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

Synopsis

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below average for South America, while growth in the sector has been set back by the ongoing economic recession. The number of mobile subscribers fell 4.7% in the year to December 2015, in line with the fall in fixed-line and internet subscriptions as customers scale back their spending on services. Nevertheless, the volume of data traffic has been increasing steadily, spurred by the popularity of social networks, the prevalence of smartphones and continuing investments from operators in LTE infrastructure to support mobile data services and traffic. Data traffic increased 76% in the fourth quarter of 2015, year-on-year.

Three major players operate in the Venezuelan mobile market: Movilnet, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned CANTV, followed by Movistar, the Venezuelan unit of Spain’s Telefónica, and then by Digitel, a locally owned private company. In terms of revenue, the mobile sector accounted for almost 60% of overall telecom sector revenue in 2015, compared to 7% for internet services and 14% for subscription TV services.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s mobile market, a profile of all mobile operators and key market statistics and analyses. It also contains mobile subscriber forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Telefónica sees dramatic write-down on revenue following currency devaluation; regulator raises Bs.F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction; LTE subscriber base increases 22% in Q4 2015, reaching 676,000; mobile data traffic grows 76% in 2015, year-on-year; MNOs set up shared-access base stations to serve remote areas; Digitel reports having 100,000 active customers on its LTE network; Movistar switches off its CDMA mobile and fixed-wireless voice and data network; report includes the regulator’s market data to December 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Prepaid
    • 3.3 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
    • 3.4 Mobile data
      • 3.4.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 3.5 Mobile broadband
    • 3.6 Forecasts – mobile market – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 3.6.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 1800-1900MHz
      • 4.1.2 1710-2170MHz
    • 4.2 Network sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • 5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 CDMA
      • 5.2.2 Mobile satellite
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
    • 6.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
    • 6.3 Digitel
  • 7. Mobile handsets
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile voice traffic – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 1997 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Historic - Mobile ARPU – 2002 - 2012
  • Table 8 – Mobile ARPU by operator – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 9 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 10 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Mobile data traffic growth – 2014 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 14 – Market share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 15 – Movilnet – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 17 – Smartphones in use – 2014 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance – 2003 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Movilnet at a glance
  • Exhibit 2 – Movistar at a glance
  • Exhibit 3 – Digitel at a glance

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Number of pages 17

Status Current

Last updated 24 May 2016

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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