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

Synopsis

Venezuela’s fixed-line teledensity remains relatively high for the region, though the steady growth in the number of lines in recent years came to an end in 2015 when the number of lines in service fell 3.5% year-on-year. By late 2016 fixed-line penetration had dipped below 25%.

In the local telephony market five companies compete with state-owned incumbent CANTV: Convergia Venezuela, Telemic (Intercable), Movistar, Digitel and Veninfotel Communications. Convergia and Inter are primarily cable TV companies which provide fixed-line services over their cable TV network as part of bundled packages (including pay TV and broadband), while Movistar and Digitel are primarily mobile operators. In early 2017 CANTV’s sister company Movilnet also began offering long-distance telephony services.

The economic troubles are causing considerable distortions in the market. With consumers increasingly careful with their disposable income the number of subscribers to fixed-line and mobile services has fallen, while growth in the number of broadband subscribers has stagnated. There has been pressure on operator revenue, with inflation having prompted operators to increase prices by up to 900% in 2016 (a measure which a subsequent presidential decree aimed to reverse). CANTV and its main competitors Movistar and Digitel have maintained ambitious investment plans, largely aimed at improving their networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services. However, these plans have been put into disarray as a result of the difficulty in securing foreign currency.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators. It also provides a range of statistics and market analyses.

Key developments:

Movilnet starts offering long-distance telephony services; CANTV now managing 22,000kms of fibre cabling; falling GDP and lower revenue from oil exports continue to place a strain on consumer spend for telecom services; report includes the regulator’s market data to September 2016, operator data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

CANTV, Movistar, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Telecom Ministry
    • 5.2 Conatel
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 CANTV
    • 6.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
    • 6.4 Digitel
    • 6.5 Inter
    • 6.6 NetUno
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Terrestrial links
      • 7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.3 Satellite networks
  • 8. Wholesale
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Venezuela – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Telecom revenues and investments – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Levies collected by Conatel – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 13 – CANTV group revenue – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 14 – CANTV – fixed lines in service and market share – 1999 - 2015
  • Table 15 – Movistar – fixed lines in service – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Movistar Venezuela financial data – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Historic - Public payphones – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 20 – Public payphones – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Fixed-line revenue and investment – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Evolution of revenues and investments – 2001 - 2016
  • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service – market evolution at a glance – 2005 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Venezuela

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Number of pages 26

Status Current

Last updated 25 Aug 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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