2014 Latin America - Mobile Operators

Publication Overview

The report provides key information about the mobile operators in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics covered include:

  • Brief company history and shareholder structure;
  • Licences and technology deployments;
  • Subscriber evolution;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU);
  • Market position.

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.

For information on the Latin American Mobile Voice Market see separate report Latin America – Mobile Voice, Data and Forecasts.

Researchers:- Henry Lancaster, Lucia Bibolini
Current publication date:- August 2014 (10th Edition)

Executive Summary

Continuing market consolidation and merger activity signify major changes for 2015

Latin America’s mobile market is dominated by four multinational operators, which together account for about 80% of the region’s subscribers. There remains room for a vibrant MVNO segment, while changes to company share ownership, as well as recent regulatory measures and the competitive strain experienced by some players continue to make the market fluid.

Mexico’s América Móvil is the largest player in the region, operating in 17 countries. The company also has a significant presence in the US via its MVNO Tracfone, and has recently ventured into Europe by taking stakes in two key local operators. It has a 25.7% interest in KPN, through which it has access to the Dutch and Belgian mobile markets, as also a 26.8% stake in Telekom Austria, through which it has access to seven other markets including Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus.

In Latin America, the second largest operator is Spain’s Telefónica, providing services under the Movistar brand in all markets except Brazil, where it operates under the Vivo brand. Brazil is Telefónica’s key market in the region, where it has over 79 million mobile subscribers.

Telecom Italia operates in Brazil, as also still in Argentina via its stake in Telecom Argentina, and Paraguay. The operator will soon exit Argentina, having sold its interest in the incumbent operator for $960 million. Millicom provides mobile services, branded as Tigo, in three Central American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) and three South American (Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay), while Digicel and Cable & Wireless are the dominant players in the Caribbean.

The regional mobile market showed great promise during the 1990s when it was first opened up to competition, and when governments and regulators began licensing spectrum. A number of international operators ventured into these markets, though uncertainties concerning licence regimes, as well as the vicissitudes caused by changing strategies and economic performances of players led to considerable consolidation. This is ongoing, with US-based NII Holdings, which provides wireless services under the Nextel brand in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, announcing in August 2014 that it may file for bankruptcy. The operator has about 9.3 million mobile subscribers in these markets, having lost 6% of its subscriber base year-on-year.

In Mexico, a new regulatory regime was recently introduced aimed at curbing the dominance of América Móvil, which controls 70% of the wireless market and 80% of landlines. In response, in July 2014 América Móvil announced that it would sell assets to reduce its local market share to below 50% by 2018. This will enable other operators to compete more effectively, while future spectrum auctions will be geared to encouraging the market entry of new players.

