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Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Growth in Colombia's mobile market has slowed in recent years though it retains significant potential, particularly in the mobile broadband sector where penetration is still low and where strong demand exists in rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure remains poor. The market has seen considerable competition from the MVNO sector, with Virgin Mobile alone having almost 2.9 million subscribers as of mid-2018.

Three MNOs dominate the mobile market: Claro (the trading name of Comunicacíón Celular), Movistar (trading as Colombia Telecomunicacíón), and Tigo (trading as Colombia Móvil and owned by Millicent International). The leading player remains Claro, but its market share has been falling since 2009. The local trunking service provider Avantel serves a small number of mostly corporate customers using digital iDEN technology though it has also provided services based on LTE since mid-2014.

The MVNOs ETB and Móvil Éxito offer mobile voice and internet services over Tigo's network, while Metrotel and Virgin Mobile have entered into wholesale agreements with Movistar. Since Tigo merged with UNE-EPM (becoming Tigo Une Colombia in the process) it has been able to offer converged services across fixed and mobile networks. Tigo in mid-2017 revised its hosting arrangement with Uff! Móvil in a bid to keep the MVNO in business after it had seen a dramatic fall in its subscriber base. This was a temporary measure and Uff! Móvil ceased trading in mid-2018, heavily indebted to TigoUne.

This report provides insights into Colombia's mobile market, including key market statistics and analyses as well as profiles of the major operators, subscriber forecasts and assessments of market developments and emerging technologies.

Key developments:

Regulator concludes consultation on 5G roadmap, again calls for interest in postponed multi-spectrum auction;
Claro Colombia trials 5G technology;
Regulator increases spectrum cap for MNOs to help improve network capacity;
TigoUne sells 1,200 mobile towers to ATC, launches an M2M service;
Avantel plans $250 million investment in LTE;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, operator data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro/Comcel, Movistar, Tigo (TigoUne), Avantel, DirecTV, UNE-EPM, Uff! Móvil, ETB, Metrotel, Emcali, Virgin Mobile, Móvil Éxito, Globalstar.


List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019
Table 3 Market share of mobile operators 2001 2018
Table 4 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 2018
Table 5 SMS messages sent 2013 2018
Table 6 Mobile internet subscriptions by technology (2G, 3G, 4G) 2011 2018
Table 7 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2013 2018
Table 8 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2010 2018
Table 9 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 2018
Table 10 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 11 Spectrum allocations 1993
Table 12 Mobile numbers ported 2011 2016
Table 13 LTE subscribers 2012 2018
Table 14 3G subscribers 2010 2018
Table 15 GSM subscribers 2016 2018
Table 16 Movistar M2M connections 2014 2018
Table 17 Claro Colombia subscribers 2001 2019
Table 18 Claro Colombia service revenue 2011 2019
Table 19 Claro Colombia financial data 2011 2019
Table 20 Movistar subscribers 2001 2019
Table 21 Movistar Colombia mobile financial data 2013 2019
Table 22 TigoUne subscribers 2003 2019
Table 23 TigoUne subscribers (MinTIC data) 2016 2018
Table 24 TigoUne financial data 2010 2019
Table 25 Avantel mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 26 Historic - UNE-EPM mobile subscribers 2012 2017
Table 27 Uff! mobile subscribers 2011 2018
Table 28 ETB mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 29 Virgin Mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 30 Virgin Mobile market share of subscribers 2013 2018
Table 31 Móvil Exito subscribers 2013 2018List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2019
Chart 2 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 2018
Chart 3 Mobile internet subscriptions by technology (2G, 3G, 4G) 2012 2018
Chart 4 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2013 2018
Chart 5 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2010 2018
Chart 6 Movistar Colombia mobile financial data 2013 2019List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 4G auction results

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