2009 Latin American Fixed Voice Market

Publication Overview

The countries covered in this 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.

 

The report provides key information about the major fixed-line operators in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics covered include:

·         brief company history and shareholder structure;

·         financial performance;

·         subscriber evolution;

·         market position.

 

Researchers:- Lucia Bibolini, Lawrence Baker

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

Next publication date:- August 2010

Executive Summary

Latin America’s largest fixed-line operator in terms of lines in service is Telmex, founded and controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. In terms of revenue, Brazil’s Telesp, owned by Telefónica, is in the lead. The second place, both in terms of fixed lines and revenue, is occupied by Brazilian Oi (Telemar).

 

The main international companies operating in Latin America are Telefónica and Telmex. Telefónica dominates the fixed-line market in several countries, while Telmex is the market leader only in Mexico but has operations throughout the region. Telmex’s sister company América Móvil also competes with Telefónica in most of Latin America’s mobile markets, and sometimes also in the fixed-line sector.

 

Top 10 fixed-line operators by lines in service - 2007 - 2008

Operator

Country

2007

2008

Annual change

Fixed lines in service (million)

Telmex (Mexico only)

Mexico

17.80

17.59

-1.2%

Oi

Brazil

14.22

13.94

-2.0%

Telesp (Telefónica)

Brazil

11.97

11.66

-2.5%

Brasil Telecom

Brazil

8.03

8.13

+1.2%

CANTV

Venezuela

4.25

5.06

+19.1%

TASA (Telefónica)

Argentina

4.68

4.60

-1.7%

Telecom Argentina

Argentina

4.21

4.30

+2.2%

TdP (Telefónica)

Peru

2.84

2.99

+5.0%

Colombia Telecom

Colombia

2.33

2.30

-1.3%

CTC (Telefónica)

Chile

2.17

2.12

-2.4%

(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)

 

Key highlights:

Argentina

Argentina has adopted a single licence for all telecom services (Licencia Única), including fixed and mobile telephony, Internet access, data communications, and value added services. Argentina’s long-distance market is highly competitive, but in the basic telephony sector, meaningful competition has yet to develop. Two regional incumbents, Telefónica de Argentina and Telecom Argentina, dominate the local fixed-line infrastructure. Telecom Argentina is under cross-holding scrutiny since rival operator Telefónica acquired a stake in its parent company, Telecom Italia.

 

Brazil

The bulk of Brazil’s fixed-line network is divided between Telefónica’s Telesp and locally owned Oi, which is in the process of taking over the third incumbent, Brasil Telecom. América Móvil’s Embratel is the long-distance domestic and international telecom incumbent. The government authorised the merger of Oi and Brasil Telecom as a way of creating a strong national player able to compete with foreign-owned giants América Móvil and Telefónica, which would otherwise dominate the Brazilian fixed, mobile, and broadband markets.

 

Mexico

With the opening of the telecom market, numerous new entrants were licensed to provide services in Mexico. Nevertheless, Telmex still dominates the fixed-line market with around 90% of lines, maintaining a stranglehold over the country’s last mile infrastructure. In fact, Mexico remains the last country in the OECD yet to unbundle its local loop. In mid-2008, Telmex spun off its international operations, keeping the lion’s share of the company’s debt and releasing its international operations from its domestic operations. Telmex reported a decline in revenues for the year ending December 2008 due to poor performance in voice services. It enjoyed robust growth, on the other hand, in its Internet segment, and in particular from data related services.

