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Colombia - Broadband and Broadcasting Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Colombia - Broadband and Broadcasting Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Colombia's broadband penetration is far higher than would be expected based on GDP per capita, which is quite low in Colombia.

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 (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, but cable broadband has been regaining much of its lost market share, growing at a healthy rate both in subscriber numbers and in geographical coverage. 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 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, 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.

Key developments:

National Fibre Optic Project requiring an investment of Col$1.2 trillion (US$600 million); Claro becomes broadband market leader with its cable modem service; ETB launches an FttX service, covering 290,000 premises by end-2013, limited FttP access available; ETB prepares for launch of an 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; market developments to March 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

UNE-EPM, Claro (Telmex), Movistar (previously Telefónica Telecom), ETB, BT Colombia, Calipso, Caucatel, Colomsat, Synapsis, Emcali, Telebucaramanga, Edatel, DirecTV, Global TV.


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband access market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Internet/broadband statistics
2.1.2 Major ISPs and broadband players
2.2 Government initiatives
2.2.1 ICT access projects
2.2.2 Compartel
2.2.3 National ICT Plan
2.2.4 Vive Digital
2.2.5 National fibre-optic network
2.3 Cable modems
2.4 Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
2.5 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP) services
2.6 WiMAX
2.7 Media convergence
2.7.1 Triple play solutions
2.7.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
3. Digital economy
3.1 E-commerce
4. Broadcasting
4.1 Market overview
4.2 Cable TV
4.2.1 Claro (Telmex Colombia)
4.2.2 UNE-EPM
4.2.3 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
4.3 Satellite TV
4.4 Digital terrestrial TV
5. Forecasts fixed broadband market 2015; 2020
5.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth
5.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth
5.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rates 1997-2004
Table 2 Internet users and user penetration rates 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002-2013
Table 4 Broadband technologies in Colombia market share 2003-2013
Table 5 Major broadband operators market share 2011-2012
Table 6 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2003-2013
Table 7 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2003-2013
Table 8 Colombia B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2013
Table 9 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 2000-2013
Table 10 Major cable-TV providers market share 2004-2013
Table 11 Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rates 2000-2013
Table 12 Satellite TV operators' market share 2004-2013
Table 13 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 14 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Broadband subscribers market evolution at a glance 2003-2013
Chart 2 Broadband market share at a glance 2012
Exhibit 1 Major ISPs, broadband players and services offered

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