MOU, major subsidiaries and annual change – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 46 – América Móvil churn, major subsidiaries and annual change – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 47 – Telefónica mobile subscribers by country, subsidiary and annual change– 2006 - 2007
  • Table 48 – Telecom Italia & TIM subscribers by country, subsidiary & annual change – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 49 – Millicom mobile subscribers by country and annual change – 2006 - 2007
  • Exhibit 1 – Telmex at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 – Telemar Norte Leste at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 – Telesp at a glance
  • Exhibit 4 – Brasil Telecom at a glance
  • Exhibit 5 – Embratel Participações at a glance
  • Exhibit 6 – Telefónica Latinoamérica subsidiaries - 2006
  • Exhibit 7 – Telmex acquisitions - 2004 - 2007
  • Exhibit 8 – Major submarine cable networks in Latin America
  • Exhibit 9 – Regulatory status of VoIP in selected Latin American countries
  • Exhibit 10 – EDGE Deployments in Latin America – February 2008

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