Honduras - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

MIC calls off talks with Liberty Global for Tigo Honduras merger

Honduras is among the poorest countries in Central America and 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 5.9%, 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. Consequently, the internet has been slow to develop: DSL and cable modem technologies are available but are relatively expensive and thus take-up has been low thus far, while 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.

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. Even so, mobile penetration is substantially below 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.

Key Developments:

  • MIC ends talks to merge Central American units with Liberty Latin America;
  • 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 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;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' operational data updates to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
  • 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

    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation
    • DR-CAFTA
    • Foreign investment
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • ‘Telephony For All’ program
  • Fixed network operators

    • Hondutel
    • Tele+ (Comunitel)
    • MultiData
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Interconnection with other Central American countries
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Infrastructure developments
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband statistics
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Major ISPs and broadband players
    • Community Telecentres
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Spectrum auctions
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • Major mobile operators
      • Tigo Honduras
      • Claro Honduras
      • Hondutel Movil
      • Digicel
    • Mobile applications
      • M-money
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Honduras – 2018
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Honduras – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telecom sector revenue – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 4 – Tax revenue from telecom services – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Fixed line national traffic – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Hondutel revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Hondutel net profit – 2005 – 2015; 2016 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue – 2011- 2014
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service by operator – 1996 – 2011
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 12 – International bandwidth – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 13 – International bandwidth per user – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 14 – Internet household penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 18 – DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2015- 2018
  • Table 22 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Blended mobile ARPU – 2012- 2015
  • Table 24 –Mobile voice traffic – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 25 –Mobile messaging traffic – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Tigo mobile subscribers – 2000 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Tigo financial data – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Tigo Money users – 2014 – 2015

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 line national traffic – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Tigo financial data – 2015 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 – Major submarine cable networks connecting Honduras
  • Exhibit 5 – Spectrum band allocations for LTE – 2013
  • Exhibit 6 – Spectrum auction awards – October 2013

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