Peru - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 23 May 2019 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 64


Peru’s fixed-line teledensity remains among the lowest in South America. Obstacles to fixed-line growth include widespread poverty, fixed-to-mobile substitution, expensive telephone services, and geographical inaccessibility in the rugged Andean mountains and lowland Amazon jungles. The Telecommunications Investment Fund (FITEL) provides subsidies for telecom services in rural areas and other places that provide marginal returns for private providers.

The government is addressing these shortcomings via ambitious investment plans to deploy telecom infrastructure and services in underserved areas. Contracts have been awarded to develop telecom services to the regions. Most of the work was complete by the end of 2017, when eight regional fibre-based networks were connected to the National Fibre-Optic Backbone (Red Dorsal Nacional de Fibra Optica, or RDNFO). However, there remain delays in connecting supplementary networks to the RDNFO, while competition from private networks prompted the Ministry of Communications in late 2018 to re-evaluate the economic modelling of the project.

Movistar dominates the telephony market though its subscriber base has fallen in recent quarters. Claro Peru occupies a distant second place but its share is growing steadily, while Americatel Peru, a subsidiary of Entel Chile, is also active in the market though its share is small.

This report provides an overview of Peru’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It includes a wide range of relevant statistics and analyses.

Key developments:

  • MTC reviews economic conditions of the public fibre backbone network;
  • Investment agency ProInversion opens tender for $163.7 million 5,336km cable infrastructure project;
  • Government signs remaining contracts for regional broadband projects;
  • Telefónica Peru invests $1.8 billion in infrastructure, focused on broadband, pay TV, and data;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s data updates to December 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica del Perú (Movistar Perú), América Móvil Perú (Claro Perú), Americatel Perú, Gamacon, IDT, Convergia, Gilat To Home Perú, Rural Telecom, Valtron, and Nextel Perú.

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