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2008 Latin America - Mobile Communications Statistics (tables only)


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

This report provides 168 statistical tables relating to the mobile markets of 26 Latin American countries, and is extracted from the full annual market reports.


Mobile telephony in Latin America had a somewhat late start compared with the rest of the world, and only really took off in 1999-2000, when the major mobile markets in the region experienced an explosive growth. Prepaid services played an important role the sector’s success, as they made cell phones available to millions of low-income users.

Mobile penetration in Latin America surpassed fixed-line penetration in 2001. By end-2005, cellular subscribers had overtaken their fixed-line counterparts in every Latin American country except Cuba. Paraguay leads the trend, with more than twelve mobile phones for every fixed line in service in early 2008.

By early 2008, mobile penetration in all of Latin America was over 66%, well above the world average of around 46%. With 375 million people owning a mobile phone in early 2008, Latin America and the Caribbean holds approximately 12% of the world’s mobile subscribers. There are, however, vast differences in cell phone development throughout the region.

Latin American companies have started rolling out the region’s first 3G networks. A 3G mobile auction in Brazil proved a huge success. By early 2008, all the mobile operators in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay were offering 3G services.

This report provides 168 statistical tables relating to the mobile markets of 26 Latin American countries, and is extracted from the full annual market reports. For a full description, commentary, analysis and forecasting, see the original reports here.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW
    • Table Latin America - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1998 - 2008
    • Table Latin America - countries ranked by subscribers, and regional market share - 2007
    • Table Latin America - countries ranked by penetration, variation from regional average - 2007
    • Table Latin America - top 10 mobile operators ranked by subscriber numbers − 2007
    • Table Latin America - mobile subscribers by digital technology − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - market share by mobile technology − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - evolution of ARPU - major countries - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - evolution of ARPU in Brazil - major operators - 2005 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - evolution of ARPU in Argentina - major operators - 2005 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - International mobile operator statistics - 2006 - 2007
    • Table América Móvil - subscribers by country and subsidiary - 2006 - 2007
    • Table América Móvil blended ARPU, major subsidiaries - 2004 - 2007
    • Table América Móvil MOU, major subsidiaries - 2004 - 2007
    • Table América Móvil churn, major subsidiaries - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Telefónica - mobile subscribers by country and subsidiary- 2006 - 2007
    • Table Telecom Italia and TIM - subscribers by country and subsidiary - 2006 - 2007
    • Table Millicom - mobile subscribers by country and subsidiary - 2006 - 2007
  • ARGENTINA
    • Table Argentina - mobile key statistics - October 2007
    • Table Argentina - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Argentina - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 1999 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - mobile operators' market share − 1999 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - Movistar mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - CTI, Telecom and Nextel mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - evolution of ARPU by operator - 2005 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • BELIZE
    • Table Belize - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Belize - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1999 - 2007
    • Table Belize - mobile market share by operator − 2005 - 2007
    • Table Belize - mobile subscribers by operator − 2004 - 2007
  • BOLIVIA
    • Table Bolivia - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Bolivia - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1996 - 2007
    • Table Bolivia - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Bolivia - mobile operators' market share − 2003 - 2007
  • BRAZIL
    • Table Brazil - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile subscribers by technology - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - market share by technology - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - band A, B, D, and E subscribers - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile operators' market share - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - evolution of ARPU - major operators - 2005 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile subscribers by major operator - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - mobile subscribers by minor operator - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - prepaid subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • CARIBBEAN SMALL ISLAND NATIONS
    • Table Small Caribbean islands - mobile operators - 2008
    • Table Caribbean countries - mobile subscribers and penetration − Sep 2007
  • CHILE
    • Table Chile - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Chile - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Chile - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Chile - prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Chile - mobile subscribers by major operator - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Chile - operator market share - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Chile - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • COLOMBIA
    • Table Colombia - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Colombia - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - mobile operators, technology and subscribers − September 2007
    • Table Colombia - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 2005 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - subscribers by major operator - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - mobile market share by major operator - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • COSTA RICA
    • Table Costa Rica - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Costa Rica - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1998 - 2007
    • Table Costa Rica - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
  • CUBA
    • Table Cuba - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Cuba - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1996 - 2007
