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Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Mexico contracts Altan to operate wholesale mobile network

With a population of around 121 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 18% Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant potential for growth over the next few years. The fixed-line market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex, with about 62% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. However, telecom reform laws passed in recent years will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive.

The mobile market is undergoing considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel, the entry of AT&T Mexico following its acquisition of Nextel Mexico and Iusacell, and the greater competitive role being played by MVNOs. Telcel still accounts for about 66% of the market by subscribers, though it is in the process of selling assets to reduce its share to below 50%. The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum. In January 2017 the Altan consortium was contracted to manage a wholesale mobile network for 20 years, aimed at delivering mobile voice and data to underserved areas. The network is to be made available for use from March 2018. Separately, the regulator February 2017 published a plan to auction up to 130MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band later in the year, geared to improving mobile broadband services.

The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in Mexico’s telecoms market, although it suffers from a lack of competition to the dominant player Telmex, which still accounts for the lion’s share of subscribers. The pay TV sector is similarly concentrated, with Grupo Televisa the dominant player in the cable TV sector as also in the satellite TV sector, where it is a major shareholder in Sky Mexico.

This report provides statistics and analyses on Mexico’s fixed-line market, as well as an overview of regulatory developments. In addition the report covers the mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts to 2021, as well as an assessment of the broadband and internet markets, including technology developments and the migration to fibre infrastructure.

Key developments:

América Móvil secures an additional 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band from Grupo MVS;

Movistar signs national roaming deal with Telcel;

Telcel and AT&T Mexico secure AWS spectrum licences at auction;

Regulator issues plan for auction of 2.5GHz spectrum expected in Q3 2017;

Altan consortium selected to operate the nationwide wholesale mobile network using 700MHz band spectrum;

Movistar to invest MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data report to June 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2016, market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telcel, Movistar, Iusacell, Teléfonos de México (Telmex), Axtel, Alestra, Maxcom, Marcatel, AT&T Mexico, América Móvil, Nextel Mexico, Movistar (Telefónica Mexico), Globalstar, Unefón, Virgin Mobile, Weex, Megacable, Cablemás, Cablevisión, Grupo Televisa, Sistemas Interactivos de Telecomunicaciones (SIT), Megafón, InterCable, CFE.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and annual growth – 2015 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom sector employment – 2011 - 2016
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed-line traffic – 2014 - 2015
      • Table Average fixed-line traffic per line– 2014 - 2016
      • Table Market share of fixed line traffic by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table Telecom sector contribution to GDP – 2004 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile investment – 2013- 2015
      • Table Fixed-line telecom revenue and annual growth – 1998 - 2016
    • TELECOMS REFORM
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • PRIVATISATION
    • DEREGULATION
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT RULES
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of fixed lines by operator – 2014 - 2016
    • TELMEX/AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table Telmex revenue, EBITDA – 2011 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
    • NATIONAL NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Length of fibre backbone network – 2001- 2012
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grid technology
        • Table Smart grid technology market revenue – 2012- 2020
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Proportion of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of residential broadband accesses by platform – 2013 - 2015
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and annual change - 2000 – 2016
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Access
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2016
      • Megacable
        • Table Megacable cable modem subscribers – 2001 – 2016
        • Table Megacable ARPU – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Megacable revenue by sector – 2010 - 2016
      • Cablemás
        • Table Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2016
        • Table Cablemás financial data – 2012 – 2014
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2016
      • Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
        • Table Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Internet via satellite
      • Utilities broadband
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table Market share of pay TV subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
      • Table Market share of cable TV subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Table Historical - Cable TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table Cable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table Megacable TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Axtel subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
    • DIRECT-TO-HOME (DTH) SATELLITE TV
      • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2016
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table Satellite TV revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Televisa video subscribers by platform (pre-merger) –2010 - 2015
      • Table Televisa RGUs by service – 2013 - 2016
      • Table Televisa financial data – 2013 - 2016
    • PAY TV STATISTICS
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate – 1998 - 2015
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share by major operator – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market revenue – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market investment – 2001 - 2013
        • Table Prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Historic - Mobile traffic – 1995 - 2009
        • Table Mobile traffic – 2010 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic – 2006 - 2016
        • Table SMS messages per subscriber – 2006 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Regulatory authorities
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
      • Telecom legislative reform
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2016
        • Table Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2016
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2016
      • AT&T Mexico
        • Table AT&T Mexico financial data – 2015 – 2016
        • Table AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2016
        • Table Iusacell financial data – 2012 – 2013
        • Table Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) –2000 - 2007
        • Table Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) –2012 - 2014
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payment services
      • M-banking

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