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Mexico - Key Statistics, Telecoms Market and Regulatory Overview


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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 about 80% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. The regulator has determined that Telmex’s dominance warrants further regulation in certain sectors, and the company has been fined for obstructing interconnection to other operators. Significant reforms in 2013 aim to set up a new regulator, remove barriers to foreign investment and reduce the market share of the dominant operators. These reforms will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive. 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; Telmex fined for failing to provide interconnection; Mexsat Bicentenario satellite launches; Cablemás and América Móvil launch VoD services; regulator approves interconnection cost model to 2014; América Móvil makes bid to buy remaining shares in Telmex; regulator’s market data update to February 2013; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to May2013.

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 Economic background
3.2 Regulatory environment
3.2.1 Privatisation
3.2.2 Deregulation
3.2.3 Foreign investment rules
3.3 Regulatory authorities
3.4 Telecoms reform – 2013
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Background
4.2 Overview
4.3 Fixed-line sector
4.3.1 Background
4.3.2 Overview
4.3.3 Telmex/América Móvil
4.3.4 Fixed-line statistics
4.4 Digital TV broadcasting
4.4.1 Overview
4.4.2 Cable TV (CATV)
4.4.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
4.4.4 Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV
4.4.5 Pay TV statistics
4.4.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
4.4.7 Other developments
5. Smart grids
5.1.1 Smart grid technology
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and annual growth – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2012
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 – Telecom market growth – 2004 - 2013
Table 8 – Telecom sector investment – 1996 - 2013
Table 9 – Telecom sector revenue and annual growth – 1998 - 2013
Table 10 – Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 - 2013
Table 11 – Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 - 2004
Table 12 – Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2005 - 2013
Table 13 – Telmex fixed-line RGUs – 2011- 2013
Table 14 – Historical - Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2004
Table 15 – Cable TV subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 16 – Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2013
Table 17 – Historical - Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2013
Table 18 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 19 – Televisa video subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2013
Table 20 – Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012

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