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Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Telefónica consider selling out of Ecuador

In common with a number of other mid-sized countries in the region, Ecuador has a small telecom market with a dominant mobile sector. The evolution of the market has been influenced by the poor fixed-line infrastructure, which has stymied the development o fixed-line broadband services. To some extent poor infrastructure has been the result of topographical challenges which have rendered the cost of deploying networks to n remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

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

The mobile sector is dominated by América Móvil's Conecel (trading as Claro), which had a 56% share of the market by subscribers as of February 2018. Telefónica's Otecel (trading as Movistar) has about a third of the market, leaving CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) with a share of only 12%. Thus far the MVNO sector has been slow to develop, partly because the incumbent operators also have their low-cost brands and thus there is little business case for new market entrants. Virgin Mobile is expected to launch a service in Ecuador, following on from similar launches in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

The government is keen to advance universalisation and improve teledensity, and it is expected that CNT will continue its efforts to expand the country's fixed-line infrastructure and capitalise on its DSL service, which only took off in 2009. At the same time, a national broadband plan has been implemented to expand and improve internet access for all Ecuadoreans. The fixed broadband market including DSL, cable modem and fibre-based services should continue to grow strongly in coming years, with an anticipated focus on fibre as networks are built out from the more densely populated urban areas. The mobile broadband market is also expected to grow strongly as network operators expand the reach of their LTE services.

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:

Movistar extends LTE service, launches VoLTE; Tribemobile Ecuador Tribemosa launches as an MVNO; Telefónica Group considers sale of part of it Latin American units; CenturyLink opens 585km fibre cable linking to Colombia; Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator; CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network; government promotes its National Plan for Good Living for socio-economic development; ASO completion delayed to mid-2018; report update includes the regulator's market data to February 2018, telcos' operating data, recent market developments.

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, TVCable, Univisa.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Ecuador – 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2018 (Feb)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed broadband statistics – 2017
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2018 (Feb)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Evolution of GDP in Ecuador – 2000 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Revenue from telecom services – 2011 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
    • CNT
      • Table CNT – lines in service – 2001 - 2018
    • ETAPA
      • Table Etapa – lines in service – 2001 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2009
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Revenue from fixed telephony services – 2006 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International bandwidth – 2002 - 2016
  • WHOLESALE
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART GRIDS
  • FIXED BROADBAND
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Registered ISPs – 2002 - 2015
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic – Fixed internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table Fixed internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2018
      • Table Fixed internet market share of subscribers – major operators - 2008 - 2018
    • FORECASTS – FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2008 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP subscribers – 2008 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Revenue from mobile telephony services – 2006 - 2018
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2018
    • FORECASTS – MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile licence renewals
      • SIM card registration
      • Infrastructure sharing
        • Table Base stations by operator - 2013 – 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 - 2018
      • Quality of Service (QoS) measures
      • LTE licenses – 2015
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology – 2001 - 2017
      • Digital networks
        • Table GSM subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • 3G
        • Table 3G subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table HSPA+ subscribers – 2012 - 2018
      • LTE
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2014 - 2018
        • Table LTE subscribers by operator– 2014 - 2018
        • Table LTE Base stations by operator - 2013 – 2017
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share – 1997 - 2009
      • Table Mobile operators' market share of subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Claro (Conecel)
        • Table Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2009
        • Table Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Movistar (Otecel)
        • Table Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1997 - 2009
        • Table Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • CNT
        • Table CNT – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-banking
      • Satellite mobile services
  • RELATED REPORTS

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