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Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure


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Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure

Latin American market set for LTE investment into 2016

In common with other regional areas globally, mobile network operators in Latin America are gearing up for further investment in network infrastructure into 2016 as customer demand for mobile data reaches new heights. Investment has been dominated by the major regional carriers, which include América Móvil, Telefónica, Millicom, and, in the Caribbean, Digicel.

Much of this demand has been spurred by consumer adoption of OTT video services across the region, and the growing preference for viewing content on smartphones equipped with larger screens. Data traffic initiated by SVoD services is placing considerable strain on network capacity, obliging MNOs to invest in network upgrades with new technologies including LTE-Advanced. The ability of MNOs to adopt carrier aggregation technologies has been made possible by the release of spectrum in a range of bands, which are generally technology neutral. Much spectrum has been made available in the 700MHz band, released following the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting which has progressed into 2015.

Operators are also encouraged to invest in expanding their networks to provide access to services to a greater proportion of the population. This entails reaching some of those rural areas which have hitherto been deemed uncommercial and so left underserved. Operators are supported by regulatory measures which have encouraged network sharing, and by government programs which have subsidised network build in some areas as part of national broadband strategies aimed at developing universal access to services.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • ARGENTINA
    • OVERVIEW
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Third Generation (3G; UMTS)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Mobile satellite
  • BELIZE
    • OVERVIEW OF BELIZE'S MOBILE MARKET
  • BOLIVIA
    • OVERVIEW OF BOLIVIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE NETWORKS (UMTS) AND MOBILE BROADBAND
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • BRAZIL
    • OVERVIEW OF BRAZIL'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
      • Table Brazil -Mobile market share by technology - 2004 - 2015
    • ANALOGUE NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • GSM
        • Table Brazil - GSM subscribers - 2014 - 2015
      • 3G
        • Table Brazil - 3G network launches by operator - 2007 - 2008
        • Table Brazil - 3G municipal coverage - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - 3G subscribers and penetration - 2008 - 2015
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
        • Table Brazil - LTE subscribers - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - LTE subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - LTE subscriber market share by operator - 2014 - 2015
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Femtocells
      • Satellite mobile
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table Brazil -M2M terminals (standard) - 2008 - 2015
  • CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES
    • OVERVIEW OF MOBILE MARKETS IN THE CARIBBEAN
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • CHILE
    • OVERVIEW OF CHILE'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • SECOND GENERATION (2G) MOBILE
      • Table Chile - 2G subscribers - 2013 - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Table Chile - 3G subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Chile - Operators' 3G market share - 2009 - 2013
      • Table Chile - Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers, market share - 2006 - 2013
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
      • Table Chile - 4G subscribers - 2013 - 2014
  • COLOMBIA
    • OVERVIEW OF COLOMBIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • GSM
      • 3G/UMTS
        • Table Colombia - 3G subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
        • Table Colombia - LTE subscribers - 2012 - 2014
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
      • Satellite mobile
  • COSTA RICA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Costa Rica - Number of authorised telecom service operators - 2011 - 2014
      • Table Costa Rica - Telecom sector revenue - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Costa Rica - Revenue by sector - 2011 - 2014
      • Table Costa Rica - Revenue market share by sector - 2011 - 2014
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Third Generation (3G)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • CUBA
    • OVERVIEW OF CUBA'S MOBILE MARKET
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    • OVERVIEW OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S MOBILE PHONE MARKET
    • HIGH CAPACITY MOBILE VOICE/DATA SERVICES (1XRTT)
    • GENERAL PACKET RADIO SERVICE (GPRS)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • ECUADOR
    • OVERVIEW OF ECUADOR'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
      • Table Ecuador - Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology - 2001 - 2014
    • SECOND GENERATION (2G) MOBILE -GSM/CDMA
      • Table Ecuador - GSM subscribers - 2003 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE -UMTS/HSPA
      • Table Ecuador - 3G subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Ecuador - HSPA+ subscribers - 2012 - 2015
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) MOBILE - LTE
    • SATELLITE MOBILE SERVICES
  • EL SALVADOR
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Third generation (3G)
      • Mobile satellite
  • GUATEMALA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - 2015
    • ANALOGUE NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Third generation (3G) mobile
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Mobile satellite
  • GUYANA
    • OVERVIEW OF GUYANA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • HAITI
    • OVERVIEW OF HAITI'S MOBILE MARKET
  • HONDURAS
    • OVERVIEW OF THE HONDURAN MOBILE MARKET
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) MOBILE
      • Table Honduras - Spectrum band allocations for LTE - 2013
      • Table Honduras - Spectrum auction awards - October 2013
    • LTE
  • JAMAICA
    • OVERVIEW
    • 700MHZ AUCTION
    • 1710MHZ AND 2200MHZ
  • MEXICO
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Open networks
      • Satellite mobile
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
  • NICARAGUA
    • OVERVIEW OF NICARAGUA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
  • PANAMA
    • OVERVIEW OF PANAMA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE NETWORKS (UMTS)
    • HSPA+
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • SATELLITE BROADBAND
  • PARAGUAY
    • OVERVIEW OF PARAGUAY'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • SPECTRUM AUCTION - 1700MHZ AND 2100MHZ
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
  • PERU
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Mobile satellite
  • PUERTO RICO
    • OVERVIEW OF PUERTO RICO'S MOBILE MARKET
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • SURINAME
    • OVERVIEW OF SURINAME'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
  • URUGUAY
    • OVERVIEW OF URUGUAY'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION MOBILE
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • VENEZUELA
    • OVERVIEW OF VENEZUELA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • INFRASTRUCTURE OVERVIEW
    • CDMA
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • MOBILE SATELLITE

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