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 Major Mobile Operators in Latin America
  • 2. Argentina
    • 2.1 Overview of Argentina’s mobile market
    • 2.2 Mobile network operators
      • 2.2.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
      • 2.2.2 Telecom Personal
      • 2.2.3 Movistar
      • 2.2.4 Nextel Argentina
    • 2.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
      • 2.3.1 Overview
      • 2.3.2 Nuestro Móvil
      • 2.3.3 Libre.ar
  • 3. Belize
    • 3.1 Overview of Belize’s mobile market
    • 3.2 Major mobile operators
      • 3.2.1 BTL (DigiCell)
      • 3.2.2 SpeedNet (Smart)
  • 4. Bolivia
    • 4.1 Overview of Bolivia’s mobile market
    • 4.2 Major mobile operators
      • 4.2.1 Entel Movil
      • 4.2.2 Tigo (Telecel)
      • 4.2.3 Viva (NuevaTel)
    • 4.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 5. Brazil
    • 5.1 Overview of Brazil’s mobile market
    • 5.2 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
      • 5.2.1 Overview
      • 5.2.2 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
      • 5.2.3 TIM Brasil
      • 5.2.4 Claro
      • 5.2.5 Oi
      • 5.2.6 Nextel Brasil
      • 5.2.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
      • 5.2.8 Sercomtel Celular
      • 5.2.9 Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
    • 5.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
      • 5.3.1 Porto Seguro
      • 5.3.2 Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
      • 5.3.3 Virgin Mobile
      • 5.3.4 Correios
  • 6. Caribbean Countries
    • 6.1 Overview of mobile markets in the Caribbean
    • 6.2 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
      • 6.2.1 LIME (Cable & Wireless)
      • 6.2.2 Digicel
  • 7. Chile
    • 7.1 Overview of Chile’s mobile market
    • 7.2 Mobile network operators
      • 7.2.1 Entel PCS
      • 7.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
      • 7.2.3 Claro Chile (América Móvil)
      • 7.2.4 Nextel Chile
      • 7.2.5 VTR
    • 7.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 7.3.1 Overview
      • 7.3.2 GTD Móvil
      • 7.3.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
      • 7.3.4 Falabella Móvil
  • 8. Colombia
    • 8.1 Overview of Colombia’s mobile market
    • 8.2 Mobile Network operators
      • 8.2.1 Claro (Comcel/América Móvil)
      • 8.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 8.2.3 Tigo (Colombia Móvil/Millicom, EPM, ETB)
      • 8.2.4 Avantel
      • 8.2.5 UNE-EPM
    • 8.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators
      • 8.3.1 Market analysis
      • 8.3.2 Uff! Móvil
      • 8.3.3 ETB
      • 8.3.4 Metrotel
      • 8.3.5 Emcali
      • 8.3.6 Virgin Mobile
      • 8.3.7 Móvil Éxito
  • 9. Costa Rica
    • 9.1 Overview of Costa Rica’s mobile market
    • 9.2 Major mobile operator
      • 9.2.1 ICE
      • 9.2.2 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 10. Cuba
    • 10.1 Overview of Cuba’s mobile market
    • 10.2 Major mobile operators
      • 10.2.1 ETECSA
  • 11. Dominican Republic
    • 11.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s mobile market
    • 11.2 Major mobile operators
      • 11.2.1 Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
      • 11.2.2 Orange Dominicana
      • 11.2.3 Tricom
      • 11.2.4 VIVA (formerly Trilogy Dominicana)
  • 12. Ecuador
    • 12.1 Overview of Ecuador’s mobile market
    • 12.2 Major mobile operators
      • 12.2.1 Claro (Conecel)
      • 12.2.2 Movistar (Otecel)
      • 12.2.3 CNT
  • 13. El Salvador
    • 13.1 Overview of El Salvador’s mobile market
    • 13.2 Major mobile operators
      • 13.2.1 Tigo (Millicom)
      • 13.2.2 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 13.2.3 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles)
      • 13.2.4 Digicel
      • 13.2.5 RED (Intelfon)
  • 14. Guatemala
    • 14.1 Overview of Guatemala’s mobile market
    • 14.2 Major mobile operators
      • 14.2.1 Tigo (Millicom)
      • 14.2.2 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 14.2.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 14.2.4 RED (Intelfon)
  • 15. Guyana
    • 15.1 Overview of Guyana’s mobile market
    • 15.2 Major mobile operators
      • 15.2.1 Cellink (GT&T)
      • 15.2.2 Digicel Guyana
  • 16. Haiti
    • 16.1 Overview of Haiti’s mobile market
    • 16.2 Major mobile operators
      • 16.2.1 Digicel
      • 16.2.2 Comcel (Voilà)
      • 16.2.3 Haiti Telecommunications International (HaiTel)
      • 16.2.4 Natcom
      • 16.2.5 Rectel (Teleco)
    • 16.3 Mobile commerce
  • 17. Honduras
    • 17.1 Overview of the Honduran mobile market
    • 17.2 Major mobile operators
      • 17.2.1 Tigo/Celtel (Millicom)
      • 17.2.2 Claro/Sercom (América Móvil)
      • 17.2.3 Hondutel
      • 17.2.4 Digicel
  • 18. Jamaica
    • 18.1 Overview of the Jamaican Mobile Market
    • 18.2 Major mobile operators
      • 18.2.1 Digicel
      • 18.2.2 Claro
      • 18.2.3 LIME
    • 18.3 M-banking
  • 19. Mexico
    • 19.1 Overview of Mexico’s mobile market
    • 19.2 Major mobile operators
      • 19.2.1 Telcel
      • 19.2.2 Movistar
      • 19.2.3 Grupo Iusacell
      • 19.2.4 Nextel de México
      • 19.2.5 Mobile Virtual network operators
  • 20. Nicaragua
    • 20.1 Overview of Nicaragua’s mobile market
    • 20.2 Major mobile operators
      • 20.2.1 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 20.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
  • 21. Panama
    • 21.1 Overview of Panama’s mobile market
    • 21.2 Major mobile operators
      • 21.2.1 +Móvil (C&WP)
      • 21.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 21.2.3 Digicel Panamá
