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Honduras - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


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The Honduras - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.


Besides being the second poorest country in Central America, Honduras has an extremely unequal distribution of income - about 70% of the population live below the poverty line.

Teledensity is about 14% lower than average for Central America. Nevertheless, it is better than one would expect based on the country’s other economic indicators. Mobile penetration is about average for Central America and quite high compared with GDP per capita.

Fixed-line telephony has been partly liberalised, with long-distance telephony open to competition, but local services are still a monopoly of state-owned Hondutel and its franchise partners. Laws governing full liberalisation have been delayed amid allegations of corruption and political wrangling over the role of Hondutel.

The mobile sector, on the other hand, is highly competitive, with four operators offering services. The market leader is Millicom’s Tigo, followed by América Móvil’s Claro. Digicel entered the market in late 2008. Three companies have received WiMAX licences.

The Internet has been slow to develop in Honduras. ADSL is still primarily used by corporate customers. Nevertheless, the demand for broadband is increasing and there are some small developments regarding network upgrades to Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH).

Market highlights:

  • VoIP telephony services are more readily available than normal phone service and significantly cheaper.
  • There are good investment opportunities for wireless DSL and WiMAX, since the fixed-line and cable networks have insufficient capacity.
  • Cable Sula, the second largest cableco in terms of subscribers, announced it would upgrade its networks to FttH technology.
  • Millicom International, the leading mobile provider in Honduras through Tigo, has acquired cable TV and triple player Amnet.
  • Honduras is the first and only country in Central America to have chosen a Digital Terrestrial TV standard: the government has opted for the US ATSC.
  • Both Claro and Tigo have launched 3G mobile services based on WCDMA technology.
  • A number of factors are currently influencing telecoms growth, particularly the economic downturn and political unrest in the region.Lucia Bibolini

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Honduras - key telecom parameters - 2009 - 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Honduras - 2010
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • Telecommunications market
    • Country overview
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Honduras - 2000 - 2011
    • Overview of Honduran telecom market
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
      • Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel)
    • Privatisation
    • DR-CAFTA
    • Foreign investment
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Honduras
    • `Telephony For All' program
    • Number portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators in Honduras
    • Table Market share of fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2009
    • Table Number of operators: fixed, mobile, data, ISP and CATV markets - 2004 - 2009
    • Hondutel
      • Table Hondutel - fixed lines in service - 1997 - 2009
    • Tele+ (Comunitel)
    • MultiData
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • National telecom network
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2010
      • Table Public telephones - 1997 - 2009
    • International infrastructure
      • Interconnection with other Central American countries
        • Table Major submarine cable networks connecting Honduras
      • Satellite networks
    • Infrastructure developments
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Broadband market
    • Overview
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
      • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2009
    • Major ISPs and broadband players
    • Community Telecentres
      • Table Cybercafé and CCI points - 2002 - 2009
    • Media convergence
  • Broadcasting
    • Cable TV
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2003 - 2009
    • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
    • Digital terrestrial TV
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of the Honduran mobile market
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
      • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2009
    • Mobile technologies and data services
      • Third generation (3G) mobile
    • Major mobile operators
      • Tigo/Celtel (Millicom)
        • Table Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2010
      • Claro/Sercom (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2009
      • Hondutel
      • Digicel

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