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Latin America - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs


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Latin America - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs

Latin American MNOs expecting further competition into 2016

Latin America’s mobile market is dominated by four multinational operators, which together account for about 75% of the region’s subscribers. This proportion has been stable for a number of years but is being slowly eroded as regulatory measures facilitate the entry of MVNOs. In part this has been made possible by regulators setting aside auctioned spectrum for new market entrants, and by auction rules which oblige licensees of some spectrum bands to host MVNOs.

Mexico’s América Móvil is the largest player in the region, operating in a large number of countries. The company also has a significant presence in the US via its MVNO Tracfone, and has made greater inroads into Europe where it has a presence in Austria and the Netherlands via its interest in the respective incumbent operators. These investments were intended as a launching pad for ventures elsewhere in the region, with varying success. América Móvil during 2015 expressed further interest in expanding into Eastern European markets, which are considered ripe for further development and more likely to return dividends on investments made.

The second largest operator in Latin America remains Telefónica, operating under the Movistar brand in all markets except Brazil, where it operates under the Vivo brand. Brazil is Telefónica’s key market in the region, where it has over 81 million mobile subscribers and generated revenue of some €7.6 billion in 2014.

In Mexico, a new regulatory regime was recently introduced aimed at curbing the dominance of América Móvil, which controls 70% of the wireless market and 80% of landlines. The operator is obliged to reduce its market share to below 50%, and to this end it has made moves to sell its local assets regionally. The process has made room for other operators both locally and from AT&T, which acquired Nextel Mexico in April 2015. During 2015 there were moves to facilitate access to services between the Mexico and the US, with Telcel having launched its Sin Fronteras Plan (No Borders Plan) under which customers can make calls from Mexico to the US charged as a local call. In the US, customers can use the minutes, SMS and data on their plans as if they were in Mexico, with no roaming charges.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • STATISTICAL OVERVIEW OF OPERATOR SUBSCRIBERS
    • Table LAC's major mobile operators - subscribers - 2010 - 2014
    • Table América Móvil - subscribers in the LAC region - 2010 - 2014
    • Table Telefónica - subscribers in the LAC region - 2010 - 2014
    • Table Telecom Italia - subscribers in the LAC region - 2010 - 2014
    • Table Millicom International Cellular - subscribers in the LAC region - 2010 - 2014
  • ARGENTINA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
        • Table Argentina - Claro at a glance
        • Table Argentina - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Claro - wireless revenue - 2013 - 2015
      • Telecom Personal
        • Table Argentina - Telecom Personal at a glance
        • Table Argentina - Personal - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Personal - mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Argentina - Personal - mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2014
      • Movistar
        • Table Argentina - Movistar at a glance
        • Table Argentina - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Movistar - mobile revenue - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Movistar - mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2015
      • Nextel Argentina
        • Table Argentina - Nextel mobile revenue - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Nextel mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Argentina - Nextel - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNO)
      • Nuestro Móvil
      • Libre.ar
  • BELIZE
    • OVERVIEW OF BELIZE'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • BTL (DigiCell)
      • SpeedNet (Smart)
  • BOLIVIA
    • OVERVIEW OF BOLIVIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Entel Movil
        • Table Bolivia - Entel - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Bolivia - Entel - 4G mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2013
      • Tigo (Telecel)
        • Table Bolivia - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2015
      • Viva (NuevaTel)
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
  • BRAZIL
    • OVERVIEW OF BRAZIL'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS)
      • Overview
        • Table Brazil - Mobile operators' market share - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - 3G/mobile broadband market share by operator - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
      • Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
        • Table Brazil - Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
        • Table Brazil - Vivo mobile revenue (R$) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Brazil - Vivo financial data (€) - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Vivo mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Vivo/Telemig- mobile subscribers (historic) - 2002 - 2007
        • Table Brazil - Vivo - concessions
      • TIM Brasil
        • Table TIM Brasil at a glance
        • Table TIM Brasil - mobile financial data - 2010 - 2015
        • Table TIM Brasil - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table TIM Brasil - concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
      • Claro
        • Table Claro Brasil at a glance
        • Table Brazil - Claro mobile revenue - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Claro - concessions
      • Oi
        • Table Brazil - Oi (TNL PCS) at a glance
        • Table Brazil - Oi mobile revenue by sector - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Oi - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Brazil - Oi/Amazônia/BrT - mobile subscribers -2002 - 2008 (historic)
