2008 Latin American Mobile Communications and Mobile Data Market

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile markets in Latin America. Subjects covered include:

  • Mobile statistics and trends;
  • Mobile operators;
  • Government policies and regulatory issues;
  • Spectrum auctions;
  • Mobile technologies – GSM, CDMA, 3G;
  • Trends in the prepaid sector;
  • Location-based services;
  • Mobile satellite services;
  • Mobile data services – SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA 1xRTT, 1x EV-DO.

Researcher:- Lucia Bibolini

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

Next publication date : - April 2009

 

Executive Summary

This Latin American market report covers the mobile telephony and mobile data markets in each of the following economies: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the smaller Caribbean countries. The region’s major mobile markets include:

Argentina

Argentina’s mobile market is the third largest in Latin America, after Brazil and Mexico. In terms of penetration, Argentina is the regional leader, bar a few Caribbean islands, having overtaken Chile in June 2007. Three operators, Movistar, CTI Móvil, and Telecom Personal, run a close competition for market share. All three companies launched 3G services over HSDPA networks in 2007. BlackBerry reached Argentina in 2006 and mobile banking in early 2007. Besides the three main cellular providers, Nextel has a small but profitable slice of the market, using iDEN technology. In July 2007, two local cooperatives, Fecotel and Fecosur, were awarded mobile licences. For the country overview, see chapter 2, page 19.

Brazil

Brazil holds one third of Latin America’s mobile users, and its mobile penetration is slightly lower than the regional average. Carrier preselection has been in effect in January 2004, and number portability is to be implemented by March 2009. Following a 2G-spectrum auction in September 2007, the number of cellular operators with a nationwide licence increased from one to three. A 3G-spectrum auction in December 2007 was a huge success for the government, netting US$2.94 billion (90% more than the asking price) from the sale of 36 licences covering the whole of Brazil. Obligations attached to the 3G licences included the provision of mobile telephony to unserviced areas.

Brazil’s four major mobile operators, Vivo, TIM, Claro, and Oi, together hold about 91% of the market. Vivo, the number one operator, has seen its market share eroded, but may be on the path to recovery. Its parent companies, Telefónica and Portugal Telecom, have an uneasy partnership, with Telefónica trying to buy out Portugal Telecom. TIM Brazil and América Móvil’s Claro occupy a close second and third place respectively in the mobile market. The consolidation process, which had halted in 2003, resumed in 2007, with the acquisition of Telemig by Vivo and of Amazônia Celular by Oi. This reduced the number of operators from nine to seven. The next major change on the horizon is the expected merger of Oi and Brasil Telecom. For the country overview, see chapter 5, page 41.

Chile

Chile’s mobile market remains strong even though it is close to saturation. After years of slippage, mobile ARPU is on the rise. This is partly due to expanding mobile data service revenues, and partly because of growth in postpaid client ratios. Chile, however, has lost its South American leadership in terms of mobile penetration, having been overtaken by Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Telefónica’s Movistar, Entel PCS, and América Móvil’s Claro are engaged in a lively competition for mobile market share. All three operators have launched 3G networks using their existing spectrum, while the government prepares to launch a 3G auction. For the country overview, see chapter 7, page 81.

Colombia

Colombia’s mobile penetration is considerably higher than would be expected given the country’s other macroeconomic indicators. The mobile boom, however, has slowed down from triple-digit growth in 2005, to double-digit growth in 2006, and to single-digit growth in 2007. América Móvil’s Comcel is the leading cellular operator by far. Telefónica’s Movistar holds the second place, and Millicom-controlled Colombia Móvil (trading as Tigo) holds a distant third place. Avantel uses iDEN technology to serve the corporate market. For the country overview, see chapter 8, page 95.

