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

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

Mexico’s wholesale 700MHz network gains infrastructure sharing
With a population of around 122 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 18%, Mexico’s fixed-line telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex, which retains about two thirds of subscribers, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. The regulator determined that Telmex’s dominance warranted further regulation in certain sectors. A telecom reform law passed in mid-2013 set up a new regulator and has since enforced measures aimed at removing barriers to foreign investment and at reducing the market share of the dominant operators. These reforms will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive.
The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in the overall telecoms market. Although it suffers from a lack of competition, with Telmex still accounting for the lion’s share of subscribers, reform measures are aimed at reducing this to below 50%. 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.
Despite market concentration there are significant changes under way. The main cable TV providers, Megacable and Grupo Televisa (which incorporates Cablemás and Cablevisión, among other regional players), are broadening their bundled services offerings to include cable TV, broadband and telephony, and as a result their subscriber bases have grown steadily in recent years. In addition, the entry of AT&T to the mobile market, following its acquisitions of Nextel and Iusacell, has enabled the company to build up its service offerings. On a larger scale the company is developing a regional market incorporating Mexico and the US, relying on scale to improve its competitive clout. There remains significant scope for further market development given that the country’s broadband penetration is relatively low, while consumer prices remain high.
The mobile market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel. AT&T Mexico now has a 12% market share while the nascent MVNO sector is slowly making gains.
The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum. Multi-spectrum auctions are expected to be held by the end of 2017, which will go far in enabling operators to improve the quality of their mobile data offerings. These auctions include 130MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.
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, and will in part be based on an infrastructure sharing agreement with Telcel signed in mid-2017.
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 broadband sector, accompanied by relevant statistical data and subscriber forecasts to 2022. The mobile sector is also assessed, including a range statistical data, subscriber forecasts and a review of the ongoing migration from 3G to LTE networks.

Key developments:

Telecomm-Telégrafos issues tender guidelines for contract to build a 25,000km wholesale access network;
Regulator rules that América Móvil must functionally separate its fixed-line retail and wholesale operations;
Supreme Court overturns 2014 ban on Telcel being able to charge rivals for interconnection;
ALTRAN signs infrastructure sharing deal with Telcel to develop its 700MHz wholesale network;
Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas;
Regulator issues plan for auction of 2.5GHz spectrum in late 2017;
More MVNOs licensed, improving market competition;
Movistar to invest MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018;
Government reduces investment in state-owned shared mobile network from $10 billion to $7 billion;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data report to March 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2017, market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and annual growth - 2017 (Q1)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (Mar)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (Mar)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (Mar)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom sector employment - 2011 - 2017
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed-line traffic - 2014 - 2015
      • Table Average fixed-line traffic per line- 2014 - 2017
      • Table Market share of fixed line traffic by operator - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Telecom sector contribution to GDP - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile investment - 2013- 2016
      • Table Telecom revenue and annual growth - 1998 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile sector revenue - 2015 - 2017
    • TELECOMS REFORM
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • PRIVATISATION
    • DEREGULATION
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT RULES
      • Table Foreign investment in telecoms - 2009 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of fixed lines by operator - 2014 - 2017
    • TELMEX/AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Table Telmex fixed-line RGUs - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers - 2015 - 2017
      • Table Telmex revenue, EBITDA - 2011 - 2017
  • 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 - 2018
    • NATIONAL NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Historic - Length of fibre backbone network - 2001- 2012
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grid technology
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Proportion of broadband lines by data rates - 2014 - 2017
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and annual change - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2012
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2018
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2017
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by platform - 2014 - 2017
      • Access
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2017
      • Megacable
        • Table Megacable cable modem subscribers - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Megacable ARPU - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Megacable revenue by sector - 2010 - 2017
      • Cablemás
        • Table Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Cablemás financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2017
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2017
      • Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
        • Table Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttP broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • Internet via satellite
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2017
      • 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 - 2017
      • Table Historical - Cable TV subscribers - 1998 - 2009
      • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Megacable TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Axtel subscribers by platform - 2014 - 2017
    • DIRECT-TO-HOME (DTH) SATELLITE TV
      • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers - 1998 - 2009
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Satellite TV revenue - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Televisa video subscribers by platform (pre-merger) - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Grupo Televisa RGUs by service - 2013 - 2017
      • Table Grupo Televisa financial data - 2013 - 2017
    • PAY TV STATISTICS
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market investment ($) - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Mobile market investment (MXN) - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Prepaid / postpaid subscribers - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2017
      • 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 Proportion of mobile data traffic by network technology - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2017
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Regulatory authorities
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2009 - 2015
      • Roaming
      • Telecom legislative reform
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration - 2016 - 2017
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Telcel subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Telcel wireless revenue - 2010 - 2017
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar subscribers - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Movistar minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Movistar financial data - 2008 - 2017
      • AT&T Mexico
        • Table AT&T Mexico financial data - 2015 - 2017
        • Table AT&T Mexico subscribers - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Iusacell financial data (historic) - 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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