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2008 Latin America - Telecoms, Mobile & Broadband in Mexico & the Caribbean

For those seeking high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

  • Forecast growth in select Mexican and Caribbean telecommunication markets.
  • The emerging trends and convergence in the Mexican and Caribbean voice, broadband and digital TV sectors.
  • How the region is faring in terms of global broadband development.
  • The growth of mobile voice and data and the deployment of 3G and 4G technologies in the region.


BuddeComm’s Annual Publication, 2008 Latin America - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Mexico and the Caribbean, profiles the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets from the small island nations through to the larger countries of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Despite being relatively small markets by global standards, telecommunications has become one of the Caribbean’s major growth industries. In particular, the region’s mobile sector has been witnessing significant expansion in recent years. To date this growth has largely been harnessed by Mexico’s América Móvil and more recently by Digicel. These two companies are predicted to continue dominating the robust mobile sector growth during 2008/09.

In contrast to the mobile sector, the fixed-line market remains relatively stagnant. While in a handful of countries Cable & Wireless still holds a monopoly in the fixed-line sector, a growing number of countries now have other operators offering fixed-line services at competitive prices. Investment in infrastructure during 2008/09 is expected to increasingly trend towards broadband access and associated IP services, such as VoIP.

This report provides overviews, analyses and detailed statistics of the Mexican and Caribbean countries’ fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets including developments in emerging technologies such wireless broadband and VoIP.

Key highlights:

  • The Mexican telecom industry is forecast to continue its strong growth rates through 2008/09, following industry growth in 2007 at an estimated eight times higher than average real GDP growth rates.
  • Growth during 2008 will continue to be fuelled by declining tariffs in the mobile and long-distance sector, and by increased deployment of broadband networks. For instance, mobile subscribers in Mexico grew by over 20% in 2007 and broadband lines continued to post even stronger gains of around 50%.
  • Despite this strong growth, Mexico still suffers from a lack of competition. Although Telefónica’s Movistar launched in 2002, América Móvil’s Telcel still holds around 75% of the market. Indeed, concerns about the overall lack of competition and about certain monopolistic behaviour, compelled Mexico’s antitrust agency to launch an investigation into the mobile and other telco markets in November 2007. Accordingly, 2008 may witness CFC rulings with important industry-wide implications.
  • Mexican telecommunications growth for 2008/09 will receive further impetus from government reforms, given President Felipe Calderon’s recent statement that telecommunications is one of two key industries in which he intends to promote greater competition as part of his economic goals to 2012. This may lead to unbundling in Mexico in 2008-2010, the last OECD country to unbundle its local loop.
  • The overall Caribbean mobile market has become one of the most dynamic markets in the world, with subscribers in the region increasing at an average annual growth rate of around 50% per annum between 2003 and 2007. As penetration rates are still relatively low, it is predicted that 2008 will continue to enjoy strong subscriber and revenue growth rates.
  • One of the star performers in terms of mobile growth has been the region’s poorest country, Haiti. Haitian mobile subscriber numbers increased by nearly fivefold in the three years to early 2008. Growth has been stimulated by the entry of Digicel, which attained approximately 1.5 million subscribers (around 50% of the market) within 18 months of operation.
  • Carlos Slim’s América Móvil continued its aggressive expansion in the region. It acquired, for instance, Verizon’s interests in the region, thus giving it control of the dominant Puerto Rico Telephone Company and of Verizon Dominicana (to be renamed Codetel) which dominates the Dominican Republic’s fixed-line market and holds around 50% of its mobile market.
  • Cuba’s telecom market, which has the lowest mobile and Internet penetration in Latin America, may be on the verge of liberalisation from 2008 following President Castro’s retirement in February 2008 and the imminent transfer of power to a more reform-minded successor.
Forecast Mexican mobile subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018

Year
Subscribers (million)
Penetration
(subscribers/population)

