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;
  • 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:- February 2017 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

Mexico contracts Altan to operate wholesale mobile network

With a population of around 121 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 18% Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant potential for growth over the next few years. The fixed-line market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex, with about 62% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. However, telecom reform laws passed in recent years will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive.

The mobile market is undergoing considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel, the entry of AT&T Mexico following its acquisition of Nextel Mexico and Iusacell, and the greater competitive role being played by MVNOs. Telcel still accounts for about 66% of the market by subscribers, though it is in the process of selling assets to reduce its share to below 50%. The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum. 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. Separately, the regulator February 2017 published a plan to auction up to 130MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band later in the year, geared to improving mobile broadband services.

The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in Mexico’s telecoms market, although it suffers from a lack of competition to the dominant player Telmex, which still accounts for the lion’s share of subscribers. 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.

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 mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts to 2021, as well as an assessment of the broadband and internet markets, including technology developments and the migration to fibre infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • América Móvil secures an additional 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band from Grupo MVS;
  • Movistar signs national roaming deal with Telcel;
  • Telcel and AT&T Mexico secure AWS spectrum licences at auction;
  • Regulator issues plan for auction of 2.5GHz spectrum expected in Q3 2017;
  • Altan consortium selected to operate the nationwide wholesale mobile network using 700MHz band spectrum;
  • Movistar to invest MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data report to June 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2016, market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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 – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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 Utilities broadband
  • 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 - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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 – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and annual growth – 2015 (e)
      • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 8 – Telecom sector employment – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 9 – Fixed-line traffic – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 10 – Average fixed-line traffic per line– 2014 - 2016
      • Table 11 – Market share of fixed line traffic by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 12 – Telecom sector contribution to GDP – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Fixed-line and mobile investment – 2013- 2015
      • Table 14 – Fixed-line telecom revenue and annual growth – 1998 - 2016
      • Table 15 – Market share of fixed lines by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 16 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Length of fibre backbone network – 2001- 2012
      • Table 21 – Smart grid technology market revenue – 2012- 2020
      • Table 22 – Proportion of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 23 – Proportion of residential broadband accesses by platform – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 24 – Internet users and annual change - 2000 – 2016
      • Table 25 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2015
      • Table 26 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 28 – Market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 29 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 30 – Cable modem broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2016
      • Table 31 – Megacable cable modem subscribers – 2001 – 2016
      • Table 32 – Megacable ARPU – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 33 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 34 – Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2016
      • Table 35 – Cablemás financial data – 2012 – 2014
      • Table 36 – Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2016
      • Table 37 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2016
      • Table 38 - Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2016
      • Table 39 – FttP broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2016
      • Table 40 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 41 – Market share of pay TV subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 42 – Market share of cable TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Historical - Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 44 – Cable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 45 – Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 46 – Axtel subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 47 – Historical - Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 48 – Satellite TV subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 49 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 50 – Satellite TV revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 51 – Televisa video subscribers by platform (pre-merger) – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 52 – Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 53 – Televisa financial data – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 54 – Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate – 1998 - 2015
      • Table 55 – Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 56 – Mobile market share by major operator – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 57 – Mobile market revenue – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 58 – Mobile market investment – 2001 - 2013
      • Table 59 – Prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 60 – Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 61 – Historic - Mobile traffic – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 62 – Mobile traffic – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 63 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 64 – SMS messages per subscriber – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 65 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 66 – Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 67 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 68 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 69 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 70 – Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 71 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 72 – Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 73 – Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 74 – AT&T Mexico financial data – 2015 – 2016
      • Table 75 – AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2016
      • Table 76 – Iusacell financial data – 2012 – 2013
      • Table 77 – Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) – 2000 - 2007
      • Table 78 – Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Chart 1 – Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 3 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 – 2016
      • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2017
      • Chart 6 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2016
      • Chart 7 – Movistar financial data – 2008 – 2016

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