      • 21.2.4 Claro Panamá (América Móvil)
  • 22. Paraguay
    • 22.1 Overview of Paraguay’s mobile market
    • 22.2 Major mobile operators
      • 22.2.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
      • 22.2.2 Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)
      • 22.2.3 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 22.2.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
  • 23. Peru
    • 23.1 Overview of Peru’s mobile market
    • 23.2 Major mobile operators
      • 23.2.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
      • 23.2.2 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
      • 23.2.3 Mobile Perú (Entel)
      • 23.2.4 Viettel Peru
  • 24. Puerto Rico
    • 24.1 Overview of Puerto Rico’s mobile market
    • 24.2 Major mobile operators
      • 24.2.1 AT&T Mobility
      • 24.2.2 Claro (América Móvil)
      • 24.2.3 T-Mobile
      • 24.2.4 Sprint PCS
      • 24.2.5 Open Mobile
  • 25. Suriname
    • 25.1 Overview of Suriname’s mobile market
    • 25.2 Major mobile operators
      • 25.2.1 TeleG (Telesur)
      • 25.2.2 Digicel
      • 25.2.3 Uniqa
  • 26. Uruguay
    • 26.1 Overview of Uruguay’s mobile market
    • 26.2 Major mobile operators
      • 26.2.1 Antel
      • 26.2.2 Movistar
      • 26.2.3 Claro
  • 27. Venezuela
    • 27.1 Overview of Venezuela’s mobile market
    • 27.2 Major mobile operators
      • 27.2.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
      • 27.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
      • 27.2.3 Digitel
      • Table 1 – LAC’s major mobile operators – subscribers – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 2 – América Móvil – subscribers in the LAC region – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 3 – Telefónica – subscribers in the LAC region – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 4 – Telecom Italia – subscribers in the LAC region – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 5 – Millicom International Cellular – subscribers in the LAC region – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 6 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2013
      • Table 7 – Personal – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2014
      • Table 8 – Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 9 – Personal – mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 10 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2014
      • Table 11 – Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 12 – Movistar – mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 13 – Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 14 – Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 15 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2013
      • Table 16 – Entel – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 17 – Entel – 4G mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2013
      • Table 18 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2014
      • Table 19 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2002 - 2013
      • Table 20 – 3G/Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2014
      • Table 21 – 3G services (phone & broadband) – operators’ annual growth – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 22 – Vivo mobile revenue – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 23 – Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 24 – Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2007 (historical)
      • Table 25 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 26 – TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 27 – Claro mobile revenue – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 28 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 29 – Oi mobile revenue by sector – 2012 - 2013
      • Table 30 – Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 31 – Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
      • Table 32 – NII Holdings mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 33 – Nextel Brazil revenue – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 34 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 35 – Algar telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2013
      • Table 36 – Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 37 – Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 38 – Port Seguro M2M connections – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 39 – LIME financial data (Caribbean) – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 40 – LIME revenue by sector – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 41 – Digicel Group financial data – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 42 – Mobile operators’ market share– 2000 - 2013
      • Table 43 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 44 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 45 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 46 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 47 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 48 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 49 – Virgin Mobile – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 50 – Claro subscribers – 2001-2013
      • Table 51 – Movistar subscribers – 2001-2013
      • Table 52 – Tigo subscribers – 2003-2013
      • Table 53 – Tigo financial data – 2010-2013
      • Table 54 –Mobile revenue by service - 2011 - 2012
      • Table 55 – Orange Dominicana subscribers – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 56 – Orange Dominicana revenue – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 57 – Mobile operators’ market share – 1997 - 2014