2008
73
69%

2013
94
84%

2018
100
86%

1. Caribbean Small Island Nations
1.1 Telecommunications market
1.1.1 Overview
1.2 Regulatory environment
1.2.1 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
1.2.2 Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
1.2.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
1.3 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
1.3.1 Cable & Wireless
1.3.2 Digicel
1.4 Telecommunications infrastructure
1.4.1 Fixed-line teledensity
1.4.2 Submarine cable systems
1.5 Broadband and Internet market
1.5.1 Overview
1.6 Mobile communications
1.6.1 Overview of mobile markets
1.6.2 Satellite mobile
1.7 Country overviews
1.7.1 Anguilla
1.7.2 Antigua & Barbuda
1.7.3 Aruba
1.7.4 Bahamas
1.7.5 Barbados
1.7.6 Bermuda
1.7.7 British Virgin Islands
1.7.8 Cayman Islands
1.7.9 Dominica
1.7.10 Grenada
1.7.11 Guadeloupe
1.7.12 Martinique
1.7.13 Montserrat
1.7.14 Netherlands Antilles
1.7.15 St Kitts & Nevis
1.7.16 St Lucia
1.7.17 St Vincent & the Grenadines
1.7.18 Trinidad & Tobago
1.7.19 Turks & Caicos
1.7.20 United States Virgin Islands
2. Cuba
2.1 Key statistics
2.2 Telecommunications market
2.2.1 Overview of Cuba’s telecom market
2.3 Regulatory environment
2.3.1 Background
2.3.2 Regulatory authority
2.3.3 Privatisation
2.4 Fixed network operator in Cuba
2.4.1 Empresa de Telecomunicaciones del Cuba SA (Etecsa)
2.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
2.5.1 National telecom network
2.5.2 International infrastructure
2.6 Internet market
2.6.1 Overview
2.7 Mobile communications
2.7.1 Overview of Cuba’s mobile market
2.7.2 Mobile technologies
2.7.3 Major mobile operators
3. Dominican Republic
3.1 Key statistics
3.2 Telecommunications market
3.2.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s telecom market
3.3 Regulatory environment
3.3.1 Background
3.3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.3.4 Privatisation of Codetel
3.3.5 Foreign investment
3.3.6 Number portability
3.4 Fixed network operators in the Dominican Republic
3.4.1 Overview of operators
3.4.2 Codetel (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
3.4.3 Tricom
3.4.4 Trilogy Dominicana (formerly Centennial dominicana)
3.4.5 Turitel SA
3.4.6 Economitel
3.4.7 Dgtec
3.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
3.5.1 National telecom network
3.5.2 International infrastructure
3.5.3 Infrastructure developments
3.6 Internet market
3.6.1 Overview
3.7 Broadband market
3.7.1 Overview
3.7.2 ADSL
3.7.3 Cable modems
3.7.4 Wireless broadband
3.8 Convergence
3.8.1 Overview
3.8.2 Pay TV
3.9 Cell phone (mobile phone) market
3.9.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s cellular market
3.9.2 Major cell phone operators
3.9.3 Cellular voice services
3.9.4 Cellular data services
3.10 Forecasts
3.10.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market to 2018
3.10.2 Forecasts - cellular services to 2018
4. Haiti
4.1 Key statistics
4.2 Telecommunications market
4.2.1 Overview of Haiti’s telecom market
4.3 Regulatory environment
4.3.1 Regulatory authority
4.3.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.3.3 Privatisation
4.4 Major fixed network operators in Haiti
4.4.1 Telecommunications D’Haiti (Teleco)
4.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
4.5.1 National telecom network
4.5.2 International infrastructure
4.6 Internet market
4.6.1 Overview
4.6.2 ISP market
4.6.3 Alpha Communications Network (ACN)
4.7 Broadband market
4.7.1 Wireless broadband
4.8 Convergence
4.8.1 Overview of media convergence
4.8.2 Cable TV (CATV)
4.8.3 Satellite TV
4.9 Mobile communications
4.9.1 Overview of Haiti’s mobile market
4.9.2 Major mobile operators
5. Jamaica
5.1 Key statistics
5.2 Telecommunications market
