Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Colombia's mobile market growth has slowed in recent years though it retains significant potential, particularly in the mobile broadband sector where penetration is still low. There is considerable potential for customer take-up of mobile broadband services in rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure remains poor. The market has seen considerable competition from the MVNO sector, with Virgin Mobile alone having almost 2.6 million subscribers as of early 2016.
Three MNOs dominate the mobile market: Claro (the trading name of Comunicacíon Celular), Movistar (trading as Colombia Telecomunicacíon), and Tigo (trading as Colombia Móvil and owned by Millicent). The leading player remains Claro, but its market share has been falling since 2009. The local trunking service provider Avantel serves a small number of mostly corporate customers using digital iDEN technology.
The MVNOs Uff! Móvil, ETB and Móvil Éxito offer mobile voice and internet services over Tigo's network, while Metrotel and Virgin Mobile have entered into wholesale agreements with Movistar. Since Tigo merged with UNE-EPM it has been able to offer converged services across fixed and mobile networks.
A spectrum auction in June 2013 saw five winning bidders, including the established players Claro, Movistar, Tigo/ETB, Avantel, as well as a new market entrant in the form of the broadcaster DirecTV.
This report provides insights into Colombia's mobile market, including key market statistics and analyses as well as profiles of the major mobile operators and scenario forecasts to 2021.
ETB announces plans to sell 85% of state shares to raise $700 million; regulator amends fixed-to-mobile MTRs; Tigo Colombia signs up with Internet.org; regulator sets in train a multi-spectrum auction; operators launch VoLTE services; Tigo Colombia launches an M2M service; Claro extends LTE coverage; UNE-EPM merged with Tigo Columbia; DirectTV launches LTE; Movistar and Claro extend licenses for ten years; Colombian bank Banagrícola acquires a 70% stake in Uff! Móvil; Avantel plans $250 million investment in LTE; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2015, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.