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.
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.