Mexico

Driven by a booming GSM market, Mexico’s mobile industry is growing at a yearly rate of around 22%, reaching an estimated 60% penetration by September 2007. There are now three major mobile operators: América Móvil’s Telcel and Telefónica’s Movistar offer GSM services, while Grupo Iusacell (recently merged with Unefón) uses CDMA technology. A fourth operator, Nextel de México, operates a mobile trunking system using the iDEN mobile communications standard. Despite increased competition since 2000, Telcel still dominates market share. Between 2003 and 2007, Mexican mobile operators have been upgrading their networks to offer high-capacity and high-speed data services, such as EDGE, 1xRTT and 1x EV-DO. Telcel launched 3G services over a UMTS/HSDPA network in February 2008. For the country overview, see chapter 19, page 148.

Peru

Peru’s mobile penetration is about 36% lower than average for Latin America, which closely matches the country’s other economic indicators. The mobile market, however, is in full swing; in 2007, Peru had the third highest mobile growth rate in South America. Nevertheless, there remain huge discrepancies between urban and rural regions; in mountainous areas, where many people lack even the basic necessities, mobile phones are a rarity. Three companies compete in the Peruvian mobile market: Telefónica’s Movistar is the leader, América Móvil is in second place, while Nextel Perú, primarily catering to corporate customers, has a small market share but the best ARPU. The number of SMS messages in Peru escalated in 2007, reaching an average of around 7.8 million SMS messages a day, a 250% increase compared with the number of daily massages in 2006. For the country overview, see chapter 23, page 177.

Venezuela

Mobile telephony in Venezuela has been far more dynamic than the fixed-line market, so much so that mobile phones outnumber fixed lines in service by around 4.7 to one. Mobile penetration is among the highest in Latin America, trailing only Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and a number of Caribbean islands. Venezuela is also a regional leader in terms of SMS traffic, the number of text messages surpassing the number of minutes an average Venezuelan talks on a mobile phone. Venezuela is the only country in Latin America where CDMA is still the leading technology, but the two leading mobile operators, Movilnet and Movistar, are finally turning to GSM. For the country overview, see chapter 27, page 203.

For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the mobile telephony and mobile data markets in Latin America, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

  • Mobile market forces and developments;
  • Mobile operators – acquisitions, mergers, and competition;
  • Past and planned spectrum auctions;
  • Technological developments in the mobile telephony and mobile data markets.