      • Table 58 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2004
      • Table 59 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 60 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2004
      • Table 61 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2014
      • Table 62 – Movistar mobile financial data – 2012 - 2013
      • Table 63 – CNT – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2014
      • Table 64 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 1997 – 2014
      • Table 65 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2008
      • Table 66 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2008
      • Table 67 – Historic - Digicel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2008
      • Table 68 – Historic - RED – mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2008
      • Table 69 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 70 – Claro – mobile subscribers (historic) – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 71 – Movistar – Central American revenue – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 72 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 73 – GT&T mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2013
      • Table 74 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 75 – Tigo financial data – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 76 – Tigo mobile ARPU – 2009 - 2010
      • Table 77 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2013
      • Table 78 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 79 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 80 – Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 81 – Movistar subscribers and annual change – 2001 - 2014
      • Table 82 – Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 83 – Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 84 – Iusacell subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2010
      • Table 85 – Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) – 2000 - 2007
      • Table 86 – Historic - Claro mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2008
      • Table 87 – Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers – 2000 – 2008
      • Table 88 – C&W – mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2014
      • Table 89 – Tigo - mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 90 – Personal - mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 91 – Personal – handset sales – 2011 - 2013
      • Table 92 – Personal mobile revenue – 2011 - 2014
      • Table 93 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2014
      • Table 94 – Claro Peru mobile revenue – 2009 - 2014
      • Table 95 – Claro Peru – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2014
      • Table 96 – Mobile Peru subscribers – 2001 - 2014
      • Table 97 – Mobile Peru subscribers by type – 2013 – 2014
      • Table 98 – Antel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2013
      • Table 99 – Movistar – mobile subscribers -–2002 - 2013
      • Table 100 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2013
      • Table 101 – Market share of mobile operators – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 102 – Movilnet – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 103 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2013
      • Chart 1 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2014
      • Chart 2 – LIME revenue by sector – 2010 – 2013
      • Chart 3 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2014
      • Chart 4 – Tigo – mobile subscribers – 2000 – 2013
      • Chart 5 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2014
      • Chart 6 – Movistar subscribers and annual change – 2001 – 2014
      • Chart 7 – Movistar financial data – 2008 – 2014
      • Chart 8 – Iusacell subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2010
      • Exhibit 1 – Claro at a glance
      • Exhibit 2 – Telecom Personal at a glance
      • Exhibit 3 – Movistar at a glance
      • Exhibit 4 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
      • Exhibit 5 – Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
      • Exhibit 6 – Vivo – concessions
      • Exhibit 7 – The uneasy marriage between Telefónica and Portugal Telecom (historical)
      • Exhibit 8 – TIM Brasil at a glance
      • Exhibit 9 – TIM Brasil – concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
      • Exhibit 10 – Claro Brasil at a glance
      • Exhibit 11 – Claro – concessions
      • Exhibit 12 – Oi (TNL PCS) at a glance
      • Exhibit 13 – Oi – concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M
      • Exhibit 14 – Digicel’s Caribbean operations
      • Exhibit 15 – Entel PCS at a glance
      • Exhibit 16 – Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
      • Exhibit 17 – Claro Chile at a glance
      • Exhibit 18 – Comcel (trading as Claro) at a glance
      • Exhibit 19 – Movistar at a glance
      • Exhibit 20 – Tigo at a glance
      • Exhibit 21 – Tigo/Telemóvil – company history
      • Exhibit 22 – BellSouth Guatemala – history
      • Exhibit 23 – Aló PCS – history
      • Exhibit 24 – Enitel Movil – history
      • Exhibit 25 – Movistar – history
      • Exhibit 26 – BellSouth Panama/Telefónica Móviles Panamá – history
      • Exhibit 27 – Telefónica Móviles Perú at a glance
      • Exhibit 28 – Claro Perú at a glance
      • Exhibit 29 – Mobile Perú at a glance
      • Exhibit 30 – Movilnet at a glance
      • Exhibit 31 – Movistar at a glance
      • Exhibit 32 – Digitel at a glance

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