2009 Latin American Broadband and Internet Market

Publication Overview

This report covers developments in the broadband and Internet markets of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

The countries covered in the report include: 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 small Caribbean island nations.

 

Researchers:- Lucia Bibolini, Lawrence Baker

Current publication date:- July 2009 (8th Edition)

Next publication date:- August 2010

Executive Summary

Broadband penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean was about 4.9% in early 2009, well below the world average of 6.1%. The slow uptake of broadband in the region can be attributed to several factors, the main one being the high prices charged by providers. In fact, despite liberalisation, in most countries the fixed-line incumbents dominate the local loop – and hence the ADSL market – and are only challenged by cable modem providers. Other inhibiting factors include low PC penetration, insufficient fixed-line infrastructure, highly unequal income distribution, a lack of economies of scale, and regulatory hurdles.

 

On the positive side, competition has been increasing and prices have been dropping in most countries. Given the region’s general economic indicators, there remains ample space for expansion. Although the situation varies considerably from country to country, the region as a whole should be a fertile ground for broadband investment. Indeed, Latin America was the world’s fastest-growing broadband market in the fourth quarter of 2008.

 

The options available in the region are ADSL, cable modem, wireless broadband, mobile broadband, and satellite broadband. ADSL is the prevalent technology, followed by cable modem. Mobile broadband, only two years after launch, has managed to attract about 5 million subscribers. WiMAX, on the other hand, after suffering serious setbacks due to licensing delays, has been further knocked back by the global financial crisis.

 

Broadband subscribers and penetration – major Latin American countries – 2007 - 2008

Country

2007

2008

Annual change

Penetration per capita

Household penetration

(million)

Argentina

2.56

3.44

+35%

8.7%

31.4%

Brazil

7.72

10.20

+32%

5.3%

18.0%

Chile

1.31

1.45

+10%

8.6%

29.4%

Colombia

1.21

1.98

+64%

4.1%

18.8%

Mexico

4.55

6.90

+52%

6.5%

21.8%

Peru

0.59

0.74

+26%

2.5%

10.5%

Venezuela

0.86

1.28

+49%

4.4%

17.4%

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data with BuddeComm estimates)

 

Key highlights:

Argentina

Argentina’s Internet market is the third largest in Latin America, after Brazil and Mexico. In terms of Internet user penetration (50.3% per capita), it is well above the regional average and more than twice as high as the world average (which was about 23% in early 2009). Argentina’s broadband market is the most developed in the region and has the highest penetration rate. ADSL is the main broadband technology, but cable modem occupies a significant place with about one third of the subscriber base. The market is divided fairly equally between three players: Telefónica de Argentina, Telecom Argentina, and Grupo Clarín. While the first two offer ADSL services primarily in their regions of operation, Grupo Clarín provides cable modem broadband on a nationwide basis; this has helped to foster competition and reduce broadband prices, which are among the lowest in Latin America.

 

Brazil

Compared with other economic indicators, Brazil’s Internet penetration is lower than expected, and there is considerable room for growth. In terms of subscriber numbers, Brazil is the regional broadband leader, but it trails neighbouring Chile and Argentina in terms of penetration. Broadband uptake has been stifled by high prices and weak competition. Broadband charges in Brazil have been dropping while speeds have been increasing, but prices are far too high for the Brazilian socio-economic environment. In fact, broadband tariffs are considerably higher than in neighbouring Argentina. ADSL is the leading broadband technology, with 70% market share, followed by cable modem with 25%, and wireless broadband with 5%. The country is considered a world leader by many in terms of e-government, and is also quite active in the area of e-education.

 

Mexico

Broadband is one of the highest growth sectors in Mexico’s telecommunications market, with revenues continuing to record double digit growth for the fourth quarter of 2008 despite the broader economy posting negative growth for that period. Telmex’s ADSL product, Prodigy Infinitum, continued to post very strong growth rates during 2008. Nevertheless, there remains significant scope for growth, as Mexico’s broadband penetration is merely one-quarter of the OECD average, while its broadband prices are higher than most other OECD nations. High prices and low penetration levels are attributed to a lack of investment and competition due to, in part, foreign investment restrictions and a lack of local loop unbundling. Telmex dominates with approximately 95% of the ADSL market.

