Honduras - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Honduras’s mobile subscribers base weakens into 2018

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 5.2%, 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. 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. 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. 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:

  • 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;
  • Tigo rebrands broadband and pay-TV business as ‘Tigo Star’;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to March 2018, telcos’ operational data updates to Q2 2018, 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. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum auctions
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 4G (LTE)
      • 9.4.2 3G
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Tigo Honduras
      • 9.5.2 Claro Honduras
      • 9.5.3 Hondutel Movil
      • 9.5.4 Digicel
    • 9.6 Mobile applications
      • 9.6.1 M-money
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Honduras – 2018 (e)
  • 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 – Historic - Market share of fixed lines by operator – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 7 – Hondutel revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Hondutel net profit – 2005 – 2015; 2016 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Telecom sector revenue – 2011- 2014
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service by operator – 1996 - 2011
  • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines in service – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 12 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 13 – International bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 14 – International bandwidth per user – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Internet household penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 20 – DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2015- 2016
  • Table 24 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Blended mobile ARPU – 2012- 2015
  • Table 26 –Mobile voice traffic – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 27 –Mobile messaging traffic – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 29 – Tigo mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Tigo mobile revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 32 – 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 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – 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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