 

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 Fixed network operators in Argentina
      • 1.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 1.1.2 Telefónica de Argentina
      • 1.1.3 Telecom Argentina
      • 1.1.4 Telmex Argentina
      • 1.1.5 Comsat Argentina
      • 1.1.6 IPLAN
      • 1.1.7 Telecom Cooperatives
      • 1.1.8 Global Crossing (previously Impsat)
  • 2. Belize
    • 2.1 Telecom network operators in Belize
      • 2.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 2.1.2 Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL)
  • 3. Bolivia
    • 3.1 Telecom network operators in Bolivia
      • 3.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 3.1.2 Entel
      • 3.1.3 Cooperatives
  • 4. Brazil
    • 4.1 Fixed network operators in Brazil
      • 4.1.1 Overview of fixed network market
      • 4.1.2 Oi (Telemar)
      • 4.1.3 Brasil Telecom
      • 4.1.4 Telesp
      • 4.1.5 Embratel
      • 4.1.6 GVT
      • 4.1.7 Intelig Telecom
      • 4.1.8 CTBC Telecom
      • 4.1.9 Sercomtel
  • 5. Caribbean Countries
    • 5.1 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
      • 5.1.1 Cable & Wireless
      • 5.1.2 Digicel
    • 5.2 Telecommunications market overview
      • 5.2.1 Fixed line teledensity statistics
  • 6. Chile
    • 6.1 Fixed network operators in Chile
      • 6.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 6.1.2 Telefónica Chile
      • 6.1.3 Entel Chile
      • 6.1.4 VTR Globalcom
      • 6.1.5 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
      • 6.1.6 Telmex Chile
      • 6.1.7 GTD Manquehue and the GTD Group
  • 7. Colombia
    • 7.1 Fixed network operators in Colombia
      • 7.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 7.1.2 Telefónica Telecom (previously Colombia Telecom)
      • 7.1.3 ETB
      • 7.1.4 UNE-EPM Telecomunicaciones
      • 7.1.5 Telmex Colombia
      • 7.1.6 Emcali
  • 8. Costa Rica
    • 8.1 Fixed network operator in Costa Rica
      • 8.1.1 ICE
  • 9. Cuba
    • 9.1 Fixed network operator in Cuba
      • 9.1.1 Empresa de Telecomunicaciones del Cuba SA (Etecsa)
  • 10. Dominican Republic
    • 10.1 fixed network operators in the Dominican Republic
      • 10.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 10.1.2 Codetel (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
      • 10.1.3 Tricom
      • 10.1.4 Dgtec
  • 11. Ecuador
    • 11.1 Fixed network operators in Ecuador
      • 11.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 11.1.2 Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT)
      • 11.1.3 Etapa
      • 11.1.4 Linkotel
  • 12. El Salvador
    • 12.1 Telecom network operators in El Salvador
      • 12.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 12.1.2 CTE Telecom (América Móvil)
      • 12.1.3 Telefónica
  • 13. Guatemala
    • 13.1 Telecom network operators in Guatemala
      • 13.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 13.1.2 Telgua (América Móvil)
      • 13.1.3 TEM Guatemala (Telefónica)
  • 14. Guyana
    • 14.1 Fixed network operator in Guyana
      • 14.1.1 Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GT&T)
  • 15. Haiti
    • 15.1 Major fixed network operator in Haiti
      • 15.1.1 Telecommunications D’Haiti (Teleco)
  • 16. Honduras
    • 16.1 Telecom network operators in Honduras
      • 16.1.1 Hondutel
      • 16.1.2 Multifon
      • 16.1.3 Tele+ (Comunitel)
  • 17. Jamaica
    • 17.1 Major fixed network operator in Jamaica
      • 17.1.1 Overview
      • 17.1.2 Cable & Wireless Jamaica (C&WJ) (LIME)
  • 18. Mexico
    • 18.1 Fixed network operators in Mexico
      • 18.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 18.1.2 Teléfonos de México (Telmex)
      • 18.1.3 Alestra
      • 18.1.4 Axtel
      • 18.1.5 Maxcom
      • 18.1.6 Marcatel
  • 19. Nicaragua
    • 19.1 Telecom network operators in Nicaragua
      • 19.1.1 Enitel
      • 19.1.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
  • 20. Panama
    • 20.1 Fixed network operators in Panama
      • 20.1.1 Cable & Wireless Panamá
      • 20.1.2 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp)
      • 20.1.3 Telecarrier
      • 20.1.4 Advanced Communication Network
      • 20.1.5 Optynex Telecom
  • 21. Paraguay
    • 21.1 Fixed network operator in Paraguay
      • 21.1.1 Copaco
  • 22. Peru
    • 22.1 Fixed network operators in Peru
      • 22.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 22.1.2 Telefónica del Perú
      • 22.1.3 Movistar Perú
      • 22.1.4 Telmex Perú
      • 22.1.5 Americatel Perú
      • 22.1.6 Gilat To Home Perú (GTH)
      • 22.1.7 IDT Perú
  • 23. Puerto Rico
    • 23.1 Fixed network operators in Puerto Rico
      • 23.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 23.1.2 Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC/TELPRI)
      • 23.1.3 Centennial de Puerto Rico (CPR)
      • 23.1.4 Telefónica Larga Distancia de Puerto Rico (TLD)
  • 24. Suriname
    • 24.1 Fixed network operator in Suriname
      • 24.1.1 Telesur
  • 25. Uruguay
    • 25.1 Fixed network operators in Uruguay
      • 25.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 25.1.2 Antel
  • 26. Venezuela
    • 26.1 Fixed network operators in Venezuela
      • 26.1.1 Overview of operators