5.2.1 Overview of Jamaica’s telecom market
5.3 Regulatory environment
5.3.1 Background
5.3.2 Regulatory authorities
5.3.3 Privatisation of Telecommunications of Jamaica
5.3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3.5 Interconnect
5.3.6 Access
5.3.7 Competitive safeguards
5.4 Fixed network operators in Jamaica
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Cable & Wireless Jamaica (C&WJ)
5.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
5.5.1 National telecom network
5.5.2 International infrastructure
5.5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.6 Internet market
5.6.1 Overview
5.7 Broadband market
5.7.1 Overview
5.7.2 Cable broadband
5.7.3 Wireless broadband
5.8 Convergence
5.8.1 Overview of media convergence
5.8.2 Cable TV (CATV)
5.9 Mobile communications
5.9.1 Overview of Jamaica’s mobile market
5.9.2 Mobile technologies
5.9.3 Major mobile operators
6. Mexico
6.1 Key statistics
6.2 Telecommunications market
6.2.1 Overview of Mexico’s telecom market
6.2.2 Market analysis - 2007
6.3 Regulatory environment
6.3.1 Background
6.3.2 Regulatory authorities
6.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Mexico
6.3.4 Privatisation of Telmex
6.3.5 Interconnect
6.3.6 Settlement rates and resale
6.3.7 Calling-Party-Pays (CPP)
6.3.8 Convergence regulation
6.4 Fixed network operators in Mexico
6.4.1 Overview of operators
6.4.2 Teléfonos de México (Telmex)
6.4.3 Alestra
6.4.4 Axtel
6.4.5 Maxcom
6.4.6 Marcatel
6.4.7 Iusatel
6.4.8 Protel
6.4.9 Megacable
6.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.5.1 National telecom networks
6.5.2 International infrastructure
6.5.3 Infrastructure developments
6.6 Internet market
6.6.1 Overview
6.6.2 ISP market
6.7 Broadband market
6.7.1 Overview
6.7.2 ADSL
6.7.3 Cable modems
6.7.4 Wireless broadband
6.7.5 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
6.8 Convergence
6.8.1 Overview of media convergence
6.8.2 Triple play regulation issues
6.8.3 Triple play and VoIP developments
6.8.4 Digital TV
6.9 Cell phone (mobile phone) market
6.9.1 Overview of Mexico’s mobile (cell phone) market
6.9.2 Regulatory issues
6.9.3 Mobile technologies
6.9.4 Major mobile operators
6.9.5 Mobile voice services
6.9.6 Mobile data services
6.9.7 Mobile content and applications
6.10 Forecasts
6.10.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market to 2018
6.10.2 Forecasts - broadband market to 2018
6.10.3 Forecasts - cellular services to 2018
7. Puerto Rico
7.1 Key statistics
7.2 Telecommunications market
7.2.1 Overview of Puerto Rico’s telecom market
7.3 Regulatory environment
7.3.1 Regulatory authority
7.3.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
7.3.3 Privatisation of PRTC
7.3.4 Universal service fund
7.3.5 Number portability
7.4 Fixed network operators in Puerto Rico
7.4.1 Overview of operators
7.4.2 Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC/TELPRI)
7.4.3 Centennial de Puerto Rico (CPR)
7.4.4 Telefónica Larga Distancia de Puerto Rico (TLD)
7.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
7.5.1 National telecom networks
7.5.2 International infrastructure
7.5.3 Infrastructure developments
7.6 Internet market
7.6.1 Overview
7.7 Broadband market
7.7.1 Overview
7.7.2 Cable modems
7.7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
7.7.4 Wireless broadband
7.8 Convergence
7.8.1 Overview of media convergence
7.8.2 Triple play models
7.8.3 Digital TV
7.9 Cell phone (mobile phone) market
7.9.1 Overview of Puerto Rico’s cellular market
7.9.2 Cellular technologies
7.9.3 Major cell phone operators
7.10 Forecasts
7.10.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market to 2018
7.10.2 Forecasts - cellular services to 2018


