Mexico - Broadband and Digital Media Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in Mexico’s telecoms market. Although it suffers from a lack of competition, with the dominant player Telmex still accounting for the lion’s share of subscribers, legislation introduced in 2014 is aimed at reducing the operator’s share to below 50%. The same is true for its sister company Telcel in the mobile sector. The pay TV sector is similarly concentrated, with Grupo Televisa the dominant player in the cable TV sector as also in the satellite TV sector, where it is a major shareholder in Sky Mexico.

Despite market concentration there are significant changes under way. The main cable TV providers, Megacable and Grupo Televisa (which incorporates Cablemás and Cablevisión, among other regional players), are broadening their bundled services offerings to include cable TV, broadband and telephony, and as a result their subscriber bases have grown steadily in recent years. In addition, the entry of AT&T to the mobile market, following its acquisitions of Nextel and Iusacell, has enabled the company to build up its service offerings. On a larger scale the company is developing a regional market incorporating Mexico and the US, relying on scale to improve its competitive clout. There remains significant scope for further market development given that the country’s broadband penetration is relatively low, while consumer prices remain high.

This report provides an overview of Mexico’s broadband and internet market, accompanied by relevant statistical data and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Mexico’s first local Internet Exchange Point opens in Mexico City; cable operators report lower churn resulting from customer take-up of bundles; further substantial WiMAX investments made; Hughes delivers national satellite broadband network; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to March 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telmex, Megacable, Cablemás, Cablevisión, Grupo Televisa, Maxcom, Sistemas Interactivos de Telecomunicaciones (SIT), Axtel, Megafón, InterCable, CFE.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Government support
      • 2.2.1 Municipal broadband
    • 2.3 Broadband statistics
    • 2.4 Access
    • 2.5 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 Megacable
    • 3.2 Cablemás
    • 3.3 Cablevisión
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Wi-Fi
    • 6.2 WiMAX
    • 6.3 Internet via satellite
    • 6.4 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Bundled services
    • 7.3 Cable TV (CATV)
    • 7.4 Videostreaming
    • 7.5 Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV
      • 7.6 Pay TV statistics
      • 7.7 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
    • 8. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Proportion of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 2 – Internet users and annual change - 2000 – 2018
    • Table 3 – Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2012
    • Table 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 5 – Market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 6 – Market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 7 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 8 – Cable modem broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2017
    • Table 9 – Megacable cable modem subscribers – 2001 – 2017
    • Table 10 – Megacable ARPU – 2007 - 2017
    • Table 11 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 12 – Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2017
    • Table 13 – Historic - Cablemás financial data – 2012 – 2014
    • Table 14 – Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers – 2002 – 2017
    • Table 15 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2017
    • Table 16 - Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2017
    • Table 17 – FttP broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
    • Table 18 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
    • Table 19 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
    • Table 20 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 21 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Market share of cable TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 23 – Historical - Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 24 – Cable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 25 – Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 26 – Axtel subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 27 – Historical - Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 28 – Satellite TV subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 29 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 30 – Satellite TV revenue – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 31 – Televisa video subscribers by platform (pre-merger) – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 32 – Grupo Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 33 – Grupo Televisa financial data – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 34 – Pay TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Proportion of broadband accesses by platform – 2014 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
    • Chart 3 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 – 2017
    • Chart 4 – Grupo Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 – 2017

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Last updated 24 Aug 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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