      • 26.1.2 CANTV
      • 26.1.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 26.1.4 Digitel
      • 26.1.5 NetUno (previously Veninfotel)
  • 27. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Market share of fixed lines in service in Argentina – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Argentina – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 3 – TASA fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 4 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 5 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Belize - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 6 – BTL fixed lines, annual change and payphones - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Bolivia – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 8 – Entel ADSL subscribers – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 9 – Entel fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 10 – Operators’ market share of fixed lines in service in Brazil – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Brazil – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 12 – Oi fixed lines in service, annual change and digitisation rate – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 13 – Brasil Telecom fixed lines in service and digitisation rate – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 14 – Telesp fixed lines in service and digitisation rate – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 15 – Net connected voice clients and annual change – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 16 – GVT fixed lines in service and annual change – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 17 – GVT connected VoIP subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 18 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Caribbean countries - 2007
  • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Chile – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 20 – Major operators – market share of fixed lines in service in Chile – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 21 – Entel & Telefónica Chile, market share of ILD & DLD traffic – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 22 – Telefónica Chile lines in service and annual change – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 23 – Entel lines in service and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 24 – VTR telephony subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 25 – Telsur lines in service and annual change – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 26 – Major operators’ market share of fixed lines in service in Colombia – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 27 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Colombia – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 28 – Market share of DLD traffic by operator in Colombia – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 29 – Market share of ILD outgoing traffic by operator in Colombia – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 30 – Telefónica Telecom lines in service and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 31 – ETB lines in service and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 32 – UNE-EPM lines in service and annual change – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 33 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Costa Rica – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 34 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Cuba – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 35 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Dominican Republic - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 36 – Operators’ market share of fixed lines in service in Ecuador – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 37 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Ecuador - 1996 - 2009
  • Table 38 – CNT (previously Andinatel and Pacifictel) lines in service – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 39 – Etapa lines in service and annual change – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 40 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in El Salvador – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 41 – Telecom fixed lines in service and annual change – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 42 – Market share fixed lines in service by major operators in Guatemala – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 43 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Guatemala – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 44 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Guyana - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 45 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Haiti – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 46 – Market share of fixed lines in service in Honduras - 2003 - 2007
  • Table 47 – Number of operators: fixed, mobile, data, ISP and CATV markets in Honduras – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 48 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Honduras - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 49 – Hondutel fixed lines in service - 1997 - 2007