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    • Table Dominican Republic - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - postpaid/prepaid ratio − 2001 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - mobile operator market share − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - Claro mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - forecast mobile subscribers - 2008; 2012; 2018
  • ECUADOR
    • Table Ecuador - mobile statistics - November 2007
    • Table Ecuador - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1996 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Ecuador - mobile subscribers by major operator - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - mobile operators' market share - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - prepaid subscriber ratio by operator - 2002 - 2007
  • EL SALVADOR
    • Table El Salvador - mobile key statistics - June 2006
    • Table El Salvador - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table El Salvador - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 2002 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - mobile subscribers by operator - 1996 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - mobile operators' market share - 2003 - 2007
  • GUATEMALA
    • Table Guatemala - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Guatemala - Mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Guatemala - mobile operators, technology and subscribers − September 2007
    • Table Guatemala - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 2002 - 2007
    • Table Guatemala - subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Guatemala - mobile operators' market share − 2000 - 2007
  • GUYANA
    • Table Guyana - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Guyana - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1998 - 2007
    • Table Guyana - mobile subscribers by operator − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Guyana - mobile market share − 2003 - 2007
  • HAITI
    • Table Haiti - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Haiti - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1998 - 2007
  • HONDURAS
    • Table Honduras - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Honduras - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Honduras - mobile operators, technology and subscribers − September 2007
    • Table Honduras - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 1997 - 2006
    • Table Honduras - mobile subscribers by operator − 2000 - 2007
    • Table Honduras - mobile operators' market share − 2002 - 2007
  • JAMAICA
    • Table Jamaica - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Jamaica - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Jamaica - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Jamaica - mobile market share by operator − 2003 - 2007
  • MEXICO
    • Table Mexico - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Mexico - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Mexico - mobile penetration by region − 2002 - 2006
    • Table Mexico - prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - monthly and yearly MOU - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - mobile subscribers by operator - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - Nextel Mexico churn and monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2006
    • Table Mexico - Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - Movistar churn, minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - forecast cellular subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
  • NICARAGUA
    • Table Nicaragua - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Nicaragua - mobile subscribers and penetration − 2000 - 2007
    • Table Nicaragua - mobile operators, technology and subscribers − September 2007
    • Table Nicaragua - postpaid/prepaid ratio − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Nicaragua - operators' mobile market share − 2004 - 2007
    • Table Nicaragua - subscribers by operator − 2002 - 2007
  • PANAMA
    • Table Panama - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Panama - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Panama - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Panama - postpaid/prepaid ratio − 1998 - 2006
    • Table Panama - operators' mobile market share − 2003 - 2007
    • Table Panama - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • PARAGUAY
    • Table Paraguay - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Paraguay - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1998 - 2007
    • Table Paraguay - mobile operators, technology and subscribers − September 2007
    • Table Paraguay - mobile operators market share − 2003 - 2007
  • PERU
    • Table Peru - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Peru - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1996 - 2007
    • Table Peru - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Peru - mobile technology market share - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Peru - prepaid/postpaid ratio − 2001 - 2007
    • Table Peru - market share by operator - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Peru - mobile subscribers by major operator- 2001 - 2007
    • Table Peru - SMS messages per company - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Peru - MMS sent per company - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Peru - forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • PUERTO RICO
    • Table Puerto Rico - mobile key statistics - 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - June 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - mobile market share by operator - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - forecast mobile subscribers - 2008; 2012; 2018
  • SURINAME
    • Table Suriname - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Suriname - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
  • URUGUAY
    • Table Uruguay - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Uruguay - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Uruguay - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Uruguay - mobile subscribers by operator − 1999 - 2007
    • Table Uruguay - mobile operators' market share − 2003 - 2007
  • VENEZUELA
    • Table Venezuela - mobile key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Venezuela - mobile subscribers and penetration − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2007
    • Table Venezuela - mobile technologies' market share - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio − 1997 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - mobile operators' market share - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - Movilnet mobile subscribers − 2000 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - Movistar mobile subscribers − 2000 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - SMS messages sent and annual change − 2002 - 2006
    • Table Venezuela - forecast mobile subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017

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