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Colombia - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Colombia - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Colombia's broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, though growth in the sector has been hampered by poor fixed-line infrastructure in many departments. 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. There is also the Digital Connections Project, which has now entered Phase II, aimed at improving services in the more deprived urban areas. These efforts have had considerable success, leading to far higher growth in the number of broadband subscriptions among the lower socio-economic groups in recent years.

DSL is the leading broadband technology, though cable broadband has grown at a faster rate in recent years and by mid-2015 the platform was on a par with DSL in terms of the number of connections. The resurgence of cable modem is largely due to the growing popularity of bundled services which upgraded cable infrastructure can support.

Colombia's leading broadband players are the fixed-line operators Claro, UNE-EPM (owned by the mobile operator Tigo), Movistar, and ETB. Claro provides cable modem access, UNE offers both DSL and cable modem services, while Movistar and ETB use DSL 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.

Key developments:

Regulator launches phase two of its Digital Connections Project extending broadband to underserved areas; DirecTV launches a fixed and wireless internet via its LTE network; government plans COP200 billion investment in national Wi-Fi network to 2018; UNE-EPM completes merger with Tigo; Azteca Comunicaciones finishes fibre network rollout; Claro converts digital TV operation to the DVB-C standard; AT&T acquires DirectTV; COP1.2 trillion to be invested in National Fibre Optic Project; ETB expands its fibre service, hoping to cover one million premises by end-2018; 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, ANTV data to June 2015; regulator's market data to Q1 2015, telco's operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
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 Broadband statistics
2.4 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2015; 2017; 2020
2.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.4.2 Major ISPs and broadband players
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 WiMAX
6.2 Satellite broadband
6.3 Media convergence
6.3.1 Bundled services
7. Digital economy
7.1 E-commerce
8. Digital media
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Cable TV
8.2.1 Claro (Telmex Colombia)
8.2.2 UNE-EPM
8.3 Videostreaming
8.4 Satellite TV
8.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rates 1997 - 2004
Table 2 Internet users and user penetration rates 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Broadband subscribers by access speed 2013 - 2015
Table 4 Total internet subscribers (fixed and mobile) and penetration 2012 - 2015
Table 5 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 - 2016
Table 6 Broadband technologies in Colombia market share 2003 - 2015
Table 7 Major broadband operators market share 2011 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband subscribers by major operator 2012 - 2015
Table 9 Forecast broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 10 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2003 - 2016
Table 11 DSL subscribers and penetration rates 2003 - 2016
Table 12 Fibre broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 13 Colombia B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2014
Table 14 Pay TV providers' market share 2013 - 2015
Table 15 Pay TV subscribers by operator 2010 - 2015
Table 16 Pay TV revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 17 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2014
Table 18 Satellite TV subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2015
Table 19 Satellite TV operators' market share 2004 - 2015
Chart 1 Internet users and user penetration rates 2005 2016
Chart 2 Broadband subscribers market evolution at a glance 2003 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Major ISPs, broadband players and services offered

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