Colombia - Broadband and Broadcasting Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts
Colombia's broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, though it has been hampered by poor fixed-line infrastructure in many areas of the country. The government has launched several initiatives to increase broadband take-up, including Computers for Schooling (which provides refurbished second-hand computers to schools), Compartel (which endeavours to provide every Colombian with access to telephone and internet services), Vive Digital (involving projects that subsidise internet access for schools, low-income households, and rural areas), and the National Fibre Optic Project.
ADSL is the leading broadband technology, though cable broadband has regained much of its lost market. The resurgence of cable modem is largely due to the growing popularity of triple play bundles including broadband, telephony, and cable TV.
Colombia's leading broadband players are the fixed-line operators Claro, UNE-EPM, Movistar, and ETB. Claro provides cable modem access, UNE offers both ADSL and cable modem services, while Movistar and ETB use ADSL technology.
The cable TV sector has undergone major consolidation and, as a result, two companies, Claro and UNE/Tigo, together control 89% of the market.
This report provides an overview of Colombia's broadband and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.
DirecTV launches a fixed and wireless internet service based on its LTE network; government plans COP200 billion investment in national WiFi network to 2018; UNE-EPM completes merger with Tigo; Azteca Comunicaciones completes 95% of its fibre network; Tigo merger with UNE-EPM completed; Claro to complete conversion of its digital TV operation to the DVB-C standard by 2015; AT&T agrees to buy DirectTV's Latin American operations; National Fibre Optic Project requiring an investment of COP1.2 trillion ($600 million); ETB expands its fibre service, hoping to cover one million premises by end-2018; ETB launches its IPTV service; New National Television Authority replaces CNTV for regulating and managing TV services; Vive Digital program providing free computers and internet access to families receiving free government housing; report includes telcos' operating updates, regulator's market data to Q1 2014, ICT indicators to March 2014, recent market developments.