Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Colombia's mobile penetration is relatively high for the region. While market growth has slowed in recent years, it retains significant potential, particularly in the mobile broadband sector where penetration is still low. There is considerable potential for customer take-up of mobile broadband services in rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure remains poor. Since 2010 there have been substantial changes to the Colombian mobile market, particularly with the launch of several MVNOs and the arrival of LTE services.
Colombia has five Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). UNE was both an MNO and an MVNO, and has now been merged with Tigo.
Three MNOs dominate the mobile market: Claro (the trading name of Comcel), Movistar, and Tigo (the trading name of Colombia Móvil and owned by Millicent). The leader is 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.
The MVNOs Uff! Móvil, 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 it has been able to offer converged services across fixed and mobile networks.
A spectrum auction in June 2013 saw five winning bidders, including the established players Claro, Movistar, Tigo/ETB, Avantel, as well as a new market entrant in the form of the broadcaster DirecTV.
This report provides insights into Colombia's mobile market, including key market statistics and analyses as well as profiles of the major mobile operators. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.
Tigo Colombia signs up with Internet.org; regulator sets in train a multi-spectrum auction; operators launch VoLTE services; Tigo Colombia launches an M2M service; Claro extends LTE coverage; UNE-EPM merged with Tigo Columbia; DirectTV launches LTE; Movistar and Claro extend licenses for ten years; Colombian bank Banagrícola acquires a 70% stake in Uff! Móvil; Avantel plans $250 million investment in LTE; ETB plans building its own mobile network; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q1 2015, operator data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Claro/Comcel, Movistar, Tigo, Avantel, DirecTV, UNE-EPM, Uff! Móvil, ETB, Metrotel, Emcali, Virgin Mobile, Móvil Éxito, Globalstar.
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