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

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Mexico’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- September 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Mexico’s wholesale 700MHz network gains infrastructure sharing

With a population of around 122 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 18%, Mexico’s fixed-line telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex, which retains about two thirds of subscribers, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. The regulator determined that Telmex’s dominance warranted further regulation in certain sectors. A telecom reform law passed in mid-2013 set up a new regulator and has since enforced measures aimed at removing barriers to foreign investment and at reducing the market share of the dominant operators. These reforms will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive.

The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in the overall telecoms market. Although it suffers from a lack of competition, with Telmex still accounting for the lion’s share of subscribers, reform measures are aimed at reducing this to below 50%. 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.

The mobile market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel. AT&T Mexico now has a 12% market share while the nascent MVNO sector is slowly making gains.

The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum. Multi-spectrum auctions are expected to be held by the end of 2017, which will go far in enabling operators to improve the quality of their mobile data offerings. These auctions include 130MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

In January 2017 the ALTAN consortium was contracted to manage a wholesale mobile network for 20 years, aimed at delivering mobile voice and data to underserved areas. The network is to be made available for use from March 2018, and will in part be based on an infrastructure sharing agreement with Telcel signed in mid-2017.

This report provides statistics and analyses on Mexico’s fixed-line market, as well as an overview of regulatory developments. In addition the report covers the broadband sector, accompanied by relevant statistical data and subscriber forecasts to 2022. The mobile sector is also assessed, including a range statistical data, subscriber forecasts and a review of the ongoing migration from 3G to LTE networks.

Key developments:

  • Telecomm-Telégrafos issues tender guidelines for contract to build a 25,000km wholesale access network;
  • Regulator rules that América Móvil must functionally separate its fixed-line retail and wholesale operations;
  • Supreme Court overturns 2014 ban on Telcel being able to charge rivals for interconnection;
  • ALTRAN signs infrastructure sharing deal with Telcel to develop its 700MHz wholesale network;
  • Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas;
  • Regulator issues plan for auction of 2.5GHz spectrum in late 2017;
  • More MVNOs licensed, improving market competition;
  • Movistar to invest MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018;
  • Government reduces investment in state-owned shared mobile network from $10 billion to $7 billion;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data report to March 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2017, market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

América Móvil (Telcel, Telmex), AT&T Mexico, Teléfonos de México (Telmex), Axtel, Alestra, Maxcom, Marcatel, Megacable, Cablemás, Cablevisión, Grupo Televisa, Sistemas Interactivos de Telecomunicaciones (SIT), Megafón, InterCable, CFE, AT&T Mexico (Iusacell, Nextel Mexico), Movistar (Telefónica Mexico), Globalstar, Unefón, Virgin Mobile, Weex.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
    • 2.2 Market analysis
    • 2.3 Telecoms reform
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Regulatory authorities
    • 3.2 Privatisation
    • 3.3 Deregulation
    • 3.4 Foreign investment rules
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Telmex/América Móvil
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 5.2 National network infrastructure developments
    • 5.3 Smart infrastructure
      • 5.3.1 Smart grid technology
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Government support
      • 6.1.3 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.4 Access
      • 6.1.5 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 6.2.1 Megacable
      • 6.2.2 Cablemás
      • 6.2.3 Cablevisión
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Wi-Fi
      • 6.5.2 WiMAX
      • 6.5.3 Internet via satellite
      • 6.5.4 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. Mobile communications
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
      • 8.2.1 General statistics
      • 8.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 8.2.3 Mobile data
      • 8.2.4 Mobile broadband
      • 8.2.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 8.3 Regulatory issues
      • 8.3.1 Regulatory authorities
      • 8.3.2 Spectrum auctions
      • 8.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 8.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 8.3.5 Roaming
      • 8.3.6 Telecom legislative reform
    • 8.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 8.4.1 Digital networks
      • 8.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 8.5 Major mobile operators
      • 8.5.1 Telcel
      • 8.5.2 Movistar
      • 8.5.3 AT&T Mexico
      • 8.5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 8.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 8.6.1 M-payment services
      • 8.6.2 M-banking
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and annual growth – 2017 (Q1)
      • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 8 – Telecom sector employment – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 9 – Fixed-line traffic – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 10 – Average fixed-line traffic per line– 2014 - 2017
      • Table 11 – Market share of fixed line traffic by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 12 – Telecom sector contribution to GDP – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 13 – Fixed-line and mobile investment – 2013- 2016
      • Table 14 – Telecom revenue and annual growth – 1998 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Fixed-line and mobile sector revenue – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Foreign investment in telecoms – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Market share of fixed lines by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Telmex fixed-line RGUs – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 21 – Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 22 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 23 – Historic - Length of fibre backbone network – 2001- 2012
      • Table 24 – Proportion of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 25 – Internet users and annual change - 2000 – 2018
      • Table 26 – Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2012
      • Table 27 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 28 – Market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 30 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 31 – Cable modem broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2017
      • Table 32 – Megacable cable modem subscribers – 2001 – 2017
      • Table 33 – Megacable ARPU – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 35 – Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2017
      • Table 36 – Historic - Cablemás financial data – 2012 – 2014
      • Table 37 – Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers – 2002 – 2017
      • Table 38 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2017
      • Table 39 - Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2017
      • Table 40 – FttP broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
      • Table 41 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
      • Table 42 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2017
      • Table 43 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 44 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 45 – Market share of cable TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 46 – Historical - Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 47 – Cable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 48 – Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 49 – Axtel subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 50 – Historical - Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 51 – Satellite TV subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 52 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 53 – Satellite TV revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 54 – Televisa video subscribers by platform (pre-merger) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 55 – Grupo Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 56 – Grupo Televisa financial data – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 57 – Pay TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2016
      • Table 58 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 59 – Mobile market share by major operator – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Mobile market revenue – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 61 – Mobile market investment ($) – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 62 – Mobile market investment (MXN) – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 63 – Prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 64 – Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 65 – Historic - Mobile traffic – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 66 – Mobile traffic – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 67 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 68 – SMS messages per subscriber – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 69 – Proportion of mobile data traffic by network technology – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 70 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 71 – Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 72 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 73 – Mobile number portings – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 74 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2017
      • Table 75 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 76 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 77 – Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 78 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 79 – Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 80 – Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 81 – AT&T Mexico financial data – 2015 – 2017
      • Table 82 – AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2017
      • Table 83 – Iusacell financial data (historic) – 2012 – 2013
      • Table 84 – Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) – 2000 - 2007
      • Table 85 – Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Chart 1 – Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 – 2017
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 3 – Proportion of broadband accesses by platform – 2014 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 – 2017
      • Chart 6 – Grupo Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 – 2017
      • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2018
      • Chart 8 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2017
      • Chart 9 – Movistar financial data – 2008 – 2017

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