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2008 Latin America - Telecoms and Fixed-line Statistics (tables only)


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This report provides 123 statistical tables relating to the telecom markets of 26 Latin American countries, and is extracted from the full annual market reports


Most telecom markets in Latin America have been both privatised and liberalised. Privatisation, however, has met with considerable opposition in a number of countries. While private investment has contributed to rapid growth in the non-basic services, such as mobile and long distance telephony, fixed lines have virtually ceased to grow, despite a low 18% teledensity. Countries with poor infrastructure have leapfrogged into new applications such as VoIP and WiMAX. However, telecom laws lag behind technological advances, leaving numerous grey areas that have resulted in acrimonious legal battles among companies, regulators, and governments.

In Latin America, telecom infrastructure varies from nonexistent to rudimentary, and from adequate to well advanced. Despite a low 18% teledensity (USA’s teledensity is almost 60%), fixed-line growth has stagnated since 2001 even in the major markets. This basic telephony stagnation is coupled with a general shift from fixed-line to mobile phones. On a positive note, there is a growing demand for high-speed data services, and fixed-line operators are looking to ADSL services to increase their revenue potential. A number of fixed-line companies have also introduced prepaid voice services in order to reduce payment defaults.

Latin America is also becoming one of the world’s most promising broadband markets, growing at a CAGR of 54% from 2003 to 2007. The region’s broadband leaders are Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile, and in early 2008, these five countries accounted for around 86% of all broadband subscribers in the region. The options most available are DSL, cable modem, and wireless broadband. Of these, ADSL has emerged as the clear leader.

The build out of fibre optic networks continues to grow, driven by the explosion of the mobile markets, the increase in broadband access in the local loop, and the growth of Internet and IP based services. There has, however, been hardly any activity in terms of FttH deployments. This report provides 123 statistical tables relating to the telecom 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.

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 - total GDP and GDP growth by country (estimates) - 2007
    • Table Latin America - GDP per capita by country - 2006 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2007
    • Table Latin America - fixed lines in service and teledensity by country - 2003 - 2007
  • ARGENTINA
    • Table Argentina - national key statistics - October 2007
    • Table Argentina - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - public phones - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - fixed lines in service by major operator - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Argentina - forecast fixed-line subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • BELIZE
    • Table Belize - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table Belize - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Belize - BTL - Fixed lines and payphones - 2002 - 2007
  • BOLIVIA
    • Table Bolivia - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table Bolivia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
    • Table Bolivia - fixed-line to mobile ratio - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Bolivia - public payphones - 1997 - 2006
  • BRAZIL
    • Table Brazil - key national statistics - 2008
    • Table Brazil - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - public payphones - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - operators' market share of fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - Brasil Telecom's fixed lines in service and digitisation - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - Telesp's fixed lines in service and digitisation - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - Oi's fixed lines in service and digitisation - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - GVT's fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - GVT - connected VoIP subscribers - 2005 - 2007
    • Table Brazil - forecast fixed-line growth - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • CARIBBEAN SMALL ISLAND NATIONS
    • Table Small Caribbean islands - GDP/capita and fixed-line operators - 2008
    • Table Caribbean countries - fixed lines in service and teledensity1 - 2006
  • CHILE
    • Table Chile - national key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Chile - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Chile - public phones - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Chile - Entel and Telefónica Chile - market share of ILD and DLD traffic - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Chile - lines in service by major operator - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Chile - major local telephony operators' market share - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Chile - forecast fixed line subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • COLOMBIA
    • Table Colombia - national key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Colombia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - telecom lines in service by major operator - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - fixed lines in service - major operators' market share - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - ILD outgoing traffic: market share by operator - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - DLD traffic: market share by major operator - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - telecoms revenue - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Colombia - telecoms revenue by segment - 2006
    • Table Colombia - forecast fixed-line growth - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • COSTA RICA
    • Table Costa Rica - national key statistics- 2008
    • Table Costa Rica - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Costa Rica - public payphones - 2000 - 2006
  • CUBA
    • Table Cuba - national key statistics - 2007
    • Table Cuba - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    • Table Dominican Republic - national key statistics- 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - public phones - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - WLL lines in service - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Dominican Republic - fixed lines in service by operator - 1996 - 2006
    • Table Dominican Republic - forecast fixed-line subscribers - 2008; 2012; 2018
  • ECUADOR
    • Table Ecuador - national key statistics - November 2007
    • Table Ecuador - fixed lines in service, teledensity, and digitisation - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - public telephones - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - lines in service by major operator - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - market share of mainlines in service by operator - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Ecuador - digitisation by major operator - 2001 - 2007
  • EL SALVADOR
    • Table El Salvador - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table El Salvador - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - public payphones - 1998 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - Telecom - fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2007
    • Table El Salvador - Telefónica - fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service - 2003 - 2007
  • GUATEMALA
    • Table Guatemala - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table Guatemala - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Guatemala - public and community phones - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Guatemala - fixed lines in service - market share by operator - 2002 - 2007
  • GUYANA
    • Table Guyana - key national statistics - September 2007
    • Table Guyana - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
  • HAITI
    • Table Haiti - national key statistics - 2007
    • Table Haiti - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2007
  • HONDURAS
    • Table Honduras - Country statistics - 2008
    • Table Honduras - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Honduras - public telephones - 1997 - 2006
    • Table Honduras - no. operators: fixed, mobile, data, ISP and CATV markets - 2004 - 2006
    • Table Honduras - market share of fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2007
  • JAMAICA
    • Table Jamaica - national key statistics - 2007
    • Table Jamaica - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
  • MEXICO
    • Table Mexico - national key statistics - 2007
    • Table Mexico - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - lines in service by operator - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - Alestra lines in service by customer - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Mexico - forecast fixed-lines - 2008; 2013; 2018
  • NICARAGUA
    • Table Nicaragua - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table Nicaragua - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
    • Table Nicaragua - public phones - 1998 - 2007
  • PANAMA
    • Table Panama - national key statistics - 2008
    • Table Panama - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2006
    • Table Panama - public telephones - 1998 - 2006
    • Table Panama - number of telecom concessions - March 2007
    • Table Panama - forecast fixed-line subscribers - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • PARAGUAY
    • Table Paraguay - national key statistics 2008
    • Table Paraguay - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2007
  • PERU
    • Table Peru - national key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Peru - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
    • Table Peru - public telephones - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Peru - fibre optic cable length - 2002 - 2007
    • Table Peru - number of licensed operators per service - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Peru - fixed lines in service by major operator - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Peru - share of fixed lines in service (top four operators) - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Peru - share of domestic long distance traffic (top five operators) - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Peru - international long distance outgoing traffic share (top five operators) - 2000 - 2007
    • Table Peru - forecast fixed-line growth - 2007; 2012; 2017
  • PUERTO RICO
    • Table Puerto Rico - national key statistics- 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
    • Table Puerto Rico - PRTC residential/corporate fixed-lines in service - 1998 - 2007
    • Table Puerto Rico - forecast fixed-line growth - 2008; 2012; 2018
  • SURINAME
    • Table Suriname - national key statistics 2008
    • Table Suriname - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2006
  • URUGUAY
    • Table Uruguay - national key statistics - June 2007
    • Table Uruguay - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Uruguay - public payphones - 1997 - 2007
  • VENEZUELA
    • Table Venezuela - national key statistics - September 2007
    • Table Venezuela - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - public payphones - 1997 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2001 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - operators' fixed-line market share - 2003 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - CANTV fixed-lines and market share - 1999 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - Movistar WLL lines - 2004 - 2007
    • Table Venezuela - forecast fixed-line growth - 2007; 2012; 2017

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