Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below the 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 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.
Telefónica sees dramatic write-down on revenue following currency devaluation; regulator raises Bs.F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction; regulator defines additional spectrum to be auctioned; 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, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.
Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.
Number of pages 17
Last updated 22 Dec 2016
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