List of Tables and Exhibites


Table 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Caribbean countries - 2006
Table 2 - Internet users and penetration in Caribbean countries - 2007
Table 3 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration in Caribbean countries - Sep 2007
Table 4 - Country statistics Anguilla - 2008
Table 5 - Country statistics Antigua & Barbuda - 2008
Table 6 - Country statistics Aruba - 2008
Table 7 - Country statistics Bahamas - 2008
Table 8 - Country statistics Barbados - 2008
Table 9 - Country statistics Bermuda - 2008
Table 10 - Country statistics British Virgin Islands - 2008
Table 11 - Country statistics Cayman Islands - 2008
Table 12 - Country statistics Dominica - 2008
Table 13 - Country statistics Grenada - 2008
Table 14 - Country statistics Guadeloupe - 2008
Table 15 - Country statistics Martinique - 2008
Table 16 - Country statistics Montserrat - 2008
Table 17 - Country statistics Netherlands Antilles - 2008
Table 18 - Country statistics St Kitts & Nevis - 2008
Table 19 - Country statistics St Lucia - 2008
Table 20 - Country statistics St Vincent & the Grenadines - 2008
Table 21 - Country statistics Trinidad & Tobago - 2008
Table 22 - Country statistics Turks & Caicos - 2008
Table 23 - Country statistics United States Virgin Islands - 2008
Table 24 - Country statistics Cuba - 2008
Table 25 - Telephone network statistics - 2007
Table 26 - Internet provider statistics - 2007
Table 27 - Internet user statistics - 2007
Table 28 - Mobile statistics - 2007
Table 29 - National telecommunications authority
Table 30 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
Table 31 - Internet users, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2007
Table 32 - Personal computers, annual change and penetration - 2002 - 2007
Table 33 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2007
Table 34 - Country statistics Dominican Republic - 2008
Table 35 - Telephone network statistics - 2007
Table 36 - Internet provider statistics - 2007
Table 37 - Internet user statistics - 2007
Table 38 - Cell phone statistics - 2007
Table 39 - National telecommunications authority
Table 40 - Codetel fixed lines in service and annual change - 1996 - 2006
Table 41 - Tricom fixed lines in service and annual change - 1998 - 2005
Table 42 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1997 - 2007
Table 43 - Public phones and annual change - 1997 - 2007
Table 44 - WLL lines in service and annual change - 1999 - 2007
Table 45 - Internet users and annual change - 1998 - 2007
Table 46 - Internet subscribers, annual change and household penetration - 1998 - 2007
Table 47 - DSL residential and corporate subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2007
Table 48 - Cell phone operators, technology, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
Table 49 - Cell phone subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 50 - Cell phone operator market share - 2003 - 2007
Table 51 - Claro cell phone subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2007
Table 52 - Postpaid/prepaid ratio - 2001 - 2007
Table 53 - Forecast fixed-line growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 54 - Forecast fixed-line growth - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 55 - Forecast cellular subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 56 - Forecast cellular subscriber growth - higher market scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 57 - Country statistics Haiti - 2008
Table 58 - Telephone network statistics - 2007
Table 59 - Internet provider statistics - 2007
Table 60 - Internet user statistics - 2007
Table 61 - Mobile statistics - September 2007
Table 62 - National telecommunications authority
Table 63 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1998 - 2007
Table 64 - Internet users, annual change and user penetration - 1998 - 2007
Table 65 - Internet subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2000 - 2007
Table 66 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2007
Table 67 - Country statistics Jamaica - 2008
Table 68 - Telephone network statistics - 2007
Table 69 - Internet statistics - 2007
Table 70 - Mobile statistics - 2007
Table 71 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 72 - Licences issued - 2005
Table 73 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
Table 74 - Internet users, annual change and user penetration - 1996 - 2007
Table 75 - Market share by connection - 2006
Table 76 - Mobile operators, technology, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
Table 77 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 78 - Mobile market share by operator - 2003 - 2007
Table 79 - Country statistics Mexico - 2008
Table 80 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2007
Table 81 - Telephone network statistics - 2007
Table 82 - Internet provider statistics - 2007
Table 83 - Internet user statistics - 2007
Table 84 - Broadband statistics - 2007
Table 85 - Mobile statistics - 2007
Table 86 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 87 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2007
Table 88 - Telmex lines in service and annual change - 1997 - 2007
Table 89 - Alestra lines in service and annual change - 1999 - 2007
