Though slightly below the regional average, Colombia’s fixed broadband penetration is higher than would be expected given the country’s low economic indicators. Helped along by a regulatory framework that encourages competition and by government efforts to reduce the ‘digital divide’, the fixed broadband market continues to register double-digit growth rates. Colombia is one of the few Latin American countries that obliges dominant telecom operators to provide Local Loop Unbundling and wholesale services.
The Colombian government has launched several initiatives to increase fixed broadband penetration, 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 (which aims to increase Colombia’s internet connections to 8.8 million by 2014), and the National Fibre Optic Project.
ADSL is the leading broadband technology, but cable broadband continues to grow both in subscriber numbers and in geographical coverage thanks to the popularity of triple play solutions. The market is divided between UNE-EPM (ADSL and cable modem services), Claro (cable modem), Movistar (ADSL), and ETB (ADSL).
The cable TV sector has undergone major consolidation and, as a result, two companies, Claro and UNE, 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.
With an investment of US$600 million, Colombia’s National Fibre Optic Project aims to deploy over 15,000km of fibre cable; by 2014, fibre-optic cables should reach 1,078 or 96% of Colombia’s 1,123 municipalities; having unified all operations under one brand, Telefónica has renamed its satellite TV service Movistar TV, and Telmex operations have been rebranded Claro.
Companies covered in this report include:
UNE-EPM, Claro (previously Telmex), Movistar (previously Telefónica Telecom), ETB, BT Latam, Caucatel, Emcali, Telebucaramanga, Edatel, Comcel, Tigo, Gilat Satellite Netwoks, TV Azteca,DirecTV, Global TV Telecomunicaciones.