        • Table Brazil - Oi - concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M
      • Nextel Brasil
        • Table Brazil - NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Nextel Brazil revenue (US$) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Nextel Brazil - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
      • CTBC/Algar Telecom
        • Table Brazil - Algar Telecom mobile revenue - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Brazil - Algar Telecom mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2015
      • Sercomtel Celular
        • Table Brazil - Sercomtel - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2015
      • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNO)
      • Table Brazil - MVNO subscribers - 2012 - 2014
      • Porto Seguro
        • Table Brazil - Port Seguro mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
      • Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Correios
  • CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES
    • OVERVIEW OF MOBILE MARKETS IN THE CARIBBEAN
    • MAJOR TELECOM OPERATORS IN THE CARIBBEAN
      • LIME (Cable & Wireless)
        • Table Caribbean - LIME financial data - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Caribbean - LIME revenue by sector - 2010 - 2014
      • Digicel
        • Table Digicel's Caribbean operations
        • Table Caribbean - Digicel Group financial data - 2010 - 2013
  • CHILE
    • OVERVIEW OF CHILE'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Table Chile - Mobile operators' market share- 2000 - 2014
      • Entel PCS
        • Table Chile - Entel PCS at a glance
        • Table Chile - Entel PCS - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Chile - Entel PCS - mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
        • Table Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
        • Table Chile - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Chile - Movistar - mobile revenue - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Chile - Movistar - operational metrics - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Chile -Movistar ARPU - 2013 - 2015
      • Claro Chile (América Móvil)
        • Table Chile - Claro at a glance
        • Table Chile - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Chile - Claro mobile revenue - 2012 - 2015
      • WOM (Nextel Chile)
        • Table Chile - WOM - mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • VTR
        • Table Chile - VTR - mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
      • Overview
        • Table Chile - MVNO subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2014
      • GTD Móvil
      • Virgin Mobile Chile
        • Table Chile - Virgin Mobile - mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
      • Falabella Móvil
  • COLOMBIA
    • OVERVIEW OF COLOMBIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (Comcel/América Móvil)
        • Table Colombia - Comcel (trading as Claro) at a glance
        • Table Colombia - Claro subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Colombia - Claro mobile service revenue - 2013 - 2015
      • Movistar (Telefónica/Colombia Telecomunicaciones)
        • Table Colombia - Movistar at a glance
        • Table Colombia - Movistar subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Colombia - Movistar financial data - 2013 - 2015
      • Tigo (Colombia Móvil/Millicom, EPM, ETB)
        • Table Colombia - Tigo at a glance
        • Table Colombia - Tigo subscribers - 2003 - 2015
        • Table Colombia - Tigo financial data - 2010 - 2013
      • Avantel
        • Table Colombia - Avantel mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2015
      • UNE-EPM
        • Table Colombia - UNE-EPM mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Market analysis
      • Uff! Móvil
        • Table Colombia - Uff! mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
      • ETB
        • Table Colombia - ETB mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2014
      • Metrotel
      • Emcali
      • Virgin Mobile
        • Table Colombia - Virgin Mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2015
      • Móvil Éxito
        • Table Colombia - Móvil Exito subscribers - 2013 - 2015
  • COSTA RICA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • ICE (Kölbi, ICE Cellular)
        • Table Costa Rica - ICE mobile subscribers 2013 - 2014
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table Costa Rica - Claro mobile subscribers 2013 - 2014
      • Movistar (Telefónica Costa Rica)
        • Table Costa Rica - Movistar mobile subscribers 2013 - 2014
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
      • Table Costa Rica - MVNO mobile subscribers by provider 2011 - 2014
  • CUBA
    • OVERVIEW OF CUBA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • ETECSA
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    • OVERVIEW OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S MOBILE PHONE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
      • Orange Dominicana
        • Table Orange Dominicana subscribers - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Orange Dominicana revenue - 2008 - 2014
      • Tricom
      • VIVA (formerly Trilogy Dominicana)
  • ECUADOR
    • OVERVIEW OF ECUADOR'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Ecuador - Historic - Mobile operators' market share - 1997 - 2004
      • Table Ecuador - Mobile operators' market share - 2005 - 2015
      • Claro (Conecel)
        • Table Ecuador - Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Ecuador - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Movistar (Otecel)
        • Table Ecuador - Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Ecuador - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Ecuador - Movistar mobile financial data - 2012 - 2013
      • CNT
        • Table Ecuador - CNT - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2015
  • EL SALVADOR
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tigo (Millicom)
        • Table El Salvador - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 1997 - 2015
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table El Salvador - Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2008
