Honduras - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Honduras’s incumbent telco Hondutel has net profit fall into 2017

Among the poorest countries in Central America, Honduras has long been plagued by an unstable political framework which has rendered telecom sector reform difficult. This has created real difficulties for telcos as well as consumers. Fixed-line teledensity, at only 5.2%, is significantly lower than the Latin American and Caribbean average. Poor fixed-line infrastructure has been exacerbated by low investment and topographical difficulties which have made investment in rural areas unattractive or uneconomical. As a consequence, the internet has been slow to develop in Honduras: DSL and cable modem technologies are available but are relatively expensive and thus take-up has been low thus far. Higher speed services are largely restricted to the major urban centres. Nevertheless, the demand for broadband is steadily increasing and there are been some investment in network upgrades to fibre-based infrastructure, though this is restricted to the main cities. Poor fixed-line connectivity has also inhibited the take-up of videostreaming services.

On the positive side, these factors have encouraged consumer take-up of mobile services, a sector where there is lively competition supported by international investment. As a result, mobile penetration is about 20% above the regional average. Revenue growth from the mobile sector looks promising in coming years as operators invest in their networks, expand their reach and upgrade their capabilities to accommodate mobile broadband services. Mobile data as a proportion of overall mobile revenue has increased steadily, though low-end SMS services will continue to account for the bulk of data revenue for some years.

Political developments during the last few years have not facilitated the much-needed reform of legislation governing the telecoms sector. Partly this is due to political stalemate and ineffective legislators, but underlying the difficulties are the close ties between executives at the incumbent Hondutel and key members of the government.

Market penetration rates in Honduras’s telecoms sector – 2016 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 5.2%
Fixed broadband 2.1%
Mobile SIM (population) 90%

Key developments:

  • Hondutel reports fall in net profit for Q1 2017;
  • Regulator preps for multi-spectrum auction aimed at attracting a fourth mobile player;
  • Claro and Tigo extend LTE services;
  • Universal Access program providing free internet services to 3,445 public schools;
  • Tigo Money mobile cash transfer service signs up more than one million users;
  • Tigo launches satellite service;
  • Spectrum auction encourages mobile broadband services take-up;
  • Tigo rebrands broadband and pay-TV business as ‘Tigo Star’;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q3 2016, telcos’ operational data updates to Q1 2017, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Hondutel, Comunitel, MultiData, Millicom (Tigo), Digicel, América Móvil (Claro).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
    • 5.2 Privatisation
    • 5.3 DR-CAFTA
    • 5.4 Foreign investment
    • 5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.6 ‘Telephony For All’ program
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Hondutel
    • 6.2 Tele+ (Comunitel)
    • 6.3 MultiData
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries
      • 7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.3 Satellite networks
    • 7.3 Infrastructure developments
      • 7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • 7.4 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
      • 8.2.1 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 8.3 Major ISPs and broadband players
    • 8.4 Community Telecentres
  • 9. Digital Media
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 Cable TV
    • 9.3 Satellite TV
    • 9.4 Digital terrestrial TV
    • 9.5 Communications: IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 Mobile voice
      • 10.2.2 Mobile data
      • 10.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 10.3 Regulatory issues
      • 10.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 10.3.2 Spectrum auctions
    • 10.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 10.4.1 Digital networks
      • 10.4.2 Third generation (3G) mobile
      • 10.4.3 LTE
    • 10.5 Major mobile operators
      • 10.5.1 Tigo Honduras
      • 10.5.2 Claro Honduras
      • 10.5.3 Hondutel Movil
      • 10.5.4 Digicel
    • 10.6 Mobile applications
      • 10.6.1 M-money
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Honduras – 2016 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Evolution of GDP in Honduras – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Telecom sector revenue – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Tax revenue from telecom services – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed line terminating traffic – 2001 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Fixed line originating traffic – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 11 – Historic - Market share of fixed lines by operator – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 12 – Hondutel revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Hondutel net profit – 2005 – 2015; 2016 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Telecom sector revenue – 2011- 2014
  • Table 15 – Historic - Fixed lines in service by operator – 1996 - 2011
  • Table 16 – Historic - Fixed lines in service – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 18 – International bandwidth – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 19 – International bandwidth per user – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Internet household penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 22 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Penetration of pay TV subscribers by regional country – 2016
  • Table 26 – Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 27 – Cable TV revenue – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 28 – Cable TV subscribers by district– 2015
  • Table 29 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 30 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2015- 2016
  • Table 32 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Blended mobile ARPU – 2012- 2015
  • Table 34 –Mobile voice traffic – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 35 –Mobile messaging traffic – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 36 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Tigo mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Tigo mobile revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 40 – Tigo Money users – 2014 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable networks connecting Honduras
  • Exhibit 2 – Spectrum band allocations for LTE - 2013
  • Exhibit 3 – Spectrum auction awards – October 2013

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