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

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

Honduras's incumbent telco Hondutel has net profit fall into 2017 Among the poorest countries in Central America, Honduras has long been plagued by an unstable political framework which has rendered telecom sector reform difficult. This has created real difficulties for telcos as well as consumers. Fixed-line teledensity, at only 5.2%, is significantly lower than the Latin American and Caribbean average. Poor fixed-line infrastructure has been exacerbated by low investment and topographical difficulties which have made investment in rural areas unattractive or uneconomical. As a consequence, the internet has been slow to develop in Honduras: DSL and cable modem technologies are available but are relatively expensive and thus take-up has been low thus far. Higher speed services are largely restricted to the major urban centres. Nevertheless, the demand for broadband is steadily increasing and there are been some investment in network upgrades to fibre-based infrastructure, though this is restricted to the main cities. Poor fixed-line connectivity has also inhibited the take-up of videostreaming services. On the positive side, these factors have encouraged consumer take-up of mobile services, a sector where there is lively competition supported by international investment. As a result, mobile penetration is about 20% above the regional average. Revenue growth from the mobile sector looks promising in coming years as operators invest in their networks, expand their reach and upgrade their capabilities to accommodate mobile broadband services. Mobile data as a proportion of overall mobile revenue has increased steadily, though low-end SMS services will continue to account for the bulk of data revenue for some years. Political developments during the last few years have not facilitated the much-needed reform of legislation governing the telecoms sector. Partly this is due to political stalemate and ineffective legislators, but underlying the difficulties are the close ties between executives at the incumbent Hondutel and key members of the government. Market penetration rates in Honduras's telecoms sector 2016 (e) Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration Fixed-line telephony | 5.2% Fixed broadband | 2.1% Mobile SIM (population) | 90% (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources) Key developments: Hondutel reports fall in net profit for Q1 2017; Regulator preps for multi-spectrum auction aimed at attracting a fourth mobile player; Claro and Tigo extend LTE services; Universal Access program providing free internet services to 3,445 public schools; Tigo Money mobile cash transfer service signs up more than one million users; Tigo launches satellite service; Spectrum auction encourages mobile broadband services take-up; Tigo rebrands broadband and pay-TV business as Tigo Star'; Report update includes the regulator's market data to Q3 2016, telcos' operational data updates to Q1 2017, recent market developments. Companies mentioned in this report: Hondutel, Comunitel, MultiData, Millicom (Tigo), Digicel, América Móvil (Claro).


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Privatisation
5.3 DR-CAFTA
5.4 Foreign investment
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.6 Telephony For All' program
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Hondutel
6.2 Tele+ (Comunitel)
6.3 MultiData
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries
7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
7.2.3 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
7.4 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.2.1 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.3 Major ISPs and broadband players
8.4 Community Telecentres
9. Digital Media
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Cable TV
9.3 Satellite TV
9.4 Digital terrestrial TV
9.5 Communications: IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 Mobile voice
10.2.2 Mobile data
10.2.3 Mobile broadband
10.3 Regulatory issues
10.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.3.2 Spectrum auctions
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 Digital networks
10.4.2 Third generation (3G) mobile
10.4.3 LTE
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.1 Tigo Honduras
10.5.2 Claro Honduras
10.5.3 Hondutel Movil
10.5.4 Digicel
10.6 Mobile applications
10.6.1 M-money
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Honduras 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Evolution of GDP in Honduras 2000 - 2015
Table 7 Telecom sector revenue 2000 - 2016
Table 8 Tax revenue from telecom services 2014 2016
Table 9 Fixed line terminating traffic 2001 2016
Table 10 Fixed line originating traffic 2014 2016
Table 11 Historic - Market share of fixed lines by operator 2003 - 2010
Table 12 Hondutel revenue 2011 2017
Table 13 Hondutel net profit 2005 2015; 2016 - 2017
Table 14 Telecom sector revenue 2011- 2014
Table 15 Historic - Fixed lines in service by operator 1996 - 2011
Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service 1996 - 2009
Table 17 Fixed lines in service by operator 2005 - 2018
Table 18 International bandwidth 2000 - 2015
Table 19 International bandwidth per user 2007 - 2015
Table 20 Internet household penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 21 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 22 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 23 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2018
Table 24 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 25 Penetration of pay TV subscribers by regional country 2016
Table 26 Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2003 - 2010
Table 27 Cable TV revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 28 Cable TV subscribers by district 2015
Table 29 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009
Table 30 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 31 Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2015- 2016
Table 32 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 - 2016
Table 33 Blended mobile ARPU 2012- 2015
Table 34 Mobile voice traffic 2014 - 2016
Table 35 Mobile messaging traffic 2014 - 2016
Table 36 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 37 Tigo mobile subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 38 Tigo mobile revenue 2015 - 2017
Table 39 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 2003 - 2008
Table 40 Tigo Money users 2014 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service by operator 2005 2018
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 2018
Chart 3 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2018
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks connecting Honduras
Exhibit 2 Spectrum band allocations for LTE - 2013
Exhibit 3 Spectrum auction awards October 2013

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