Market Research Logo

Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

For those seeking high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

  • Forecast growth in select telecommunication markets;
  • The emerging trends and convergence in the Mexican voice, broadband and digital TV sectors;
  • How Mexico is faring in terms of global broadband development;
  • The growth of wireless voice and data and the deployment of 3G and 4G technologies;
  • Key information on the major telecommunication operators;
  • Scenario forecasts for the fixed line, mobile, and broadband markets.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

BuddeComm’s annual publication, ‘Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts,’ profiles the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets in Mexico. It also examines the convergence of these technologies with each other and with digital media such as digital TV and the emergence of new telecommunication services such as VoIP.

Because of Mexico’s geographical position and its strong trading connection with the USA, the economic climate of the country follows that of the USA. Mexico’s principal import and export partner is the USA; hence, when the USA is in recession, Mexico tends to follow. Indeed, the US economy contracted by approximately 0.5% in the third quarter 2008 and a further 1.5% in the fourth quarter, with Mexico following suit at negative growth of 1% for the fourth quarter 2008.

In relation to the telecoms industry specifically, industry growth has long outpaced the broader economic growth. Although growth for 2008 was a healthy 27% (compared with economy-wide growth of 1.3%), the effect of the economic downturn was becoming evident as the year progressed. Industry growth dropped from a record high of 36% in the second quarter 2008, down to 24% in the third quarter and to 14% for the fourth quarter. This trend is expected to continue through 2009 before increasing again in 2010.

The implementation of mobile number portability in mid-2008 together with the planned wireless spectrum auctions in 2009 are expected to boost competition in the mobile market and facilitate the launch of next generation mobile technology. The predominance of mobile phones over fixed lines, prevalent in all of Latin America, is expected to continue in Mexico.

This report provides overviews, analyses and detailed statistics of the Mexican fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets including developments in emerging technologies such as wireless broadband and VoIP and scenario forecasts for the fixed-line, mobile, and broadband markets.