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. Overview of Mobile Communications Market in Latin America
    • 1.1 Key highlights – 2007 - 2008
    • 1.2 Mobile market overview
      • 1.2.1 Mobile statistics
    • 1.3 Mobile technologies
      • 1.3.1 Overview
      • 1.3.2 GSM
      • 1.3.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 1.4 Major mobile operators in Latin America
      • 1.4.1 América Móvil
      • 1.4.2 Telefónica SA
      • 1.4.3 Telecom Italia
      • 1.4.4 Millicom International Cellular
      • 1.4.5 Digicel
    • 1.5 Mobile voice services in Latin America
      • 1.5.1 Prepaid cards
      • 1.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 1.6 Mobile data services
      • 1.6.1 SMS
      • 1.6.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 1.6.3 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 1.6.4 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
  • 2. Argentina
    • 2.1 Overview of Argentina’s mobile market
      • 2.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 2.2 Regulatory issues
      • 2.2.1 Calling Party Pays (CPP)
      • 2.2.2 PCS auctions 1999
      • 2.2.3 Number Portability (NP)
      • 2.2.4 Returned spectrum allocation
    • 2.3 Mobile technologies
      • 2.3.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 2.4 Major mobile operators
      • 2.4.1 Movistar Argentina
      • 2.4.2 CTI Móvil
      • 2.4.3 Telecom Personal
      • 2.4.4 Nextel Argentina
      • 2.4.5 Fecotel and Fecosur
    • 2.5 Mobile voice services
      • 2.5.1 Prepaid
      • 2.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 2.6 Mobile data services
      • 2.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 2.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 2.6.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 2.6.4 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 2.6.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 2.6.6 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 2.6.7 BlackBerry
      • 2.6.8 Mobile TV
    • 2.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 2.7.1 Mobile banking
    • 2.8 Forecasts
      • 2.8.1 Overview
      • 2.8.2 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 3. Belize
    • 3.1 Overview of Belize’s mobile market
      • 3.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 3.3 Major mobile operators
      • 3.3.1 BTL (DigiCell)
      • 3.3.2 SpeedNet (Smart)
      • 3.3.3 Intelco (defunct)
  • 4. Bolivia
    • 4.1 Overview of Bolivia’s mobile market
      • 4.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 4.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
    • 4.3 Regulatory issues
    • 4.4 Major mobile operators
      • 4.4.1 Tigo (Telecel)
      • 4.4.2 Entel Movil
      • 4.4.3 Viva (NuevaTel)
      • 4.4.4 Cotas Móvil
    • 4.5 Mobile voice services
      • 4.5.1 Prepaid
      • 4.5.2 Satellite mobile
  • 5. Brazil
    • 5.1 Overview of Brazil’s mobile market
      • 5.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 5.2 Regulatory issues
      • 5.2.1 Privatisation of Telebrás
      • 5.2.2 Carrier preselection
      • 5.2.3 Number portability
      • 5.2.4 Mobile consumer rights protection
      • 5.2.5 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
    • 5.3 Mobile technologies
      • 5.3.1 SMP and SMC
      • 5.3.2 GSM
      • 5.3.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 5.4 Mobile operators in Brazil
      • 5.4.1 Overview
      • 5.4.2 Vivo
      • 5.4.3 TIM Brasil
      • 5.4.4 Claro
      • 5.4.5 Oi (TNL-PCS – Telemar)
      • 5.4.6 Brasil Telecom Celular
      • 5.4.7 CTBC Telecom
      • 5.4.8 Sercomtel Celular
      • 5.4.9 Nextel Brasil
      • 5.4.10 Unicel
    • 5.5 Mobile voice services
      • 5.5.1 Prepaid cards
      • 5.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 5.6 Mobile data services
      • 5.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 5.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 5.6.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 5.6.4 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 5.6.5 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 5.6.6 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 5.6.7 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
      • 5.6.8 BlackBerry
      • 5.6.9 Mobile TV
    • 5.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 5.7.1 Location-Based Services (LBS)
      • 5.7.2 Gaming
      • 5.7.3 Mobile banking
    • 5.8 Forecasts
      • 5.8.1 Overview
      • 5.8.2 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 6. Caribbean Countries
    • 6.1 Overview of mobile markets
      • 6.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 6.2 Satellite mobile
  • 7. Chile
    • 7.1 Overview of Chile’s mobile market
      • 7.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 7.2 Regulatory issues
      • 7.2.1 Spectrum auctions (historical review)
      • 7.2.2 Spectrum auction – 2006
      • 7.2.3 Fixed-to-mobile call charges
      • 7.2.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 7.2.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 7.3 Mobile technologies
      • 7.3.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 7.4 Mobile operators
      • 7.4.1 Movistar Chile
      • 7.4.2 Entel PCS
      • 7.4.3 Claro
      • 7.4.4 Nextel Chile
    • 7.5 Mobile voice services
      • 7.5.1 Prepaid cards
      • 7.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 7.6 Mobile data services
      • 7.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 7.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 7.6.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 7.6.4 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 7.6.5 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 7.6.6 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 7.6.7 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
      • 7.6.8 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)
      • 7.6.9 BlackBerry
      • 7.6.10 Mobile TV
