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Latin America - Mobile Communications Statistics (tables only)


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

This report provides 186 statistical tables for the mobile communications and mobile data activities, both on a regional and national level, for the major 26 South American and Caribbean countries.


Mobile penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean was approximately 80% in early 2009, well above the world average which was about 58%. With 458 million people owning a mobile phone in early 2009, Latin America and the Caribbean together hold approximately 12% of the world’s 3.97 billion mobile subscribers. Several countries, including Argentina, Jamaica, Uruguay, and Venezuela have passed the 100% penetration threshold. The region is becoming fertile soil for 3G W-CDMA services, following substantial increases in coverage and in subscriber numbers during 2008. In early 2009, there were about 5 million 3G subscribers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

  There are vast differences in mobile development throughout the region. Apart from some first-world Caribbean island nations, the highest mobile penetration rates in early 2009 could be found in Jamaica (115%), Argentina (110%), Uruguay (109%), and Venezuela (101%). By contrast, penetration was much lower in Bolivia (48%), Costa Rica (48%), and Nicaragua (52%). Cuba, the country with the region’s lowest mobile penetration, stagnated at 2.9%. Penetration in Haiti, the second lowest country, shot up from a 4.8% at end-2005 to 41% at end-2008 thanks to the launch of low-priced GSM services by Caribbean mobile giant Digicel, which entered the Haitian market in May 2006.

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

  Notes on scenario forecasts
Throughout the report, BuddeComm provides a number of scenario forecasts. The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

  •          This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band.
  •          The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data.
  •          All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

