2015 Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure

Publication Overview

This report covers developments in the mobile infrastructure in Latin America and parts of the Caribbean. The countries covered in this report include: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean countries, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

For information on Latin American Mobile Operators see separate report:- Latin America - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- September 2015 (1st Edition)

Executive Summary

Latin American market set for LTE investment into 2016

In common with other regional areas globally, mobile network operators in Latin America are gearing up for further investment in network infrastructure into 2016 as customer demand for mobile data reaches new heights. Investment has been dominated by the major regional carriers, which include América Móvil, Telefónica, Millicom, and, in the Caribbean, Digicel.

Much of this demand has been spurred by consumer adoption of OTT video services across the region, and the growing preference for viewing content on smartphones equipped with larger screens. Data traffic initiated by SVoD services is placing considerable strain on network capacity, obliging MNOs to invest in network upgrades with new technologies including LTE-Advanced. The ability of MNOs to adopt carrier aggregation technologies has been made possible by the release of spectrum in a range of bands, which are generally technology neutral. Much spectrum has been made available in the 700MHz band, released following the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting which has progressed into 2015.

Operators are also encouraged to invest in expanding their networks to provide access to services to a greater proportion of the population. This entails reaching some of those rural areas which have hitherto been deemed uncommercial and so left underserved. Operators are supported by regulatory measures which have encouraged network sharing, and by government programs which have subsidised network build in some areas as part of national broadband strategies aimed at developing universal access to services.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Argentina
    • 1.1 Overview
    • 1.2 Digital networks
      • 1.2.1 Third Generation (3G; UMTS)
      • 1.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 1.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 1.3.1 Mobile satellite
  • 2. Belize
    • 2.1 Overview of Belize’s mobile market
  • 3. Bolivia
    • 3.1 Overview of Bolivia’s mobile market
    • 3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS) and mobile broadband
    • 3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 4. Brazil
    • 4.1 Overview of Brazil’s mobile market
    • 4.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 4.3 Analogue networks
    • 4.4 Digital networks
      • 4.4.1 GSM
      • 4.4.2 3G
      • 4.4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 4.5 Other infrastructure developments
      • 4.5.1 Femtocells
      • 4.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 4.6 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 5. Caribbean Countries
    • 5.1 Overview of mobile markets in the Caribbean
    • 5.2 Satellite mobile
  • 6. Chile
    • 6.1 Overview of Chile’s mobile market
    • 6.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 6.3 Second Generation (2G) mobile
    • 6.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 6.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 7. Colombia
    • 7.1 Overview of Colombia’s mobile market
    • 7.2 Digital networks
      • 7.2.1 GSM
      • 7.2.2 3G/UMTS
      • 7.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 7.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 7.3.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
      • 7.3.2 Satellite mobile
  • 8. Costa Rica
    • 8.1 Market analysis – latest developments
    • 8.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 8.3 Digital networks
      • 8.3.1 Third Generation (3G)
      • 8.3.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 9. Cuba
    • 9.1 Overview of Cuba’s mobile market
  • 10. Dominican Republic
    • 10.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s mobile phone market
    • 10.2 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
    • 10.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
    • 10.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 11. Ecuador
    • 11.1 Overview of Ecuador’s mobile market
    • 11.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 11.3 Second Generation (2G) mobile – GSM/CDMA
    • 11.4 Third generation (3G) mobile – UMTS/HSPA
    • 11.5 Fourth generation (4G) mobile - LTE
    • 11.6 Satellite mobile services
  • 12. El Salvador
    • 12.1 Market analysis – latest developments
    • 12.2 Digital networks
      • 12.2.1 Third generation (3G)
      • 12.2.2 Mobile satellite
  • 13. Guatemala
    • 13.1 Market analysis - 2015
    • 13.2 Analogue networks
    • 13.3 Digital networks
      • 13.3.1 Third generation (3G) mobile
      • 13.3.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 13.4 Other infrastructure developments
      • 13.4.1 Mobile satellite
  • 14. Guyana
    • 14.1 Overview of Guyana’s mobile market
    • 14.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 14.3 Satellite mobile
  • 15. Haiti
    • 15.1 Overview of Haiti’s mobile market
  • 16. Honduras
    • 16.1 Overview of the Honduran mobile market
    • 16.2 Third generation (3G) mobile
    • 16.3 Fourth generation (4G) mobile
    • 16.4 LTE
  • 17. Jamaica
    • 17.1 Overview
    • 17.2 700MHz auction
    • 17.3 1710MHz and 2200MHz
  • 18. Mexico
    • 18.1 Market analysis
    • 18.2 Digital networks
      • 18.2.1 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 18.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 18.3.1 Open networks
      • 18.3.2 Satellite mobile
      • 18.3.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
  • 19. Nicaragua
    • 19.1 Overview of Nicaragua’s mobile market
    • 19.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 19.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
    • 19.4 Spectrum auctions
    • 19.5 Mobile satellite
  • 20. Panama
    • 20.1 Overview of Panama’s mobile market
    • 20.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 20.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS)
    • 20.4 HSPA+
    • 20.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 20.6 Satellite broadband
  • 21. Paraguay
    • 21.1 Overview of Paraguay’s mobile market
    • 21.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 21.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
    • 21.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 21.5 Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz
    • 21.6 Mobile satellite
  • 22. Peru
    • 22.1 Market analysis
    • 22.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 22.3 Digital networks
      • 22.3.1 Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
      • 22.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
      • 22.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 22.4 Other infrastructure developments
      • 22.4.1 Mobile satellite
  • 23. Puerto Rico
    • 23.1 Overview of Puerto Rico’s mobile market
    • 23.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 24. Suriname
    • 24.1 Overview of Suriname’s mobile market
    • 24.2 Infrastructure overview
  • 25. Uruguay
    • 25.1 Overview of Uruguay’s mobile market
    • 25.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 25.3 Third generation mobile
    • 25.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 26. Venezuela
    • 26.1 Overview of Venezuela’s mobile market
    • 26.2 Infrastructure overview
    • 26.3 CDMA
    • 26.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 26.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 26.6 Mobile satellite
    • Table 1 – Brazil – Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2015
    • Table 2 – Brazil – GSM subscribers – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 3 – Brazil – 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 4 – Brazil – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 5 – Brazil – LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 6 – Brazil – LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 7 – Brazil – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 8 – Brazil – M2M terminals (standard) – 2008 – 2015
    • Table 9 – Chile – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 10 – Chile – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2014
    • Table 11 – Chile – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2013
    • Table 12 – Chile – Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers, market share – 2006 - 2013
    • Table 13 – Chile – 4G subscribers – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 14 – Colombia – 3G subscribers – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 15 – Colombia – LTE subscribers – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 16 – Costa Rica – Number of authorised telecom service operators – 2011 - 2014
    • Table 17 – Costa Rica – Telecom sector revenue – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 18 – Costa Rica – Revenue by sector – 2011 - 2014
    • Table 19 – Costa Rica – Revenue market share by sector – 2011 - 2014
    • Table 20 – Ecuador – Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 - 2014
    • Table 21 – Ecuador – GSM subscribers – 2003 - 2015
    • Table 22 – Ecuador – 3G subscribers – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 23 – Ecuador – HSPA+ subscribers – 2012 - 2015
    • Exhibit 1 – Brazil – 3G network launches by operator – 2007 - 2008
    • Exhibit 2 – Honduras – Spectrum band allocations for LTE - 2013
    • Exhibit 3 – Honduras – Spectrum auction awards – October 2013

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