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Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Claro Ecuador launches LTE services

Ecuador's fixed-line teledensity is low for the region. To some extent this has resulted from topographical challenges which have rendered the cost of deploying fixed-line infrastructure in remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

In line with the global trend, Ecuadorians have turned to mobile handsets in preference to the traditional fixed-line phone. The country's telecom market is heavily skewed towards mobility, with seven mobile phones for every fixed line in service. Nevertheless, the ratio between fixed and mobile accounts has remained stable since 2009.

Although Ecuador has seven fixed-line operators and a large number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), state-owned incumbent CNT dominates the fixed-line and therefore the ADSL market.

The mobile sector is virtually a duopoly between América Móvil's Conecel (trading as Claro) and Telefónica's Otecel (trading as Movistar), with CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) having a small share of the market.

The government is keen to advance universalisation and improve teledensity, and we can expect CNT to continue its efforts to expand the country's fixed-line infrastructure. CNT will also continue to capitalise on its ADSL service, which only took off in 2009 and still faces significant unsatisfied demand. A national broadband plan aims to expand and improve internet access for all Ecuadoreans. The fixed broadband market including both ADSL and cable modem services should continue to grow by at least 25% annually. The mobile broadband market is also expected to grow strongly in the coming years.

A new Telecom Law has been the subject of national and international controversy, particularly for its treatment of broadcasting. The most controversial points include the redistribution of spectrum and the creation of a regulatory authority in charge of censorship.

Key developments:

Claro Ecuador joins Movistar and CNT with commercial LTE services;
Arcotel begins work as a new integrated telecom sector watchdog;
CNT begins deploying 1Gb/s GPON-based fibre service;
Fixed-line operator Etapa has entered the pay TV market, launching DTH satellite TV services in Cuenca.
The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Resources has approved a smart grid policy for Ecuador that could make the country a regional pioneer in this field.
Supertel has recommended legislation which would allow prospective MVNOs to require operators to share their spectrum and other network resources.
The government has promoted its National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017 for socio-economic development.
IT initiative Digital Training through Mobile Classrooms has been praised by ITU as a vehicle for pushing ICT deeper into rural areas;
The first phase of ASO is scheduled for December 2016, with complete transition to digital TV expected in late 2018.
The government in late 2013 secured $30 million loan to develop smart metering and extend electricity to 15,000 unserved dwellings;
The Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) cable landing at Manta in November 2014 has provided internet capacity some 60 times greater than that which Ecuador currently consumes;
Ocean Networks has secured funding for the South America Pacific Link (SAPL);
In February 2015 the regulator awarded Claro and Movistar spectrum in the AWS band for LTE as well as additional spectrum in the 1900MHz band intended to improve the reach and capacity of their 3G networks.
Regulator imposes QoS measures on mobile operators;
MNP process reduced to one working day;
Globalstar provides mobile satellite equipment to Ecuadoran fishing fleet;
Government promotes funding for telecom services in rural areas;
Univisa launches satellite pay-TV service, starts closing down MMDS service;
Proposals to amend Telecommunications Act would add additional tax on telcos' profits;
Report includes the regulator's market data into 2014.

Market penetration rates in Ecuador's telecoms sector 2015 (e)

Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 113%
Fixed | 16%
Broadband | 7.7%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Fixed line operators include CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuadortelecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapatelecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, and Starsat.
Mobile operators include Claro, Movistar, and CNT.
Fixed broadband providers include CNT, TVCable, Claro, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, and Telconet.
Pay TV providers include DirecTV, TVCable, CNT TV, Claro, and Univisa.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Ecuador's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
Mobile ARPU;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Ecuador - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • ECONOMIC BACKGROUND
      • GDP growth
        • Table Evolution of GDP in Ecuador - 2000 - 2014
    • OUTLOOK
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF ECUADOR'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2004
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share - 2005 - 2014
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Overview
      • National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ANTI-MONOPOLY LAW OF 2011
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW - 2013
    • DRAFT TELECOMMUNICATIONS BILL - 2014
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN ECUADOR
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed lines in service - operators' market share - 2001 - 2014
    • CNT
      • Table CNT - lines in service - 2001 - 2014
    • ETAPA
      • Table Etapa - lines in service - 2001 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2015
      • Public payphones
        • Table Public telephones - 2003 - 2013
    • FORECASTS - FIXED-LINE MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher fixed line growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line growth - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower fixed line growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line growth - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International bandwidth - 2006 - 2013
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • WHOLESALE
  • FIXED BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Registered cybercafés - 2008- 2014
      • Table Registered ISPs - 2002- 2014
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration - 20051 - 2015
        • Table Internet subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Internet users and penetration - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband market share - major operators - 2008 - 2014
      • National Broadband Plan
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher broadband growth
        • Table Forecast broadband growth - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower broadband growth
        • Table Forecast broadband growth - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
    • ASYMMETRIC DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Fast Boy (CNT)
        • Table CNT - ADSL subscribers - 2008 - 2013
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table TVCable - cable modem subscribers - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Claro - cable modem subscribers - 2008 - 2013
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL) AND SMART GRIDS
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
  • BROADCASTING
    • PAY TV OVERVIEW
    • PAY TV STATISTICS
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2014
      • Table TV technology market share - 2004 - 2013
    • MAJOR PAY TV OPERATORS
      • DirecTV
      • TVCable
      • CNT TV
      • Claro Ecuador (Conacel, Ecuadortelecom)
      • Univisa
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF ECUADOR'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile licence renewals
      • SIM card registration
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Infrastructure sharing
        • Table Base stations by operator - 2013 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 - 2015
      • Quality of Service (QoS) measures
      • LTE licenses - 2015
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Overview
        • Table Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology - 2001 - 2014
      • Second Generation (2G) mobile - GSM/CDMA
        • Table GSM subscribers - 2003 - 2015
      • Third generation (3G) mobile - UMTS/HSPA
        • Table 3G subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table HSPA+ subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Fourth generation (4G) mobile - LTE
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share - 1997 - 2004
      • Table Mobile operators' market share - 2005 - 2015
      • Claro (Conecel)
        • Table Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Movistar (Otecel)
        • Table Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Movistar mobile financial data - 2012 - 2013
      • CNT
        • Table CNT - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2015
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2002 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2014
    • M-BANKING
    • SATELLITE MOBILE SERVICES
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher mobile market growth
        • Table Forecast mobile subscriber growth - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower mobile market growth
        • Table Forecast mobile subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
  • NOTES ON SCENARIO FORECASTS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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