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Latin America - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Forecasts

Latin America - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Forecasts

Latin America’s focus on mobile broadband showing dividends

Although the Latin American and Caribbean region covers a wide range of countries, the telecoms sector within the region is broadly similar in terms of penetration of services and market maturity. Some countries, in particular Brazil and Venezuela, are struggling with a prolonged economic downturn which has grievously affected the ability of local telcos to fund network investment. On the whole, though, the size of the overall market in the region, and its potential for ongoing growth, continues to attract investment from international telcos and vendors.

The results of these investments can be seen in upgraded networks, particularly in relation to LTE and FttP infrastructure. Improved mobile network capabilities have stimulated the adoption of smartphones among consumers, which in turn has led to increasing mobile data traffic and consequently the ability of network operators to develop revenue growth. In the fixed-line sector, fibre backhaul networks have proliferated, and while FttP adoption remains low it is the fastest growth area in the fixed-line broadband segment. This has partly been stimulated by regulatory efforts to promote the sharing of network components, but also by the take-up among consumer of bundled packages requiring higher bandwidth. The need to future-proof networks to cope with the demands of digital communities has also encouraged telcos and cablecos to invest in G.fast and DOCSIS3.1 technologies, complementing their FttP efforts.

Much of the stimulus for investment in fibre broadband is provided by competitive pressure, as well as encouragement from governments which, like their European and North American counterparts, have instituted plans to build national broadband networks. These are aimed at closing the digital divide between urban and rural areas, and at enabling all citizens to make greater use of the socio-economic benefits provided by access to fast broadband infrastructure.

Although there is a multiplicity of operators in the region, many countries have a core number of key providers, including the local business units of América Móvil and Telefónica, as also Millicom International (operating in six markets), and AT&T, which has expanded in Mexico and operates the largest pay TV company in the region (DirecTV).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE MARKET DRIVING GROWTH
    • STEADY PROGRESS MADE WITH NATIONAL BROADBAND POLICIES
    • FIXED-LINE TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGHS
      • Table LAC countries -broadband subscribers and fixed line connections - 2006 - 2017
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table LAC countries - mobile and mobile broadband subscribers - 2006- 2017
  • ARGENTINA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Argentina - Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Argentina - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • BOLIVIA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Bolivia - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Bolivia - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • BRAZIL
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Brazil - Broadband traffic growth per subscriber - 1998 - 2019(e)
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Brazil - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018, 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Brazil - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • CHILE
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Chile - Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Chile - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • COLOMBIA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Colombia - Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Colombia - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Dominican Republic - Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2016;
  • ECUADOR
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2015; 2017; 2020
      • Table Ecuador - Forecast broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2015; 2017; 2020
      • Table Ecuador - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
  • JAMAICA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Jamaica - Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS 2016; 2018, 2021
      • Table Jamaica - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2015; 2017; 2020
  • MEXICO
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Mexico - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Mexico - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • PANAMA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Panama - Forecast broadband growth -- 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Panama - Forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • PARAGUAY
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Paraguay - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2016; 2085; 2021
      • Table Paraguay - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2018; 2022
  • PERU
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Peru - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Peru - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • PUERTO RICO
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Puerto Rico - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018; 2021
  • URUGUAY
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Uruguay - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Uruguay - Forecast mobile subscribers -- 2016; 2018; 2021
  • VENEZUELA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Venezuela - Forecast broadband subscribers -- 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Venezuela - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018; 2021

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