    • 7.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 7.7.1 Location-Based Services (LBS)
    • 7.8 Forecasts
      • 7.8.1 Overview
      • 7.8.2 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 8. Colombia
    • 8.1 Overview of Colombia’s mobile market
      • 8.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 8.2 Regulatory issues
      • 8.2.1 Spectrum auctions
    • 8.3 Mobile technologies
      • 8.3.1 Digital
      • 8.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 8.4 Major mobile operators
      • 8.4.1 Comcel (América Móvil)
      • 8.4.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 8.4.3 Tigo (Colombia Móvil – Millicom)
      • 8.4.4 Avantel
    • 8.5 Mobile voice services
      • 8.5.1 Prepaid
      • 8.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 8.6 Mobile data services
      • 8.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 8.6.2 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 8.6.3 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 8.6.4 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 8.6.5 BlackBerry
    • 8.7 Forecasts
      • 8.7.1 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 9. Costa Rica
    • 9.1 Overview of Costa Rica’s mobile market
      • 9.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 9.2 Mobile technologies and data services
      • 9.2.1 Major mobile operators
  • 10. Cuba
    • 10.1 Overview of Cuba’s mobile market
      • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 10.2 Mobile technologies
    • 10.3 Major mobile operators
      • 10.3.1 Telefonos Celulares de Cuba (Cubacel)
  • 11. Dominican Republic
    • 11.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s cellular market
      • 11.1.1 Cell phone statistics
    • 11.2 Major cell phone operators
      • 11.2.1 Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
      • 11.2.2 Orange Dominicana
      • 11.2.3 Tricom
      • 11.2.4 Trilogy Dominicana (formerly Centennial Dominicana)
    • 11.3 Cellular voice services
      • 11.3.1 Prepaid
    • 11.4 Cellular data services
      • 11.4.1 High capacity cellular voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 11.4.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
    • 11.5 Forecasts
      • 11.5.1 Forecasts – cellular services to 2018
  • 12. Ecuador
    • 12.1 Overview of Ecuador’s mobile market
      • 12.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 12.2 Regulatory issues
      • 12.2.1 Mobile licence renewals in 2008
      • 12.2.2 Accusations against América Móvil
    • 12.3 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
    • 12.4 Major mobile operators
      • 12.4.1 Conecel (Porta)
      • 12.4.2 Otecel (Movistar)
      • 12.4.3 Telecsa (Alegro)
  • 13. El Salvador
    • 13.1 Overview of El Salvador’s mobile market
      • 13.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 13.2 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 13.3 Major mobile operators
      • 13.3.1 Claro / CTE Personal (América Móvil)
      • 13.3.2 Telemóvil / Tigo (Millicom)
      • 13.3.3 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles)
      • 13.3.4 Digicel
      • 13.3.5 RED (Intelfon)
  • 14. Guatemala
    • 14.1 Overview of Guatemala’s mobile market
      • 14.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 14.2 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 14.3 Major mobile operators
      • 14.3.1 Sercom / Claro (América Móvil)
      • 14.3.2 Comcel / Tigo (Millicom)
      • 14.3.3 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles)
    • 14.4 Mobile voice services in Guatemala
      • 14.4.1 Prepaid cards
  • 15. Guyana
    • 15.1 Overview of Guyana’s mobile market
      • 15.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 15.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
    • 15.3 Major mobile operators
      • 15.3.1 Cellink (GT&T)
      • 15.3.2 Digicel Guyana (formerly Cel*Star)
    • 15.4 Mobile voice services
      • 15.4.1 Satellite mobile
  • 16. Haiti
    • 16.1 Overview of Haiti’s mobile market
      • 16.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 16.2 Major mobile operators
      • 16.2.1 Haiti Telecommunications International (HaiTel)
      • 16.2.2 Communication Cellulaire d’Haiti (Comcel)
      • 16.2.3 Rectel (Teleco)
      • 16.2.4 Digicel
  • 17. Honduras
    • 17.1 Overview of the Honduran mobile market
      • 17.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 17.2 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 17.3 Major mobile operators
      • 17.3.1 Celtel / Tigo (Millicom)
      • 17.3.2 Sercom / Claro (América Móvil)
      • 17.3.3 Hondutel
  • 18. Jamaica
    • 18.1 Overview of Jamaica’s mobile market
      • 18.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 18.2 Mobile technologies
    • 18.3 Major mobile operators
      • 18.3.1 Digicel Jamaica (Mossel)
      • 18.3.2 Cable & Wireless Jamaica
      • 18.3.3 MiPhone (America Movil)
  • 19. Mexico
    • 19.1 Overview of Mexico’s mobile (cell phone) market
      • 19.1.1 Mobile (cellular) statistics
    • 19.2 Regulatory issues
      • 19.2.1 Spectrum auctions
      • 19.2.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 19.3 Mobile technologies
      • 19.3.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 19.4 Major mobile operators
      • 19.4.1 Telcel
      • 19.4.2 Movistar
      • 19.4.3 Grupo Iusacell
      • 19.4.4 Unefón
      • 19.4.5 Nextel de México
    • 19.5 Mobile voice services
      • 19.5.1 Minutes of Use (MOU)
      • 19.5.2 Prepaid
      • 19.5.3 Satellite mobile
    • 19.6 Mobile data services
      • 19.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 19.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 19.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 19.6.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 19.6.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 19.6.6 High capacity mobile voice/data services (CDMA2000 1xRTT)
      • 19.6.7 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
