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

This report provides 139 statistical tables for the telecom and fixed-line activities, both on a regional and national level, for the major 26 South American and Caribbean countries.


In the LAC region, telecom infrastructure varies from nonexistent to rudimentary, and from adequate to well advanced. Despite a low 18% teledensity, fixed-line growth in most LAC countries has stagnated since 2001. Operators have reached their service goals for line installation, and consumers increasingly favour mobile over fixed-line. There is, however, 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 introduced prepaid voice services in order to reduce payment defaults. Nevertheless, the fixed line market is likely to remain in its present stagnant condition, not helped by the global recession.

  The roll out of fibre optic networks continues to grow in Latin America, driven by the explosion of the mobile markets, the increase in broadband access, and the growth of IP-based services. There has, however, been hardly any activity in terms of FttH deployments.

  Most telecom markets in Latin America have been both privatised and liberalised. Those that are still monopolies are striving towards an open market, but the privatisation trend has been reversed. Two countries, Venezuela and Bolivia, have renationalised their telecom incumbents, while other countries where the main telco is still state-owned have shown no interest in selling it to the private market.

  When it comes to fixed lines, it is not easy for new entrants to roll out a network that can compete with the incumbents. Even with the deployment of alternative technologies, in most countries the historical telecom operators continue to dominate the basic telephony sector. Nevertheless, their market share is being eroded in a few countries, especially thanks to WLL, WiMAX, and triple play solutions offered by cable TV companies.