 

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. Argentina
    • 1.1 Internet market
      • 1.1.1 Overview
    • 1.2 Broadband market
      • 1.2.1 Overview
      • 1.2.2 Broadband players
      • 1.2.3 Cable modems
      • 1.2.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • 1.2.5 Wireless broadband
      • 1.2.6 Mobile broadband
      • 1.2.7 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 1.2.8 Content and e-services
  • 2. Belize
    • 2.1 Internet market
      • 2.1.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Broadband market
  • 3. Bolivia
    • 3.1 Internet market
      • 3.1.1 Overview
    • 3.2 Broadband market
      • 3.2.1 Overview
      • 3.2.2 WiMAX
  • 4. Brazil
    • 4.1 Internet market
      • 4.1.1 Overview
      • 4.1.2 Brazil’s ISP market
      • 4.1.3 Internet economy
    • 4.2 Broadband market
      • 4.2.1 Overview
      • 4.2.2 Cable modems
      • 4.2.3 ADSL
      • 4.2.4 Wireless broadband
      • 4.2.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL) and smart grids
      • 4.2.6 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
  • 5. Caribbean Countries
    • 5.1 Broadband and Internet market
      • 5.1.1 Overview
  • 6. Chile
    • 6.1 Internet market
      • 6.1.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Broadband market
      • 6.2.1 Overview
      • 6.2.2 Digital Strategy 2007-2012
      • 6.2.3 Broadband operators
      • 6.2.4 Cable modems
      • 6.2.5 ADSL
      • 6.2.6 Broadband Powerline (BPL) and smart grids
      • 6.2.7 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
      • 6.2.8 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Colombia
    • 7.1 Internet market
      • 7.1.1 Overview
      • 7.1.2 Compartel
      • 7.1.3 One Laptop per Child project
    • 7.2 Broadband market
      • 7.2.1 Overview
      • 7.2.2 Major ISPs and broadband players
      • 7.2.3 Cable modems
      • 7.2.4 ADSL
      • 7.2.5 Wireless broadband
  • 8. Costa Rica
    • 8.1 Internet market
      • 8.1.1 Overview
    • 8.2 Broadband market
      • 8.2.1 Overview
      • 8.2.2 Cable modems
      • 8.2.3 ADSL
      • 8.2.4 Wireless broadband
  • 9. Cuba
    • 9.1 Internet market
      • 9.1.1 Overview
  • 10. Dominican Republic
    • 10.1 Internet market
      • 10.1.1 Overview
    • 10.2 Broadband market
      • 10.2.1 Overview
      • 10.2.2 ADSL
      • 10.2.3 Cable modems
      • 10.2.4 Wireless broadband
  • 11. Ecuador
    • 11.1 Internet market
      • 11.1.1 Overview
    • 11.2 Broadband market
      • 11.2.1 Overview
      • 11.2.2 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 11.2.3 Wireless broadband
  • 12. El Salvador
    • 12.1 Internet market
      • 12.1.1 Overview
    • 12.2 Broadband market
      • 12.2.1 Overview
      • 12.2.2 ADSL
      • 12.2.3 WiMAX
  • 13. Guatemala
    • 13.1 Internet market
      • 13.1.1 Overview
    • 13.2 Broadband market
      • 13.2.1 Overview
      • 13.2.2 Broadband providers
  • 14. Guyana
    • 14.1 Internet and broadband market
      • 14.1.1 Overview
  • 15. Haiti
    • 15.1 Internet market
      • 15.1.1 Overview
      • 15.1.2 ISP market
    • 15.2 Broadband market
      • 15.2.1 Wireless broadband
  • 16. Honduras
    • 16.1 Internet market
      • 16.1.1 Overview
    • 16.2 Broadband market
      • 16.2.1 Overview
  • 17. Jamaica
    • 17.1 Internet market
      • 17.1.1 Overview
    • 17.2 Broadband market
      • 17.2.1 Overview
      • 17.2.2 Cable broadband
      • 17.2.3 Wireless broadband
  • 18. Mexico
    • 18.1 Internet market
      • 18.1.1 Overview
      • 18.1.2 ISP market
    • 18.2 Broadband market
      • 18.2.1 Overview
      • 18.2.2 ADSL
      • 18.2.3 Cable modems
      • 18.2.4 Wireless broadband
      • 18.2.5 Broadband over powerline (BPL)
  • 19. Nicaragua
    • 19.1 Internet market
      • 19.1.1 Overview
    • 19.2 Broadband market
      • 19.2.1 Overview
  • 20. Panama
    • 20.1 Internet market
      • 20.1.1 Overview
    • 20.2 Broadband market
      • 20.2.1 Overview
  • 21. Paraguay
    • 21.1 Internet market
      • 21.1.1 Overview
    • 21.2 Broadband market
      • 21.2.1 Overview
      • 21.2.2 Cable modems
      • 21.2.3 ADSL
      • 21.2.4 WiMAX
  • 22. Peru
    • 22.1 Internet market
      • 22.1.1 Overview
      • 22.1.2 Cabinas públicas
      • 22.1.3 One Laptop per Child project
    • 22.2 Broadband market
      • 22.2.1 Overview
      • 22.2.2 FITEL broadband projects
      • 22.2.3 Broadband operators
      • 22.2.4 Cable modems
      • 22.2.5 ADSL
      • 22.2.6 Wireless broadband
  • 23. Puerto Rico
    • 23.1 Internet market
      • 23.1.1 Overview
    • 23.2 Broadband market
      • 23.2.1 Overview
      • 23.2.2 Cable modems
      • 23.2.3 DSL
      • 23.2.4 Wireless broadband
  • 24. Suriname
    • 24.1 Internet and broadband market
      • 24.1.1 Overview
      • 24.1.2 ADSL
      • 24.1.3 OLPC
  • 25. Uruguay
    • 25.1 Internet market
      • 25.1.1 Overview
      • 25.1.2 Ceibal project
    • 25.2 Broadband market
      • 25.2.1 Overview
      • 25.2.2 ADSL
      • 25.2.3 Wireless broadband
      • 25.2.4 Broadband providers
    • 25.3 Content and e-services
  • 26. Venezuela
    • 26.1 Internet market
      • 26.1.1 Overview
    • 26.2 Broadband market
      • 26.2.1 Overview
      • 26.2.2 Cable modems
      • 26.2.3 ADSL
      • 26.2.4 Wireless broadband
      • 26.2.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • 27. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Argentina - 1999 - 2008
