Peru - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Peru’s mobile penetration is on a par with the regional average. While many Peruvians, especially urban dwellers, have multiple mobile subscriptions the use of mobile telephony is universal. The regulator reported in late 2017 that more than 90% of rural dwellers also have a mobile subscription.

Four mobile network operators compete in the mobile market: Telefónica Perú, trading as Movistar Perú, is the leading player and is followed by América Móvil’s local unit, trading as Claro Perú, and by the rebranded Entel Perú (formerly Nextel Perú) in third place. Vietnam’s Viettel, trading as Bitel, is the fourth player. Having launched services in mid-2014 the company has quickly gained subscribers and by mid-2017 had a market share approaching 12%. The company has also launched LTE services, complementing its existing 3G network.

In September 2016 Virgin Mobile became the first MVNO to launch services, hosted by Movistar, and by late 2017 a small number of other MVNOs had been licensed.

Peru’s mobile market still has considerable potential to expand, especially given the country’s low fixed broadband penetration which has encouraged the take-up of mobile data services. The auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band in May 2016 has enabled the MNOs to expand the reach and capability of LTE services nationally.

This report provides an overview of Peru’s mobile market, including profiles of the key operators and their strategies, as well as market statistics and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Regulator reduces MTRs by 67%; Virgin Mobile Latin America sells its Virgin Mobile Peru unit to Inkacel; 901,000 blacklisted mobile devices blocked, growth in number portability stimulating competition; new rules enforced to streamline deployment of mobile infrastructure; Claro Perú and Movistar Perú extend TD-LTE in remote areas; regulator claims MNOs need to provide an additional 17,535 base stations by 2025; National Bank Association ASBANC selects Ericsson’s Wallet Platform for mobile financial services; regulator auctions 700MHz spectrum for LTE services; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data for Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica del Perú (Movistar), América Móvil Perú (Claro), Entel Perú, Viettel Peru (Bitel), Virgin Mobile.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations
    • 4.2 Spectrum auctions and awards
      • 4.2.1 Second Generation (2G) mobile
      • 4.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • 4.2.3 AWS (1710MHz-1770MHz and 2110MHz-2170MHz)
      • 4.2.4 700MHz
    • 4.3 SIM card registration
    • 4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.5 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Digital networks
      • 5.2.1 Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
      • 5.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
      • 5.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 Mobile satellite
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
    • 6.2 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
    • 6.3 Entel Perú
    • 6.4 Viettel Peru (Bitel)
    • 6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 m-commerce
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market share by operator – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 5 –SMS traffic – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 6 –MMS traffic – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Active mobile broadband subscribers (modem, USB) and penetration – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile internet penetration by population – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 9 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 10 – Accumulated mobile number portings by operator – July 2014 - Sept 2017
  • Table 11 – Movistar Peru – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Movistar Peru mobile revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Claro Peru mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Claro Peru – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Entel Peru mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Entel Peru revenue (ChS/.) – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 17 – Entel Peru revenue ($) – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Viettel Peru mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Virgin Mobile Peru mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile market share by operator – 2001 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Bands and spectrum

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