  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 Infrastructure
1.2 Country comparisons
1.3 Operator statistics
2. Argentina
2.1 Infrastructure and subscribers
2.2 Operator statistics
3. Belize
4. Bolivia
4.1 Infrastructure
4.2 Operator statistics
5. Brazil
5.1 Infrastructure
5.2 Subscribers
5.3 Operator statistics
6. Caribbean Small Island Nations
7. Chile
7.1 Infrastructure and subscribers
7.2 Operator statistics
8. Colombia
8.1 Industry financial statistics
8.2 Infrastructure and subscribers
8.3 Operator statistics
9. Costa Rica
10. Cuba
11. Dominican Republic
12. Ecuador
12.1 Infrastructure
12.2 Operator statistics
13. El Salvador
14. Guatemala
14.1 Infrastructure
14.2 Operator statistics
15. Guyana
16. Haiti
17. Honduras
17.1 Infrastructure
17.2 Operator statistics
18. Jamaica
19. Mexico
19.1 Infrastructure and subscriber forecasts
19.2 Operator statistics
20. Nicaragua
21. Panama
21.1 Infrastructure
22. Paraguay
23. Peru
23.1 Industry financial statistics
23.2 Infrastructure and subscribers
23.3 Operator statistics
24. Puerto Rico
25. Suriname
26. Uruguay
26.1 Industry financial statistics
26.2 Infrastructure
27. Venezuela
27.1 Infrastructure
27.2 Subscribers
27.3 Industry financial statistics
27.4 Operator statistics
List of Tables
Table 1 - Latin America - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2008
Table 2 - Latin America - fixed lines in service and teledensity by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 3 - Latin America - top 10 countries for fixed lines in service - 2007 - 2008
Table 4 - Latin America - GDP and GDP growth by country (estimates) - 2008
Table 5 - Latin America - GDP per capita by country - 2007 - 2008
Table 6 - Latin America - top ten fixed-line operators by lines in service - 2007 - 2008
Table 7 - Latin America - top ten fixed-line operators by revenue - 2008
Table 8 - Latin America - International operators - subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2007
Table 9 - Argentina - national key statistics - 2008
Table 10 - Argentina - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 11 - Argentina - public phones - 1996 - 2008
Table 12 - Argentina - forecast fixed line growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 13 - Argentina - fixed lines in service - market share - 2003 - 2007
Table 14 - TASA fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2008
Table 15 - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2008
Table 16 - Belize - national key statistics - 2008
Table 17 - Belize - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2008
Table 18 - BTL - Fixed lines and payphones - 2003 - 2008
Table 19 - Bolivia - national key statistics - 2008
Table 20 - Bolivia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 21 - Bolivia - public payphones in service - 1998 - 2008
Table 22 - Bolivia - fixed-line / mobile market share - 1996 - 2008
Table 23 - Entel - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2007
Table 24 - Brazil - national key statistics - 2008
Table 25 - Brazil - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2008
Table 26 - Brazil - public payphones - 1998 - 2008
Table 27 - Brazil - net connected voice clients - 2006 - 2008
Table 28 - Brazil - forecast fixed-line subscribers & teledensity - 2008 - 2018
Table 29 - Brazil - operators’ market share of fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2008
Table 30 - Oi fixed lines in service and digitisation rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 31 - Brasil Telecom fixed lines in service and digitisation rate - 1998 - 2008
Table 32 - Telesp fixed lines in service and digitisation rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 33 - GVT fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2008
Table 34 - GVT - connected VoIP subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 35 - Small Caribbean islands - GDP/capita and fixed-line operators - 2008
Table 36 - Caribbean countries - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2007
Table 37 - Chile - national key statistics - 2008
Table 38 - Chile - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2008
Table 39 - Chile - public phones - 2000 - 2008
Table 40 - Chile - forecast fixed-line subscribers & teledensity - 2008 - 2018
Table 41 - Chile - major operators - market share of fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 42 - Entel & Telefónica Chile - market share of ILD & DLD traffic - 2001 - 2008
Table 43 - Telefónica Chile’s lines in service - 1999 - 2008
Table 44 - Chile - lines in service for major operators - 2001 - 2008
Table 45 - Colombia - national key statistics - 2008
Table 46 - Colombia - telecom revenue - 2000 - 2007
Table 47 - Colombia - telecom revenue by segment - 2007
Table 48 - Colombia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 49 - Colombia - teledensity by department - 2007 - 2008
Table 50 - Colombia - forecast fixed line subscribers and teledensity - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 51 - Colombia - major operators’ market share of fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2008
Table 52 - Colombia - DLD traffic: market share by operator - 1999 - 2007
Table 53 - Colombia - ILD outgoing traffic: market share by operator - 1999 - 2007
Table 54 -- Colombia - lines in service by operator - 2000 - 2008
Table 55 - Costa Rica - national key statistics- 2008
Table 56 - Costa Rica - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2008
Table 57 - Costa Rica - public payphones - 1998 - 2008
Table 58 - Cuba - national key statistics - 2008
Table 59 - Cuba - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 60 - Dominican Republic - national key statistics - 2008
Table 61 - Dominican Republic - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 62 - Dominican Republic - public phones - 1997 - 2008
Table 63 - Dominican Republic - WLL lines in service - 1999 - 2008
Table 64 - Ecuador - national key statistics - 2008
Table 65 - Ecuador - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2009
Table 66 - Ecuador - public telephones - 2003 - 2008
Table 67 - Ecuador - operators’ market share of fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2009
Table 68 - CNT (previously Andinatel and Pacifictel) - lines in service - 2001 - 2009
Table 69 - Etapa - lines in service - 2001 - 2009
Table 70 - El Salvador - national key statistics- 2008
Table 71 - El Salvador - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 72 - El Salvador - public payphones - 1998 - 2008
Table 73 - Telecom - fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2008
Table 74 - Guatemala - national key statistics- 2008
Table 75 - Guatemala - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 76 - Guatemala - public and community phones - 2003 - 2008
Table 77 - Guatemala - market share fixed lines in service by major operators - 2002 - 2008
Table 78 - Guyana - national key statistics - 2008
Table 79 - Guyana - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 80 - Haiti - national key statistics - 2008
Table 81 - Haiti - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2008
Table 82 - Honduras - national key statistics - 2008
Table 83 - Honduras - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 84 - Honduras - public telephones - 1997 - 2008
Table 85 - Honduras - number of operators by market - 2004 - 2007
Table 86 - Honduras - market share of fixed lines in service - 2003 - 2007
Table 87 - Hondutel - fixed lines in service - 1997 - 2007
Table 88 - Jamaica - national key statistics - 2008
Table 89 - Jamaica - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 90 - Mexico - national key statistics - 2008
Table 91 - Mexico - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 92 - Mexico - forecast fixed line subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 93 - Telmex lines in service - 1997 - 2008
Table 94 - Alestra lines in service by sector - 1999 - 2007
Table 95 - Axtel lines in service - 2002 - 2007
Table 96 - Maxcom lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 97 - Nicaragua - national key statistics - 2008
Table 98 - Nicaragua - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
Table 99 - Nicaragua - public phones - 1998 - 2007
Table 100 - Panama - national key statistics - 2008
Table 101 - Panama - number of telecom concessions - March 2009
Table 102 - Panama - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998 - 2008
Table 103 - Panama - public telephones - 1998 - 2008
Table 104 - Panama - forecast fixed line subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 105 - Paraguay - national key statistics - 2008
Table 106 - Paraguay - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2008
Table 107 - Peru - national key statistics - 2008
Table 108 - Peru - telecom revenue - 2005 - 2007
Table 109 - Peru - telecom revenue by segment - 2007
Table 110 - Peru - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 111 - Peru - public telephones - 1997 - 2008
Table 112 - Peru - fibre optic cable length - 2002 - 2008
Table 113 - Peru - FITEL Rural Projects Program
Table 114 - Peru - forecast fixed line growth - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 115 - Peru - number of licensed operators per service - 1997, 2001, 2006 - 2008
Table 116 - Peru - share of fixed lines in service (top four operators) - 2001 - 2008
Table 117 - Peru - share of domestic long distance traffic (top four operators) - 2000 - 2008
Table 118 - Peru - share of int. long distance outgoing traffic (top four operators) - 2000 - 2008
Table 119 - Peru - fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 120 - Puerto Rico - national key statistics - 2008
Table 121 - Puerto Rico - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
Table 122 - Puerto Rico - forecast fixed line growth - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 123 - PRTC residential/corporate fixed-lines in service - 1998 - 2007
Table 124 - Suriname - national key statistics - 2008
Table 125 - Suriname - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 126 - Uruguay - national key statistics - 2008
Table 127 - Uruguay - telecom operating revenues and sector breakdown - 2005 - 2007
Table 128 - Uruguay - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 129 - Uruguay - public payphones - 1997 - 2008
Table 130 - Venezuela - national key statistics - 2008
Table 131 - Venezuela - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 132 - Venezuela - public payphones - 1997 - 2008
Table 133 - Venezuela - fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2001 - 2008
Table 134 - Venezuela - forecast fixed-line subscribers - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 135 - Venezuela - telecom revenues and investments (private sector) - 2001 - 2007
Table 136 - Venezuela - telecom revenue by segment - 2007 - 2008
"Table 137 - Venezuela - fixed line market share by operator - 2003 - 2007
Table 138 - CANTV fixed lines in service and market share - 2001 - 2008

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