Table 90 - Axtel lines in service and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 91 - Maxcom lines in service and annual change - 2001 - 2007
Table 92 - Internet users, annual change and penetration - 1998 - 2007
Table 93 - Percentage of Internet usage by access technology - 2002 - 2007
Table 94 - Internet subscribers by access technology - 2000 - 2007
Table 95 - Location and frequency of Internet access - 2006 - 2007
Table 96 - Number of PCs with Internet access - 2005 - 2007
Table 97 - Prodigy Infinitum ADSL subscriber lines and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 98 - Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2007
Table 99 - Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 100 - Cablemás broadband monthly ARPU and churn - 2006 - 2007
Table 101 - Cablevisión cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 102 - Cable VoIP subscribers of major providers - 2006 - 2007
Table 103 - Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 104 - Megacable pay TV subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2007
Table 105 - Cablemás CATV subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 106 - Cablemás CATV monthly ARPU and churn - 2006 - 2007
Table 107 - Cablevisión pay TV subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
Table 108 - Sky DTH subscribers and annual change - 1999 - 2007
Table 109 - Mobile operators, technology, subscribers and annual change - September 2007
Table 110 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2007
Table 111 - Mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2007
Table 112 - Mobile penetration by region - 2002 - 2006
Table 113 - Telcel subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2007
Table 114 - Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2007
Table 115 - Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2007
Table 116 - Movistar churn, minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2007
Table 117 - Iusacell subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2007
Table 118 - Unefón subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
Table 119 - Nextel Mexico churn and monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2006
Table 120 - Monthly and yearly MOU and annual change - 2000 - 2007
Table 121 - Prepaid/postpaid subscribers and annual change - 1997 - 2007
Table 122 - Forecast fixed-line growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 123 - Forecast fixed-line growth - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 124 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 125 - Forecast broadband subscriber growth - upper growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 126 - Forecast cellular subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 127 - Forecast cellular subscriber growth - upper growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 128 - Country statistics Puerto Rico - 2008
Table 129 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2007
Table 130 - Internet user statistics - 2007
Table 131 - Broadband statistics - 2006
Table 132 - Cell phone statistics - 2007
Table 133 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 134 - PRTC residential/corporate fixed-lines in service and annual change - 1998 - 2007
Table 135 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2006
Table 136 - Internet users, annual change and user penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 137 - Broadband lines and annual change - 2002 - 2006
Table 138 - PRTC DSL lines and annual change - 2002 - 2006
Table 139 - Cable TV subscribers - 2001 - 2005
Table 140 - Satellite TV subscribers - 2004 - 2005
Table 141 - Cell phone operators, technology, subscribers and annual change - June 2007
Table 142 - Cell phone subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1997 - 2007
Table 143 - Cell phone market share by operator - 2002 - 2007
Table 144 - Forecast fixed-line growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 145 - Forecast fixed-line growth - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 146 - Forecast cell phone subscriber growth - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Table 147 - Forecast cell phone subscriber growth - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2012; 2018
Exhibit 1 - Island territories of the Caribbean
Exhibit 2 - Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
Exhibit 3 - Digicel’s Caribbean operations - 2007
Exhibit 4 - Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region
Exhibit 5 - Individual telecom licences granted in Grenada
Exhibit 6 - Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic
Exhibit 7 - Major submarine cable networks serving Jamaica
Exhibit 8 - Fixed-line local telephony licence holders in Mexico
Exhibit 9 - Fixed-wireless local telephony licence holders in Mexico
Exhibit 10 - Long-distance licence holders in Mexico
Exhibit 11 - Telmex at a glance
Exhibit 12 - Major submarine cable networks landing in Mexico
Exhibit 13 - Mobile telephone regions
Exhibit 14 - Licences of mobile operators
Exhibit 15 - Telefónica acquisitions: Bajacel, Movitel, Norcel, Cedetel, and Pegaso
Exhibit 16 - Major submarine cable networks serving Puerto Rico

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