  • Table 2 – Residential dial-up subscribers (paid and free) in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 3 – Dial-up and broadband market share in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 5 – Broadband market share by technology in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 6 – Broadband market share by operator in Argentina - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 7 – Speedy ADSL subscribers – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 8 – Arnet ADSL subscribers – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 9 – Flash/FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 10 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 11 – ADSL subscribers and penetration rates in Argentina - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 12 – B2C sales in Argentina - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 13 – Internet users, annual change and user penetration in Belize – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 14 – BTL high-speed Internet subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 15 – Broadband lines, annual change and penetration rates in Belize – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 16 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Bolivia - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 17 – Dial-up subscribers in Bolivia – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 18 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Bolivia – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate in Brazil - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 20 – Active Internet users with own computer in Brazil - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 21 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Brazil – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 22 – Broadband market share by technology in Brazil – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 23 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates in Brazil – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 24 – Net Vírtua subscribers and annual change – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 25 – ADSL subscribers and penetration rates in Brazil – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 26 – ADSL – operators’ market share in Brazil – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 27 – Telesp ADSL subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 28 – Brasil Telecom ADSL subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 29 – Oi ADSL subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 30 – GVT ADSL subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 31 – Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration in Brazil – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 32 – Internet users and penetration in Caribbean countries - 2008
  • Table 33 – Internet users, annual change and user penetration - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 34 – Dial-up subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 35 – Dial-up and broadband market share - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 36 – ISP market share - September 2008
  • Table 37 – Broadband subscribers annual change and penetration - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 38 – Broadband technology market share – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 39 – Broadband market share – major companies – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 40 – Cable modem subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 41 – VTR cable modem subscribers & annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 42 – ADSL subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 43 – Telefónica Chile ADSL subscribers & annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 44 – Telsur ADSL subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 45 – Internet users and user penetration in Colombia - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 46 – Dial-up subscribers and annual change in Colombia - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 47 – Dial-up and broadband market share in Colombia - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 48 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Colombia - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 49 – Broadband market share by technology in Colombia - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 50 – Broadband market share by major operator in Colombia - September 2008
  • Table 51 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates in Colombia - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 52 – ADSL subscribers and penetration rates in Colombia - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 53 – WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates in Colombia - 2006 - 2008
  • Table 54 – Internet users and user penetration in Costa Rica – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 55 – Broadband subscribers and penetration in Costa Rica – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 56 – Broadband market share by technology in Costa Rica – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 57 – Cable modem subscribers & household penetration in Costa Rica – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 58 – ADSL subscribers and household penetration in Costa Rica – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 59 – Internet users and penetration rate in Cuba – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 60 – Personal computers and penetration rate in Cuba – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 61 – Internet users and annual change in Dominican Republic - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 62 – Internet subscribers and household penetration in Dominican Republic – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 63 – DSL residential & corporate subscribers in Dominican Republic - 2004 - 2008