1. Regional Overview
1.1 Subscribers
1.2 Country comparisons
1.3 Operator statistics
1.4 ARPU
2. Argentina
2.1 Subscribers
2.2 Operator statistics
3. Belize
4. Bolivia
5. Brazil
5.1 Subscribers
5.2 Operator statistics
6. Caribbean Small Island Nations
7. Chile
7.1 Subscribers
7.2 Operator statistics
8. Colombia
8.1 Subscribers
8.2 Operator statistics
9. Costa Rica
10. Cuba
11. Dominican Republic
11.1 Operator statistics
12. Ecuador
12.1 Subscribers
12.2 Operator statistics
13. El Salvador
13.1 Subscribers
13.2 Operator statistics
14. Guatemala
14.1 Subscribers
14.2 Operator statistics
15. Guyana
15.1 Subscribers
15.2 Operator statistics
16. Haiti
17. Honduras
17.1 Subscribers
17.2 Operator statistics
18. Jamaica
19. Mexico
19.1 Subscribers
19.2 Operator statistics
20. Nicaragua
20.1 Subscribers
20.2 Operator statistics
21. Panama
21.1 Subscribers
21.2 Operator statistics
22. Paraguay
23. Peru
23.1 Subscribers
23.2 Operator statistics
23.3 Mobile data
24. Puerto Rico
24.1 Subscribers
24.2 Operator statistics
25. Suriname
26. Uruguay
26.1 Operator statistics
27. Venezuela
27.1 Subscribers
27.2 Operator statistics
27.3 Mobile data
List of Table
Table 1 - Latin America - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 2 - Latin America - market share by mobile technology - 2003 - 2008
Table 3 - Latin America - top 10 countries for mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2008
Table 4 - Latin America - countries ranked by penetration - 2008
Table 5 - Latin America - countries ranked by net additions, and annual growth - 2008
Table 6 - Latin America - 3G subscribers and penetration per country - 2007 - 2008
Table 7 - Latin America - top 10 local mobile operators ranked by subscriber numbers - 2008
Table 8 - Latin America - major international operators - subscribers, market share - 2007 - 2008
Table 9 - América Móvil - mobile subscribers and technology by country- 2007 - 2008
Table 10 - América Móvil - mobile ARPU by country - 2006 - 2008
Table 11 - América Móvil - MOU by country - 2006 - 2008
Table 12 - América Móvil - churn by country - 2006 - 2008
Table 13 - Telefónica - mobile subscribers and technology by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 14 - Telefónica - mobile ARPU by country - 2006 - 2008
Table 15 - Telefónica - MOU by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 16 - Telecom Italia - mobile subscribers and technology by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 17 - Millicom - mobile subscribers and technology by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 18 - Latin America - ARPU for major countries - 2006 - 2008
Table 19 - ARPU in Argentina - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 20 - ARPU in Brazil - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 21 - ARPU in Chile - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 22 - ARPU in Colombia - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 23 - ARPU in Mexico - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 24 - ARPU in Peru - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 25 - ARPU in Venezuela - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 26 - Argentina - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 27 - Argentina - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 28 - Argentina - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - September 2008
Table 29 - Argentina - forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 30 - Argentina - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2008
Table 31 - Argentina - mobile operators’ market share - 1999 - 2008
Table 32 - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 33 - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 34 - Telecom Personal - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 35 - Nextel Argentina - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2008
Table 36 - Argentina - mobile ARPU in Argentina - major operators - 2006 - 2008
Table 37 - Belize - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 38 - Belize - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 39 - Belize - mobile market share by operator - 2005 - 2008
Table 40 - BTL mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 41 - Bolivia - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 42 - Bolivia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 43 - Bolivia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 44 - Bolivia - mobile market share by operator - 2003 - 2008
Table 45 - Bolivia - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 46 - Brazil - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 47 - Brazil - mobile operators and subscribers - June 2008
Table 48 - Brazil - mobile subscribers by technology - 2002 - 2008
Table 49 - Brazil - market share by technology - 2002 - 2008
Table 50 - Brazil - market share annual change by technology - 2003 - 2008
Table 51 - Brazil - prepaid subscribers and prepaid market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 52 - Brazil - band A, B, D, and E subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 53 - Brazil - forecast mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 54 - Brazil - operator’s market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 55 - Brazil - evolution of ARPU - major operators - 2005 - 2007
Table 56 - Brazil - mobile subscribers by major operator - 2002 - 2008
Table 57 - Brazil - mobile subscribers by minor operator - 2002 - 2008
Table 58 - Caribbean countries - mobile subscribers and penetration, - 2008
Table 59 - Chile - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 60 - Chile - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 61 - Chile - mobile subscribers & technologies by operator - September 2008
Table 62 - Chile - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2008
Table 63 - Chile - forecast mobile subscribers & penetration rate - 2008 - 2018
Table 64 - Chile - operator market share - 1999 - 2008
Table 65 - Chile - ARPU in Chile - mobile operators - 2005 - 2007
Table 66 - Movistar mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 67 - Entel PCS mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 68 - Claro mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 69 - Columbia - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 70 - Columbia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 71 - Columbia - mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 72 - Columbia - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2005 - 2008
Table 73 - Columbia - forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 74 - Columbia - mobile market share by operator - 2002 - 2008
Table 75 - Columbia - ARPU by mobile operators - 2005 - 2007
Table 76 - Columbia - mobile subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 77 - Costa Rica - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 78 - Costa Rica - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 79 - Costa Rica - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 80 - Cuba - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 81 - Cuba - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2008
Table 82 - Dominican Republic - mobile statistics - September 2008
Table 83 - Dominican Republic - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 84 - Dominican Republic - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - 2008
Table 85 - Dominican Republic - postpaid/prepaid ratio - 2001 - 2008
