Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Ecuador’s MVNO market showing promise

In common with a number of other mid-sized countries in the region, Ecuador has a small telecom market influenced by poor fixed-line infrastructure. This has resulted in low fixed-line teledensity and a consequent focus on mobile infrastructure for voice and data 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 dominates the fixed-line market, and thus also the DSL broadband market.

The mobile sector is virtually a duopoly between América Móvil’s Conecel (trading as Claro) and Telefónica’s Otecel (trading as Movistar), with CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) having a small share of the market. Thus far the MVNO sector has been slow to develop, with only the incumbent operators having their low-cost brands. However, by the end of 2017 it is expected that Virgin Mobile will have launched its service in Ecuador, following on from similar launches in neighbouring countries.

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 ten cities; Tribemobile Ecuador Tribemosa expected to launch services as an MVNO by end-2017; Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator; CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network; government promotes its National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017 for socio-economic development; ASO completion delayed to mid-2018; report update includes the regulator’s market data to August 2017, telcos’ operating data, 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, Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, DirecTV, TVCable, Univisa.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
    • 4.3 National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Interconnect
    • 5.4 Anti-Monopoly Law of 2011
    • 5.5 Telecommunications Law - 2013
    • 5.6 Telecommunications Law – 2015
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 CNT
    • 6.3 Etapa
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Wholesale
  • 9. Smart infrastructure
    • 9.1 Smart grids
  • 10. Fixed broadband
    • 10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 10.2 National Broadband Plan
    • 10.3 Government support
    • 10.4 Market analysis
    • 10.5 Broadband statistics
    • 10.6 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 10.7 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 10.8 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 10.9 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 10.10 Other fixed broadband services
      • 10.10.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • 11. Mobile communications
    • 11.1 Market analysis
    • 11.2 Mobile statistics
      • 11.2.1 General statistics
      • 11.2.2 Mobile data
      • 11.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 11.3 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 11.4 Regulatory issues
      • 11.4.1 Mobile licence renewals
      • 11.4.2 SIM card registration
      • 11.4.3 Infrastructure sharing
      • 11.4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 11.4.5 Quality of Service (QoS) measures
      • 11.4.6 LTE licenses – 2015
    • 11.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 11.5.1 Digital networks
      • 11.5.2 3G
      • 11.5.3 LTE
    • 11.6 Major mobile operators
      • 11.6.1 Claro (Conecel)
      • 11.6.2 Movistar (Otecel)
      • 11.6.3 CNT
    • 11.7 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
    • 11.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 11.8.1 M-banking
      • 11.8.2 Satellite mobile services
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Ecuador – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Ecuador – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed and mobile market share - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Revenue from telecom services – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 12 – CNT – lines in service – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Etapa – lines in service – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 15 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Revenue from fixed telephony services – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 17 – International bandwidth – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Registered cybercafés – 2008- 2016
  • Table 19 – Registered ISPs – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Historic – Fixed internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 21 – Fixed internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Fixed internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Fixed internet market share of subscribers – major operators - 2008 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 25 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 26 – DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 27 – FttP subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 29 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Revenue from mobile telephony services – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 33 – SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 38 – Base stations by operator - 2013 – 2017
  • Table 39 – Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 41 – GSM subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 42 – 3G subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 43 – HSPA+ subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 44 – LTE subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 45 – LTE subscribers by operator– 2014 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1997 - 2004
  • Table 47 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 49 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 50 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 51 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 52 – CNT – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Fixed internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Mobile market evolution at a glance – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 5 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2005 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Ecuador

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