Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Ecuador’s government seeks administrator for CNT

In common with a number of other mid-sized countries in the region, Ecuador has a small telecom market dominated by the mobile sector. The evolution of the market has been influenced by the poor fixed-line infrastructure, which has stymied the development of fixed-line broadband services. To some extent poor infrastructure has been the result of topographical challenges which have rendered the cost of deploying networks to n remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

Although Ecuador has seven fixed-line operators and a large number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the state-owned incumbent CNT leads the fixed-line market, and thus also the DSL broadband market.

The mobile sector is shared by América Móvil’s Conecel (trading as Claro), which has a 52.5% share of the market by subscribers, Telefónica’s Otecel (trading as Movistar) with about 30% of the market, and CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) with a share of 17.6% share. Thus far the MVNO sector has been slow to develop, partly because the incumbent operators also have their low-cost brands and thus there is little business case for new market entrants. Virgin Mobile is expected to launch a service in Ecuador, following on from similar launches in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

The government is keen to advance universalisation and improve teledensity, and it is expected that CNT will continue its efforts to expand the country’s fixed-line infrastructure and capitalise on its DSL service, which only took off in 2009. At the same time, a national broadband plan has been implemented to expand and improve internet access for all Ecuadoreans. The fixed broadband market – including DSL, cable modem and fibre-based services – should continue to grow strongly in coming years, with an anticipated focus on fibre as networks are built out from the more densely populated urban areas. The mobile broadband market is also expected to grow strongly as network operators expand the reach of their LTE services.

A new Telecom Law has been the subject of national and international controversy, particularly for its treatment of broadcasting. The most controversial points include the redistribution of spectrum and the creation of a regulatory authority in charge of censorship.

Key developments:

  • Movistar extends LTE service to 19 cities, launches VoLTE;
  • Tribemobile Ecuador launches as an MVNO;
  • Telefónica Group retains its Ecuador unit while selling other Latin American businesses;
  • Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator;
  • CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network;
  • Government promotes its National Plan for Good Living for socio-economic development;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2018, telcos’ operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, EmpresaEléctrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, TVCable, Univisa.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
    • National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison

    • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Top-tier – Market Leaders
      • Middle-tier – Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier – Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Interconnect
    • Anti-Monopoly Law of 2011
    • Telecommunications Law – 2013
    • Telecommunications Law – 2015
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • CNT
    • Etapa
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Fixed-line statistics
    • International infrastructure
    • Wholesale
    • Smart infrastructure
      • Smart grids
  • Fixed broadband

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • National Broadband Plan
    • Government support
    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Regulatory issues
      • Mobile licence renewals
      • SIM card registration
      • Infrastructure sharing
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Quality of Service (QoS) measures
      • LTE licenses – 2015
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • GSM/CDMA
      • 3G
      • LTE
    • Major mobile operators
      • Claro (Conecel)
      • Movistar (Otecel)
      • CNT
    • Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
    • Mobile content and applications
      • M-banking
      • Satellite mobile services
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Ecuador – 2018
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Ecuador – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Fixed and mobile market share - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Revenue from telecom services – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2001 – 2019
  • Table 7 – CNT – lines in service – 2001 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Etapa – lines in service – 2001 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Revenue from fixed telephony services – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 12 – International bandwidth – 2002 – 2016
  • Table 13 – Historic – Fixed internet users and penetration – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 14 – Fixed internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Fixed and mobile internet subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Fixed internet market share of subscribers – major operators - 2008 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 19 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 20 – DSL subscribers – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 21 – FttP subscribers – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Revenue from mobile telephony services – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 27 – SMS traffic – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 28 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2014 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 32 – Base stations by operator - 2013 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 36 – LTE subscribers by operator– 2014 – 2018
  • Table 37 – LTE Base stations by operator - 2013 – 2017
  • Table 38 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 39 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Historic - Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 41 – Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 42 – Claro Ecuador financial data – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Claro Ecuador revenue by type – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 44 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 45 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 46 – CNT – mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Latin America –Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 2 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 3 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 4 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 5 – South America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 6 – Central America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 7 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 8 – Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Fixed and mobile internet subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Mobile market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 17 – Mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 18 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2010 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Ecuador
  • Exhibit 2 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 – South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 – Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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