Table 86 - Dominican Republic - forecast mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2013
Table 87 - Dominican Republic - mobile operator market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 88 - Claro mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2008
Table 89 - Ecuador - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 90 - Ecuador - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1996 - 2008
Table 91 - Ecuador - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 92 - Ecuador - prepaid subscriber ratio by operator - 2002 - 2008
Table 93 - Ecuador - mobile operators’ market share - 1996 - 2008
Table 94 - Ecuador - ARPU by operator - 2006 - 2008
Table 95 - Ecuador - mobile subscribers by operator - 1996 - 2008
Table 96 - El Salvador - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 97 - El Salvador - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 98 - El Salvador - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 99 - El Salvador - prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2002 - 2008
Table 100 - El Salvador - mobile operators’ market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 101 - El Salvador - mobile subscribers by operator - 1996 - 2008
Table 102 - Guatemala - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 103 - Guatemala - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 104 - Guatemala - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 105 - Guatemala - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2002 - 2008
Table 106 - Guatemala - market share by mobile operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 107 - Guatemala - mobile subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 108 - Guyana - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 109 - Guyana - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 110 - Guyana - mobile market share by operator - 2003 - 2008
Table 111 - Guyana - mobile subscribers by operator - 2003 - 2008
Table 112 - Haiti - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 113 - Haiti - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 114 - Honduras - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 115 - Honduras - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 116 - Honduras - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 117 - Honduras - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2007
Table 118 - Honduras - mobile operators’ market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 119 - Honduras -- mobile subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 120 - Jamaica - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 121 - Jamaica - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 122 - Jamaica - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - September 2008
Table 123 - Jamaica - mobile market share by operator - 2003 - 2008
Table 124 - Mexico - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 125 - Mexico - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2008
Table 126 - Mexico - mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 127 - Mexico - mobile penetration by region - 2002 - 2006
Table 128 - Mexico - prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 1997 - 2008
Table 129 - Mexico - monthly and yearly minutes of use - 2000 - 2007
Table 130 - Mexico - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 131 - Mexico - mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2008
Table 132 - Mexico - mobile subscribers by operator - 1998 - 2008
Table 133 - Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2007 - 2008
"Table 134 - Movistar churn, minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 135 - Nextel Mexico churn and monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2008
Table 136 - Nicaragua - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 137 - Nicaragua - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2008
Table 138 - Nicaragua - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 139 - Nicaragua - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2003 - 2008
Table 140 - Nicaragua - mobile market share by operator - 2002 - 2008
Table 141 - Nicaragua - mobile subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 142 - Panama - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 143 - Panama - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 144 - Panama - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 145 - Panama - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1998 - 2007
Table 146 - Panama - forecast mobile subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 147 - Panama - operators’ mobile market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 148 - Paraguay - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 149 - Paraguay - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 150 - Paraguay - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 151 - Paraguay - mobile operators’ market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 152 - Peru - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 153 - Peru - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 154 - Peru - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - September 2008
Table 155 - Peru - mobile market share by technology - 2004 - 2008
Table 156 - Peru - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2001 - 2008
Table 157 - Peru - forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 158 - Peru - mobile market share by operator - 1996 - 2008
Table 159 - Movistar’s mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 160 - Claro’s mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 161 - Nextel’s mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 162 - Peru - ARPU for mobile operators - 2005 - 2007
Table 163 - Peru - SMS by operator - 2004 - 2007
Table 164 - Peru - MMS by operator - 2004 - 2007
Table 165 - Puerto Rico - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 166 - Puerto Rico - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1997 - 2008
Table 167 - Puerto Rico - mobile operators, technology and subscribers - 2008
Table 168 - Puerto Rico - forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 169 - Puerto Rico - mobile market share by operator - 2003 - 2008
Table 170 - Suriname - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 171 - Suriname - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 172 - Uruguay - mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 173 - Uruguay - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 174 - Uruguay - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - 2008
Table 175 - Uruguay - mobile subscribers by operator - 1999 - 2008
Table 176 - Uruguay - market share by mobile operators - 2000 - 2008
Table 177 - Venezuela - mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 178 - Venezuela - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 179 - Venezuela - subscribers by operator and technology - September 2008
Table 180 - Venezuela - market share of mobile market by technology - 2004 - 2008
Table 181 - Venezuela - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2008
Table 182 - Venezuela - forecast mobile subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 183 - Venezuela - market share by mobile operator - 2001 - 2008
Table 184 - Venezuela - mobile subscribers by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 185 - Venezuela - ARPU for various mobile operators - 2005 - 2007

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