1. KEY STATISTICS
2. TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Fixed-line sector
2.1.2 Mobile sector
2.1.3 Cable TV sector
2.1.4 Satellite DTH sector
2.2 Market analysis - 2008 - 2009
3. REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
3.1 Overview
3.1.1 Privatisation
3.1.2 Deregulation
3.1.3 Foreign investment restriction
3.1.4 Privacy protection
3.1.5 Antitrust laws
3.1.6 Consumer protection and spam
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel)
3.2.2 Under Ministry for Communications and Transport (SCT)
3.2.3 Comisión Federal de Competencia, (CFC)
3.3 Interconnection
3.4 Settlement rates and resale
3.5 Calling-Party-Pays (CPP)
3.6 Convergence regulation
4. FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN MEXICO
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Local telephony
4.1.2 Long-distance domestic and international telephony
4.2 Teléfonos de México (Telmex)
4.3 Alestra
4.4 Axtel
4.4.1 Avantel
4.5 Maxcom
4.6 Marcatel
5. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
5.1 National telecom networks
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Terrestrial networks
5.2.2 Submarine cable networks
5.2.3 Satellite networks
5.2.3.1 SatMex
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.3.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
5.3.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6. INTERNET MARKET
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Internet statistics
6.2 ISP market
7. BROADBAND MARKET
7.1 Overview
7.2 ADSL
7.2.1 Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
7.3 Cable modems
7.4 Wireless broadband
7.4.1 WiFi
7.4.2 WiMAX
7.4.3 Internet via satellite
7.5 Broadband over powerline (BPL)
8. CONVERGENCE
8.1 Overview of media convergence
8.2 Triple play regulation issues
8.3 Triple play and VoIP developments
8.4 Digital TV
8.4.1 Cable TV (CATV)
8.4.1.1 Megacable
8.4.1.2 Cablemás
8.4.1.3 Cablevisión
8.4.2 Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Systems (MMDS)
8.4.2.1 MVS Multivisión
8.4.3 DTH satellite TV
8.4.3.1 Sky Mexico
8.4.3.2 Dish Mexico
8.4.4 Interactive TV
8.4.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
9.1 Overview of Mexico’s mobile (cell phone) market
9.1.1 Mobile (cellular) statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Spectrum auctions
9.2.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.3.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Telcel
9.4.2 Movistar
9.4.3 Grupo Iusacell
9.4.4 Unefón
9.4.5 Nextel de México
9.5 Mobile voice services
9.5.1 Minutes of Use (MOU)
9.5.2 Prepaid
9.5.3 Satellite mobile
9.6 Mobile data services
9.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
9.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
9.6.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.6.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
9.6.6 High capacity mobile voice/data services (CDMA2000 1xRTT)
9.6.7 Broadband wireless data service (1x EV-DO)
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 Location-Based Services (LBS)
10. FORECASTS
10.1 Overview
10.2 Forecasts - fixed-line market to 2015
10.3 Forecasts - broadband market to 2015
10.4 Forecasts - mobile market to 2015
11. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1 - Country statistics Mexico - 2008
Table 2 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2008
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - 2008
Table 4 - Internet provider statistics - 2008
Table 5 - Internet user statistics - 2009
Table 6 - Broadband statistics - 2008
Table 7 - Mobile statistics - 2008
Table 8 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 9 - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2008
Table 10 - Telmex lines in service and annual change − 1997 - 2008
Table 11 - Alestra lines in service by sector and annual change − 1999 - 2007
Table 12 - Axtel lines in service and annual change − 2002 - 2007
Table 13 - Maxcom lines in service and annual change − 2001 - 2008
Table 14 - Internet users, annual change and penetration rate − 2000 - 2009
Table 15 - Internet subscribers by access technology − 2000 - 2008
Table 16 - Location based computer use − 2005 - 2009
Table 17 - Prodigy Infinitum ADSL subscriber lines and annual change − 2002 - 2008
Table 18 - Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change − 2001 - 2008
Table 19 - Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change − 2002 - 2008
Table 20 - Cablevisión cable modem subscribers and annual change − 2002 - 2008
Table 21 - Cable VoIP subscribers per major provider − 2006 - 2008
Table 22 - Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change & penetration - 1998 - 2008
Table 23 - Megacable pay TV subscribers and annual change − 2001 - 2008
Table 24 - Megacable ARPU by service − 2007 - 2008
Table 25 - Cablemás CATV subscribers and annual change − 2002 - 2008
Table 26 - Cablemás CATV, broadband and VoIP ARPUs and churn − 2006 - 2008
Table 27 - Cablevisión pay TV subscribers and annual change − 2000 - 2008
Table 28 - Sky DTH subscribers and annual change − 1999 - 2008
Table 29 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2008
Table 30 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 1996 - 2008
Table 31 - Mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2008
Table 32 - Mobile penetration by region − 2002 - 2006
Table 33 - Telcel subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2008
Table 34 - Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2007 - 2008
Table 35 - Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2008
Table 36 - Movistar churn, minutes of use and ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 37 - Iusacell subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2008
Table 38 - Unefón subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2007
Table 39 - Nextel Mexico churn and monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2008
Table 40 - Monthly and yearly minutes of use and annual change - 2000 - 2007
Table 41 - Prepaid/postpaid subscribers and annual change - 1997 - 2008
Table 42 - Forecast fixed line subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010; 2015
Table 43 - Forecast fixed line subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010; 2015
Table 44 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010; 2015
Table 45 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010; 2015
Table 46 - Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010; 2015
Table 47 - Forecast mobile subscribers - upper growth scenario - 2010; 2015
LIST OF EXHIBITS
Exhibit 1 - Fixed-line local telephony licence holders
Exhibit 2 - Fixed-wireless local telephony licence holders
Exhibit 3 - Long-distance licence holders
Exhibit 4 - Telmex at a glance
Exhibit 5 - Major submarine cable networks landing in Mexico
Exhibit 6 - Triple play case study - Megacable
Exhibit 7 - Mobile telephone regions in Mexico
Exhibit 8 - Licences of mobile operators
Exhibit 9 - Telefónica acquisitions: Bajacel, Movitel, Norcel, Cedetel, and Pegaso

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report