    • 19.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 19.7.1 Location-Based Services (LBS)
    • 19.8 Forecasts
      • 19.8.1 Forecasts – cellular services to 2018
  • 20. Nicaragua
    • 20.1 Overview of Nicaragua’s mobile market
      • 20.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 20.2 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 20.3 Major mobile operators
      • 20.3.1 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 20.3.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
    • 20.4 Satellite mobile
  • 21. Panama
    • 21.1 Overview of Panama’s mobile market
      • 21.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 21.2 Regulatory issues
      • 21.2.1 Spectrum auction – March 2008
    • 21.3 Mobile technologies and data services
    • 21.4 Major mobile operators
      • 21.4.1 +Movil (C&WP)
      • 21.4.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
    • 21.5 Forecasts
      • 21.5.1 Overview
      • 21.5.2 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 22. Paraguay
    • 22.1 Overview of Paraguay’s mobile market
      • 22.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 22.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
    • 22.3 Major mobile operators
      • 22.3.1 Telecel (Millicom International Cellular)
      • 22.3.2 Núcleo (Telecom Personal/Telecom Argentina)
      • 22.3.3 CTI Móvil (América Móvil)
      • 22.3.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/KDDI)
    • 22.4 Mobile voice services in Paraguay
      • 22.4.1 Satellite mobile
  • 23. Peru
    • 23.1 Overview of Peru’s mobile market
      • 23.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 23.2 Regulatory issues
      • 23.2.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
    • 23.3 Mobile technologies
      • 23.3.1 Digital
      • 23.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 23.4 Major mobile operators
      • 23.4.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles)
      • 23.4.2 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 23.4.3 Nextel del Perú
    • 23.5 Mobile voice services in Peru
      • 23.5.1 Prepaid cards
      • 23.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 23.6 Mobile data services
      • 23.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 23.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 23.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 23.6.4 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
      • 23.6.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
    • 23.7 Forecasts
      • 23.7.1 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 24. Puerto Rico
    • 24.1 Overview of Puerto Rico’s cellular market
      • 24.1.1 Cell phone statistics
    • 24.2 Cellular technologies
    • 24.3 Major cell phone operators
      • 24.3.1 AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless Puerto Rico)
      • 24.3.2 Claro (formerly Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico)
      • 24.3.3 Centennial de Puerto Rico (CPR)
      • 24.3.4 Open Mobile (formerly Movistar Puerto Rico)
      • 24.3.5 SunCom Puerto Rico (T-Mobile to acquire)
      • 24.3.6 Sprint PCS
    • 24.4 Forecasts
      • 24.4.1 Forecasts – cellular services to 2018
  • 25. Suriname
    • 25.1 Overview of Suriname’s mobile market
      • 25.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 25.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
    • 25.3 Major mobile operators
      • 25.3.1 Telesur
      • 25.3.2 Digicel
      • 25.3.3 Uniqua
    • 25.4 Mobile voice services
      • 25.4.1 Prepaid cards
      • 25.4.2 Satellite mobile
  • 26. Uruguay
    • 26.1 Overview of Uruguay’s mobile market
      • 26.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 26.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
      • 26.2.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 26.3 Major mobile operators
      • 26.3.1 Ancel
      • 26.3.2 Movistar
      • 26.3.3 CTI Móvil
    • 26.4 Mobile voice services
      • 26.4.1 Satellite mobile
  • 27. Venezuela
    • 27.1 Overview of Venezuela’s mobile market
      • 27.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 27.2 Regulatory issues
      • 27.2.1 Spectrum auction
    • 27.3 Mobile technologies
      • 27.3.1 CDMA
      • 27.3.2 GSM
      • 27.3.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 27.4 Major mobile operators
      • 27.4.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
      • 27.4.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 27.4.3 Digitel GSM
    • 27.5 Mobile voice services in Venezuela
      • 27.5.1 Prepaid
      • 27.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 27.6 Mobile data services
      • 27.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 27.6.2 High capacity mobile voice/data services (CDMA2000 1x)
      • 27.6.3 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
      • 27.6.4 BlackBerry
    • 27.7 Forecasts
      • 27.7.1 Overview
      • 27.7.2 Forecasts – mobile market to 2017
  • 28. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – International mobile operators – subscribers and market share – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 2 – Latin America mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2007
  • Table 3 – Countries ranked by subscribers, and regional market share – 2007
  • Table 4 – Countries ranked by penetration and variation from regional average – 2007
  • Table 5 – Countries ranked by net additions and annual growth – 2007
  • Table 6 – Top 10 mobile operators ranked by subscribers- 2007
