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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

Mexican telecom market shaken up by AT&T presence

Given a population of around 120 million and relatively low penetration in all sectors, Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant growth potential over the next few years. The fixed-line market is still dominated by the 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 pay TV sector is similarly concentrated, with Grupo Televisa the dominant player in cable TV as also in satellite TV, where it is a major shareholder in Sky Mexico.

Legislation promoting telecom reform was passed in 2013, and since then efforts have been made to encourage competition and to curb América Móvil’s dominance. Part of the reform process involved the creation of a new telecom regulator to oversee the sector, remove barriers to foreign investment and encourage the entry of new players.

The process is beginning to show positive results, particularly with the expansion of Telefonia and AT&T in the market. AT&T in recent years has acquired Iusacell and Nextel Mexico, as well as DirecTV. The company’s potential acquisition of AWS spectrum, to be auctioned in early 2016, would enable it to develop its regional market plans, incorporating 400 million consumers in the US and Mexico.

Additional spectrum being auctioned will improve the ability of operators to offer mobile data services nationally, and extend mobile broadband services into rural areas.

This report provides an overview of Mexico’s telecom sector, including a review of the key operators, an assessment of the legal and regulatory landscape, and a range of statistics. The report also covers the mobile voice and data markets, including subscriber forecasts. In addition, the report provides statistics on Mexico’s fixed-line broadband and digital TV markets as these evolve in response to recent legislative changes.

Key developments:

New telecom regulator formed to oversee telecom legislation aimed at encouraging competition;
Continued strong growth in pay TV subscriptions;
Cable operators report lower churn resulting from take up of bundles;
Smart Grid deployments gathering pace;
Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas;
Regulator preps for 700MHz and AWS spectrum auctions;
Telesites set up to manage América Móvil’s domestic tower business;
Movistar investing 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;
América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and annual growth - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Fixed-line traffic - 2014 - 2015
      • Table Average fixed-line traffic per line- 2014 - 2015
      • Table Market share of fixed line traffic by operator - 2014 - 2015
      • Table Telecom market growth - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Telecom sector contribution to GDP - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Telecom sector investment - 1999 - 2014
      • Table Telecom sector revenue and annual growth - 1998 - 2014
    • TELECOMS REFORM
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • PRIVATISATION
    • DEREGULATION
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT RULES
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Market share of fixed lines by operator - 2014 - 2015
    • TELMEX/AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Telmex revenue, EBITDA - 2011 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
    • 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 internet accesses by medium - 2014
        • Table Proportion of residential broadband accesses by platform - 2013 - 2015
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and annual change - 2016
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
      • Access
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers --2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Megacable
        • Table Megacable cable modem subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Megacable ARPU - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Megacable revenue by sector - 2010 - 2015
      • Cablemás
        • Table Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Cablemás financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2015
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
        • Table Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2015
    • 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 - 2015
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • CABLE TV (CATV)
      • Table Market share of cable TV subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
      • Table Historical - Cable TV subscribers - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Megacable TV subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • DIRECT-TO-HOME (DTH) SATELLITE TV
      • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Televisa video subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Televisa RGUs by service - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Televisa financial data - 2013 - 2015
    • PAY TV STATISTICS
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate - 1998 - 2015
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Mobile market investment - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Market share of mobile subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
      • Prepaid
        • Table Historic - Prepaid / postpaid subscribers and annual change - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Prepaid / postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Historic - Mobile traffic - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Historic - Mobile traffic - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic - 2006 - 2015
        • Table SMS messages per subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
      • Forecasts
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Regulatory authorities
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
      • State network pilot
      • Telecom legislative reform
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Telcel subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Telcel wireless service revenue - 2010 - 2015
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Movistar minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Movistar financial data - 2008 - 2015
      • Grupo Iusacell
        • Table Iusacell subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Iusacell financial data - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) - 2000 - 2007
      • Nextel de México
        • Table Nextel Mexico financial data - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Nextel Mexico financial data (new format) - 2015
        • Table Nextel Mexico subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payment services
      • M-banking

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