  • Table 50 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Jamaica - 1996 - 2008
  • Table 51 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Mexico – 1996 - 2008
  • Table 52 – Telmex lines in service and annual change - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 53 – Alestra lines in service by sector and annual change - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 54 – Axtel lines in service and annual change - 2002 - 2007
  • Table 55 – Maxcom lines in service and annual change - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 56 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Nicaragua - 1996 - 2007
  • Table 57 – Number of telecom concessions in Panama - March 2009
  • Table 58 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Panama - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 59 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Paraguay - 2000 - 2008
  • Table 60 – Share of fixed lines in service (top 4 operators) in Peru– 2001 - 2008
  • Table 61 – Share of domestic long-distance traffic (top 4 operators) in Peru – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 62 – Share of international long-distance outgoing traffic (top 4 operators) in Peru – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 63 – TdP fixed lines in service and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 64 – Movistar fixed lines in service and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 65 – Telmex Perú fixed lines in service and annual change – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 66 – Americatel fixed lines in service and annual change – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 67 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Puerto Rico - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 68 – PRTC residential/corporate fixed-lines in service - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 69 – CPR switched access lines - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 70 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Suriname – 1997 - 2008
  • Table 71 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Uruguay – 1997 - 2008
  • Table 72 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Venezuela - 1997 - 2008
  • Table 73 – Fixed line market share by operator in Venezuela – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 74 – Fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio in Venezuela - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 75 – CANTV fixed lines in service and market share - 2001 - 2008
  • Table 76 – Movistar WLL lines - 2004 - 2008
  • Exhibit 1 – Telefónica de Argentina at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 – Telecom Argentina at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 – Telmex Argentina – company history
  • Exhibit 4 – Belize Telecommunications Ltd – history prior to 2005
  • Exhibit 5 – Belize Telecommunications Ltd – ownership disputes
  • Exhibit 6 – Entel Bolivia at a glance
  • Exhibit 7 – Telemar Norte Leste at a glance
  • Exhibit 8 – Brasil Telecom at a glance
  • Exhibit 9 – Disputes between Brasil Telecom’s shareholders (historical)
  • Exhibit 10 – Telesp at a glance
  • Exhibit 11 – Embratel Participações at a glance
  • Exhibit 12 – Principal subsidiaries of Embratel Participações – September 2008
  • Exhibit 13 – Vésper (historical)
  • Exhibit 14 – Digicel’s Caribbean operations – 2008
  • Exhibit 15 – Regions and primary zones in Chile
  • Exhibit 16 – Local telephony operators – number of zones of operation in Chile – 2008
  • Exhibit 17 – Telefónica Chile at a glance
  • Exhibit 18 – Telefónica Chile – company history
  • Exhibit 19 – Entel Chile at a glance
  • Exhibit 20 – Entel – company history
  • Exhibit 21 – VTR Globalcom at a glance
  • Exhibit 22 – VTR – company history
  • Exhibit 23 – Telsur at a glance
  • Exhibit 24 – Telsur – company history
  • Exhibit 25 – Telmex Chile – company history
  • Exhibit 26 – GTD Manquehue – company history
  • Exhibit 27 – Long distance access codes – incumbents and new carriers in Colombia – June 2008
  • Exhibit 28 – Telefónica Telecom at a glance
  • Exhibit 29 – Colombia Telecom – company history
  • Exhibit 30 – Colombia Telecom – privatisation
  • Exhibit 31 – Barranquilla Telecomunicaciones (liquidated)
  • Exhibit 32 – ETB at a glance
  • Exhibit 33 – UNE-EPM Telecomunicaciones at a glance
  • Exhibit 34 – UNE-EPM telecom subsidiaries
  • Exhibit 35 – Orbitel – history
  • Exhibit 36 – Telmex Colombia at a glance
  • Exhibit 37 – Telmex Colombia acquisition of AT&T
  • Exhibit 38 – Andinatel – history
  • Exhibit 39 – Pacifictel – history
  • Exhibit 40 – Americatel versus CTE
  • Exhibit 41 – Fixed-line local telephony licence holders in Mexico
  • Exhibit 42 – Fixed-wireless local telephony licence holders in Mexico
  • Exhibit 43 – Long-distance licence holders in Mexico
  • Exhibit 44 – Telmex at a glance
  • Exhibit 45 – Telefónica del Perú at a glance
  • Exhibit 46 – Telmex Perú – company history
  • Exhibit 47 - Licensed ILD operators in Uruguay – January 2009
  • Exhibit 48 – Antel at a glance
  • Exhibit 49 – CANTV at a glance

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