  • Table 7 – Evolution of ARPU – major countries – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 8 – Evolution of ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 9 – Evolution of ARPU in Argentina – major operators – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers by digital technology - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 11 – Market share by mobile technology - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 12 – América Móvil subscribers by subsidiary – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 13 – América Móvil blended ARPU, major subsidiaries – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 14 – América Móvil MOU, major subsidiaries – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 15 – América Móvil churn, major subsidiaries – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 16 – Telefónica mobile subscribers by subsidiary – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 17 – Telecom Italia and TIM subscribers by subsidiary – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 18 – Millicom mobile subscribers by subsidiary – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 19 – Argentina mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 20 – Argentina mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 21 – Argentina mobile operators’ market share - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 22 – Argentina evolution of ARPU by operator and annual change – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 23 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 24 – CTI Móvil mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 25 – Telecom Personal mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 26 – Nextel Argentina mobile subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 27 – Argentina prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 28 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower market growth scenario in Argentina – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 29 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher market growth scenario in Argentina – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 30 – Belize mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 31 – Belize mobile operator’ market share - 2005 - 2007
  • Table 32 – BTL mobile subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 33 – SpeedNet mobile subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2007
  • Table 34 – Bolivia mobile operators, technology, subscribers and annual change – Sept 2007
  • Table 35 – Bolivia mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2007
  • Table 36 – Bolivia mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 37 – Brazil mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 38 – Brazil mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 39 – Brazil mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 40 – Brazil band A, B, D, and E subscribers – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 41 – Brazil mobile subscribers by technology – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 42 – Brazil market share by technology – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 43 – Brazil annual change by technology – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 44 – Brazil mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 45 – Brazil evolution of ARPU – major operators – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 46 – Vivo subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 47 – Telemig subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 48 – Vivo subscribers per subsidiary (historical) – 2002 - 2005
  • Table 49 – TIM Brasil subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 50 – TIM Brasil subscribers per subsidiary (historical) – 2002 - 2005
  • Table 51 – Claro subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 52 – Oi subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 53 – Amazônia Celular subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 54 – BrT Mobile subscribers and annual change – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 55 – CTBC subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 56 – Sercomtel subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 57 – Nextel Brasil mobile subscribers and annual change – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 58 – Brazil prepaid subscribers, annual change and market share – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 59 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Brazil – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 60 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Brazil – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 61 – Caribbean countries mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - Sep 2007
  • Table 62 – Chile mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 63 – Chile mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 64 – Chile mobile operators’ market share – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 65 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 66 – Entel PCS mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 67 – Claro mobile subscribers and annual change – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 68 – Chile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 69 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower market growth scenario in Chile – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 70 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher market growth scenario in Chile – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 71 – Colombia mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
  • Table 72 – Colombia mobile subscribers and annual change, penetration – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 73 – Colombia mobile operators’ market share – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 74 – Comcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 75 – Movistar subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 76 – Tigo subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 77 – Colombia prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2005 - 2007
