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

Synopsis

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 11.2% in 2017 as subscribers terminated services in a bid to reduce discretionary spending. The phenomenon was also seen in the fixed-line segment, where fixed-line connections dropped by 22% in the year. Part of the decline is also related to the large number of people who have fled economic hardship: the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimated that 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014.

Nevertheless, there has been some growth in mobile data traffic, spurred by the popularity of social networks, the prevalence of smartphones and continuing investments from operators in LTE infrastructure despite difficulties in financing network upgrades and paying for equipment: Movilnet delayed launching its own LTE services until early 2017 because of its inability to purchase equipment from foreign vendors. In addition, mobile networks have taken up some of the demand previously met by fixed-line networks.

Three major players operate in the Venezuelan mobile market: Movilnet, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned CANTV, Movistar, the Venezuelan unit of Spain’s Telefónica Group, and Digitel, a locally owned private company. In terms of revenue, the mobile sector accounts for about 46% of overall telecom sector revenue, compared to 11.7% for internet services.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s mobile market, including profiles of the operators, an assessment of key market statistics and general analyses on a very difficult competitive environment.

Key developments:

  • Movilnet extends LTE population coverage to about 47% by mid-2018;
  • Telefónica sees dramatic write-down on revenue following currency devaluation;
  • Regulator raises Bs.F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction;
  • Mobile data traffic grows 18% in the third quarter of 2017, year-on-year;
  • MNOs set up shared-access base stations to serve remote areas;
  • Movilnet reports having one million LTE subscribers by mid-2018;
  • Report includes the regulator’s market data for 2017, operator data updates, 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 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Forecasts – mobile market – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 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 4G (LTE)
      • 5.1.2 3G
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 CDMA
      • 5.2.2 Mobile satellite
      • 5.2.3 M2M
  • 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 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Mobile voice traffic – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1997 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 7 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 8 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 11 – Mobile data traffic – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 13 – Mobile subscriber distribution by technology – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 14 – M2M connections – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Market share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Historic - Movilnet – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 17 – Movistar mobile service revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Smartphones in use – 2014 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance – 2005 - 2019
  • Chart 2 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages 22

Status Current

Last updated 2 Nov 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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