  • Table 64 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Ecuador - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 65 – Dial-up / broadband market share in Ecuador - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 66 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Ecuador - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 67 – Internet users and penetration rate in El Salvador - 1996 - 2007
  • Table 68 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in El Salvador – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 69 – ADSL subscribers and annual change in El Salvador – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 70 – Internet users and penetration rate in Guatemala – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 71 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Guyana - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 72 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Haiti – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 73 – Internet subscribers, annual change and penetration in Haiti – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 74 – Cybercafé and CCI points in Honduras – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 75 – Internet users and penetration rate in Honduras – 1997 - 2007
  • Table 76 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Honduras – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 77 – Internet users, annual change and user penetration in Jamaica - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 78 – Market share by connection in Jamaica – 2006
  • Table 79 – Internet users, annual change and penetration rate in Mexico - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 80 – Internet subscribers by access technology in Mexico - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 81 – Location-based computer use in Mexico - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 82 – Prodigy Infinitum ADSL subscriber lines and annual change - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 83 – Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 84 – Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 85 – Cablevisión cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 86 – Internet users and penetration rate in Nicaragua - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 87 – Internet subscribers in Nicaragua - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 88 – Internet technology market share in Nicaragua – 2000 - 2006
  • Table 89 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Nicaragua - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 90 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Panama - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 91 – Dial-up/broadband market share in Panama - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 92 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Panama – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 93 – Broadband subscribers by technology in Panama - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 94 – Internet users and user penetration in Paraguay - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 95 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Paraguay – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 96 – Internet users and penetration rate in Peru - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 97 – Dial-up and broadband market share in Peru - 1999 - 2008
  • Table 98 – Dial-up subscribers in Peru - 1999 - 2008
  • Table 99 – Cabinas públicas in Peru - 2000 - 2007
  • Table 100 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Peru – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 101 – Broadband subscriber ratios by technology in Peru – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 102 – TdP broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 103 – Cable modem subscribers in Peru – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 104 – ADSL subscribers in Peru – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 105 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Puerto Rico - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 106 – Broadband lines and annual change in Puerto Rico - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 107 – PRTC DSL lines - 2002 - 2008
  • Table 108 – Internet users and user penetration in Suriname – 1997 - 2008
  • Table 109 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Suriname – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 110 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Uruguay - 1999 - 2008
  • Table 111 – Internet dial-up customers in Uruguay - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 112 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Uruguay - 2005 - 2008
  • Table 113 – Anteldata – ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 114 – Telecentres/cybercafés in Venezuela - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 115 – Internet users and user penetration rate in Venezuela - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 116 – Dial-up subscribers in Venezuela – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 117 – Dial-up and broadband market share in Venezuela - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 118 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates in Venezuela – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 119 – CANTV ADSL subscribers – 2001 - 2008
  • Exhibit 1 – Overview of WiMAX
  • Exhibit 2 – America Online Latin America – the rise and fall of an ISP
  • Exhibit 3 – An overview of the One Laptop per Child project
  • Exhibit 4 – Major ISPs, broadband players and services offered in Colombia
  • Exhibit 5 – Coldecón (liquidated)
  • Exhibit 6 – Departmental WiMAX licences issued in Colombia – December 2006
  • Exhibit 7 – Alpha Communications Network (ACN)
  • Exhibit 8 – History of the Internet in Peru

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