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Mexico - Key Statistics, Telecoms Market and Regulatory Overview


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Mexico - Key Statistics, Telecoms Market and Regulatory Overview -

With a population of around 115 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 17%, Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant potential for growth over the next 5-10 years. The fixed-line market is still dominated by incumbent Telmex, with over 80% market share and the mobile market by Telmex’s sister company América Móvil (Telcel), with over 70% market share. The regulator has determined that Telmex’s dominance warrants further regulation in certain sectors. Yet despite these and other proposed reforms, Mexico’s telecom market remains relatively uncompetitive and the regulator still lacks sufficient authority to enforce its rulings against the main players. This report provides statistics on Mexico’s fixed-line and digital TV markets, as well as an overview of regulatory developments.

Key Developments:

Local loop unbundling awaiting approval; local telephony costs remain the highest in OECD countries; Google TV launches with Sony; 25% growth in pay TV subscriptions and increased interest in triple-play services; government proposes sweeping regulatory changes and new telecom regulator; BlackRock increases stake in América Móvil; cable industry calls for third TV network to compete with Televisa; Mexsat Bicentenario satellite launches; Cablemás and América Móvil launch VoD services; América Móvil makes bid to buy remaining shares in Telmex; regulator’s market data update to October 2012; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2012; market developments to March 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telcel; Movistar; Iusacell; Teléfonos de México (Telmex); Axtel; Alestra; Maxcom and Marcatel.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country Overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Mexico’s economy
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Overview
4.1.1 Privatisation
4.1.2 Deregulation
4.1.3 Foreign investment rules
4.2 Regulatory authorities
5. Telecommunications market
5.1 Background
5.2 Overview
5.3 Fixed-line sector
5.3.1 Background
5.3.2 Overview
5.3.3 Telmex/América Móvil
5.3.4 Fixed-line statistics
5.4 Digital TV broadcasting
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Cable TV (CATV)
5.4.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
5.4.4 Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV
5.4.5 Pay TV statistics
5.4.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
5.4.7 Other developments
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2009 - 2011
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2011
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Telecom market growth – 2004 - 2012
Table 9 – Telecom sector investment – 1996 - 2012
Table 10 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 - 2012
Table 11 – Telmex fixed-line RGUs – 2011- 2012
Table 12 – Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2013
Table 13 – Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 14 – Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2013
Table 15 – Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012

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