  • Table 78 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Colombia – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 79 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Colombia – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 80 – Costa Rica mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 81 – Costa Rica mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2007
  • Table 82 – Cuba mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 83 – Dominican Republic cell phone operators, subscribers & annual change – Sept 2007
  • Table 84 – Dominican Republic cell phone subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 85 – Dominican Republic cell phone operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 86 – Claro cell phone subscribers and annual change – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 87 – Dominican Republic postpaid/prepaid ratio - 2001 - 2007
  • Table 88 – Forecast cellular subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Dominican Republic – 2008; 2012; 2018
  • Table 89 – Forecast cellular subscriber growth – higher market scenario in Dominican Republic – 2008; 2012; 2018
  • Table 90 – Ecuador mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 91 – Ecuador mobile subscribers, annual change, and penetration - 1996 - 2007
  • Table 92 – Ecuador mobile operators’ market share – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 93 – Ecuador prepaid subscriber ratio by operator – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 94 – Conecel mobile subscribers and annual change – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 95 – Otecel mobile subscribers and annual change – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 96 – Alegro mobile subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 97 – El Salvador mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 98 – El Salvador mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 99 – El Salvador mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 100 – El Salvador prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 101 – Claro mobile subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 102 – Telemóvil mobile subscribers and annual change – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 103 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 104 – Digicel mobile subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 105 – RED mobile subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 106 – Guatemala mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
  • Table 107 – Guatemala mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 108 – Guatemala mobile operators’ market share - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 109 – Claro subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 110 – Comcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 111 – Movistar subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 112 – Guatemala prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 113 – Guyana mobile subscribers, annual change, and penetration - 1998 - 2007
  • Table 114 – Guyana mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 115 – GT&T mobile subscribers and annual change - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 116 – Digicel mobile subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 117 – Haiti mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2007
  • Table 118 – Honduras mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
  • Table 119 – Honduras mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 120 – Honduras mobile operators’ market share - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 121 – Honduras prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2006
  • Table 122 – Tigo subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 123 – Claro subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 124 – Jamaica mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 125 – Jamaica mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 126 – Jamaica mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 127 – Mexico mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 128 – Mexico mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 129 – Mexico major mobile operators’ market share – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 130 – Mexico mobile penetration by region - 2002 - 2006
  • Table 131 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 132 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 133 – Movistar subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 134 – Movistar churn, minutes of use and ARPU – 2006 - 2007
  • Table 135 – Iusacell subscribers and annual change – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 136 – Unefón subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 137 – Nextel Mexico churn and monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2006
  • Table 138 – Mexico monthly and yearly MOU and annual change – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 139 – Mexico prepaid/postpaid subscribers and annual change – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 140 – Forecast cellular subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Mexico – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 141 – Forecast cellular subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Mexico – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 142 – Nicaragua mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
  • Table 143 – Nicaragua mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 144 – Nicaragua mobile operators’ market share - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 145 – Nicaragua postpaid/prepaid ratio - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 146 – Claro subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 147 – Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 148 – Panama mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 149 – Panama mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 150 – Panama mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 151 – Panama postpaid/prepaid ratio - 1998 - 2006
