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Mexico - Key Statistics, Telecoms Market and Regulatory Overview

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 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. A telecom reform law passed in mid-2013 set up a new regulator and is aimed at removing barriers to foreign investment and reducing 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:

New telecom regulator formed; 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 report to 2012, updates to July 2013; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2013; market developments to March 2014.

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
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 2013
Table 2 Telecom revenue and annual growth 2012 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics Jun 2013
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2012
Table 6 Mobile statistics June 2013
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom market growth 2004 - 2013
Table 9 Telecom sector investment 1996 - 2013
Table 10 Telecom sector revenue and annual growth 1998 - 2013
Table 11 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 - 2013
Table 12 Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 1996 - 2004
Table 13 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Table 14 Telmex fixed-line RGUs 2011- 2013
Table 15 Historical - Cable TV subscribers 1998 - 2004
Table 16 Cable TV subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 17 Megacable TV subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 18 Historical - Satellite TV subscribers 1998 - 2013
Table 19 Satellite TV subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 20 Televisa video subscribers by platform 2010 - 2013
Table 21 Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate 1998 - 2012
Chart 1 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 2013
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2005 2013

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