      • Movistar (Telefónica Móviles)
        • Table El Salvador - Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2008
      • Digicel
        • Table El Salvador - Digicel - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2008; 2014
      • RED (Intelfon)
        • Table El Salvador - Historic - RED - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2008
  • GUATEMALA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS - 2015
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tigo (Millicom)
        • Table Guatemala - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table Guatemala - Claro - mobile subscribers (historic) - 2000 - 2013
      • Movistar (Telefónica)
        • Table Guatemala - Movistar - Central American revenue - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Guatemala - Movistar - mobile subscribers (Central America) - 2009 - 2015
      • RED (Intelfon)
  • GUYANA
    • OVERVIEW OF GUYANA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Cellink (GT&T)
        • Table Guyana - GT&T mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2014
      • Digicel Guyana
  • HAITI
    • OVERVIEW OF HAITI'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Digicel
        • Table Haiti - Digicel financial data - 2012; 2014 - 2015
        • Table Haiti - Digicel mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Comcel (Voilà)
      • Haiti Telecommunications International (HaiTel)
      • Natcom
      • Rectel (Teleco)
  • HONDURAS
    • OVERVIEW OF THE HONDURAN MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tigo/Celtel (Millicom)
        • Table Honduras - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Claro/Sercom (América Móvil)
        • Table Honduras - Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2008
      • Hondutel
      • Digicel
  • JAMAICA
    • OVERVIEW
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Digicel
      • Claro
      • LIME
  • MEXICO
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Mexico - Telcel subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Mexico - Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Mexico - Telcel wireless service revenue - 2010 - 2015
      • Movistar
        • Table Mexico -Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Mexico -Movistar minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Mexico -Movistar financial data - 2008 - 2015
      • Grupo Iusacell
        • Table Mexico - Iusacell subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Mexico - Iusacell financial data - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Mexico - Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) - 2000 - 2007
      • Nextel de México
        • Table Mexico - Nextel Mexico financial data - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Mexico - Nextel Mexico subscribers - 2012 - 2013
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
  • NICARAGUA
    • OVERVIEW OF NICARAGUA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table Nicaragua - Historic - Claro mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2008
      • Movistar (Telefónica)
        • Table Nicaragua Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2008
  • PANAMA
    • OVERVIEW OF PANAMA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • +Móvil (C&WP)
        • Table Panama - C&WP - mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • Movistar (Telefónica)
      • Digicel Panamá
      • Claro Panamá (América Móvil)
  • PARAGUAY
    • OVERVIEW OF PARAGUAY'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
        • Table Paraguay - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
      • Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)
        • Table Paraguay - Personal - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Paraguay - Personal - handset sales - 2011 - 2013
        • Table Paraguay - Personal ARPU - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Paraguay - Personal mobile revenue - 2011 - 2015
      • Claro (América Móvil)
      • Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
  • PERU
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
        • Table Telefónica Móviles Perú at a glance
        • Table Movistar Peru - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Movistar Peru mobile revenue - 2001 - 2015
      • Claro Perú (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro Perú at a glance
        • Table Claro Peru mobile revenue - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Claro Peru - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2015
      • Entel Perú
        • Table Mobile Perú at a glance
        • Table Mobile Peru subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Mobile Peru subscribers by type - 2013 - 2014
      • Viettel Peru (Bitel)
        • Table Viettel Peru mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2015
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
  • PUERTO RICO
    • OVERVIEW OF PUERTO RICO'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • AT&T Mobility
      • Claro (América Móvil)
      • T-Mobile
      • Sprint PCS
      • Open Mobile
  • SURINAME
    • OVERVIEW OF SURINAME'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • TeleG (Telesur)
      • Digicel
      • Uniqa
  • URUGUAY
    • OVERVIEW OF URUGUAY'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Antel
        • Table Uruguay - Antel - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • Movistar
        • Table Uruguay - Movistar - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
      • Claro
        • Table Uruguay - Claro - mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2014
  • VENEZUELA
    • OVERVIEW OF VENEZUELA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Venezuela - Market share of mobile operators - 2001 - 2013
      • Movilnet (CANTV)
        • Table Venezuela - Movilnet at a glance
        • Table Venezuela Movilnet - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Movistar (Telefónica)
        • Table Venezuela Movistar at a glance
        • Table Venezuela - Movistar subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Digitel
        • Table Venezuela - Digitel at a glance

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