  • Table 152 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower market growth scenario in Panama – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 153 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher market growth scenario in Panama – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 154 – Paraguay mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
  • Table 155 – Paraguay mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2007
  • Table 156 – Paraguay mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 157 – Peru mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 158 – Peru mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2007
  • Table 159 – Peru mobile operators’ market share – 1996 - 2007
  • Table 160 – Peru mobile technology market share – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 161 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 162 – Claro subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2007
  • Table 163 – Nextel subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2007
  • Table 164 – Peru prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2001 - 2007
  • Table 165 – Peru SMS messages sent per company – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 166 – Peru MMS sent per company – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 167 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Peru – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 168 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Peru – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 169 – Puerto Rico cell phone operators, subscribers and annual change – June 2007
  • Table 170 – Puerto Rico cell phone subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 171 – Puerto Rico cell phone market share by operator – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 172 – Forecast cell phone subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Puerto Rico – 2008; 2012; 2018
  • Table 173 – Forecast cell phone subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Puerto Rico – 2008; 2012; 2018
  • Table 174 – Suriname mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 175 – Uruguay mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 176 – Uruguay mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 177 – Uruguay mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 178 – Ancel mobile subscribers and annual change - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 179 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 180 – CTI Móvil mobile subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 181 – Venezuela mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – September 2007
  • Table 182 – Venezuela mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 183 – Venezuela mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 184 – Venezuela market share by mobile technology – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 185 – Movilnet mobile subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 186 – Movistar mobile subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 187 – Venezuela prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 188 – Venezuela SMS messages sent and annual change - 2002 - 2006
  • Table 189 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – lower growth scenario in Venezuela – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Table 190 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – higher growth scenario in Venezuela – 2007; 2012; 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – EDGE deployments in Latin America – February 2008
  • Exhibit 2 – Argentina PCS auctions – 1999
  • Exhibit 3 – Movicom BellSouth history
  • Exhibit 4 – Telefónica Comunicaciones Personales, trading as Unifón history
  • Exhibit 5 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
  • Exhibit 6 – Brazil A-band mobile operators and technologies
  • Exhibit 7 – Brazil B-band mobile operators and technologies
  • Exhibit 8 – Brazil D-band mobile operators and technologies
  • Exhibit 9 – Brazil E-band mobile operators and technologies
  • Exhibit 10 – Brazil 3G auction winners
  • Exhibit 11 – Brazil bands F, G, I, and J for 3G services – areas and operators
  • Exhibit 12 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
  • Exhibit 13 – Telpart – historical
  • Exhibit 14 – Vivo group – historical structure
  • Exhibit 15 – Vivo group – corporate restructure
  • Exhibit 16 – TIM Brasil – early beginnings
  • Exhibit 17 – TIM Brasil – launch of GSM services
  • Exhibit 18 – TIM Brasil company restructure – 2003 - 2006
  • Exhibit 19 – Telecom Américas – origins, structure, and acquisitions
  • Exhibit 20 – Chile mobile concessions and original shareholders – 1989
  • Exhibit 21 – Telefónica Móvil de Chile (TEM Chile) history
  • Exhibit 22 – BellSouth Chile history
  • Exhibit 23 – Claro/Smartcom/Chilesat history
  • Exhibit 24 – Colombian regions for mobile licensing
  • Exhibit 25 – Comcel, Occel, and Celcaribe company history
  • Exhibit 26 – TEM Colombia company history
  • Exhibit 27 – Colombia Móvil company history
  • Exhibit 28 – BellSouth Guatemala history
  • Exhibit 29 – Mexico mobile telephone regions
  • Exhibit 30 – Mexico licences of mobile operators
  • Exhibit 31 – Telefónica acquisitions: Bajacel, Movitel, Norcel, Cedetel, and Pegaso
  • Exhibit 32 – Aló PCS history
  • Exhibit 33 – Enitel Movil history
  • Exhibit 34 – Movistar history
  • Exhibit 35 – Paraguay licensed mobile companies
  • Exhibit 36 – Telefónica Móviles Perú (TEM Perú) history
  • Exhibit 37 – BellSouth Peru and Comunicaciones Móviles del Perú (CMP) history
  • Exhibit 38 – TIM Perú history
  • Exhibit 39 – Mobile telephony in Venezuela – historical overview
  • Exhibit 40 – Mobile telephony in Venezuela – licensing regions
  • Exhibit 41 – Movistar company history
  • Exhibit 42 – Digitel – historical
  • Exhibit 43 – Infonet – historical
  • Exhibit 44 – Digicel – historical

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