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


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

OTT services to expand in 2016

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:

Telefónica planning OTT service in 2016; launches Tuenti Movil sub-brand; Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator; CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network; Movistar and Claro develop reach of LTE services following launch in 2015; government promotes its National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017 for socio-economic development; first phase of ASO scheduled for December 2016, with complete transition to digital TV expected in late 2018; AWS spectrum deployed for LTE; Univisa launches satellite pay-TV service, starts closing down MMDS service; report update includes the regulator's market data into November 2015; telcos' operating data, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Ecuador's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 88.6%
Fixed | 15.6%
Broadband | 9.3%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Companies mentioned in this report:

CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, DirecTV, TVCable, Univisa.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Ecuador – 2015 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Evolution of GDP in Ecuador – 2000 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share − 1997 - 2004
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share − 2005 - 2015
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • NATIONAL PLAN FOR GOOD LIVING 2013-2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ANTI-MONOPOLY LAW OF 2011
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW - 2013
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW – 2015
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed lines in service – operators' market share – 2001 - 2015
    • CNT
      • Table CNT – lines in service – 2001 - 2015
    • ETAPA
      • Table Etapa – lines in service – 2001 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2004
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2016
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International bandwidth – 2006 - 2014
  • WHOLESALE
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART GRIDS
  • FIXED BROADBAND
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Registered cybercafés – 2008- 2015
      • Table Registered ISPs – 2002 - 2015
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2004
      • Table Internet users and penetration – 20051 - 2016
      • Table Internet subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2015
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates − 2001 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers – major operators − 2008 - 2015
    • FORECASTS – FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2015; 2017; 2020
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
      • Notes on scenario forecasts
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table TVCable – cable modem subscribers – 2008 - 2013
      • Table Claro – cable modem subscribers – 2008 - 2013
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2015
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP subscribers – 2008 - 2015
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2015
      • Table TV technology market share – 2004 - 2015
    • KEY DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS
      • DirecTV
      • TVCable
      • CNT TV
      • Movistar
      • Claro Ecuador (Conacel, Ecuador Telecom)
      • Univisa
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
    • FORECASTS
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile licence renewals
      • SIM card registration
      • Infrastructure sharing
        • Table Base stations by operator − 2013 - 2015
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported − 2009 - 2015
      • Quality of Service (QoS) measures
      • LTE licenses – 2015
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 - 2015
      • Digital networks
        • Table GSM subscribers – 2003 - 2015
      • 3G
        • Table 3G subscribers – 2008 - 2015
        • Table HSPA+ subscribers – 2012 - 2015
      • LTE
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2014 - 2015
    • 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 VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-banking
      • Satellite mobile services
  • RELATED REPORTS

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