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Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mexico preps for 600MHz auction for mobile broadband use
With a population of over 123 million and a fixed-line teledensity of above 18%, Mexico’s fixed-line telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex and Grupo Televisa, which together retain about two thirds of subscribers. A 2013 telecom reform law set up a new regulator which has 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. Progress was noted in an early-2018 OECD report which highlighted the beneficial effects of telecom sector reform, particularly in reducing the cost of services. Regulatory efforts are continuing to enforce the separation of América Móvil’s fixed-line and mobile businesses.
The broadband sector is a significant growth area in Mexico’s telecoms market. Despite market concentration there are significant changes under way, with the main cable TV providers Megacable and Grupo Televisa widening their bundled services offerings 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 regulatory efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel. The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum, though only AT&T Mexico and Telcel were eligible to bid for AWS licences at auction in February 2016, while in mid-2018 only AT&T and Movistar were awarded spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.
A wholesale mobile network aimed at delivering mobile voice and data to underserved areas was made available for use in March 2018, initially covering about a third of the population but to be extended to at least 92% by 2025. By mid-2018 the first operators had launched mobile and fixed wireless services on the network, and the MVNO Virgin Mobile was looking to switch to it from its existing host network.
This report provides statistics and analyses on Mexico’s fixed-line market, as well as an overview of regulatory developments. The report also reviews the mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts. In addition, the report covers the fixed and mobile broadband sectors, including an assessment of technological and regulatory developments.

Key developments:

Grupo Televisa considers sae of its cable assets;
Telefónica sets up an IoT laboratory in Mexico;
Regulator preps for early 2019 auction for 600MHz spectrum for 5G services;
AT&T launches LTE-M service;
Regulator awards 2.5GHz spectrum to AT&T and Movistar;
Wholesale mobile network becomes available for telcos;
América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks;
América Móvil ordered to continue separating its mobile and fixed businesses;
Telecomm-Telégrafos issues tender guidelines for contract to build a 25,000km wholesale access network;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data report to March 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis
2.3 Telecoms reform
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Regulatory authorities
3.2 Privatisation
3.3 Deregulation
3.4 Foreign investment rules
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Telmex/América Móvil
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.2 National network infrastructure developments
5.3 Smart infrastructure
5.3.1 Smart grid technology
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Government support
6.1.3 Broadband statistics
6.1.4 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.2.1 Megacable
6.2.2 Cablemás
6.2.3 Cablevisión
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.3.1 Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Wi-Fi
6.5.2 WiMAX
6.5.3 Internet via satellite
6.5.4 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Digital media
7.1 Videostreaming
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General statistics
8.3 Mobile infrastructure
8.3.1 4G (LTE)
8.3.2 Other infrastructure developments
8.3.3 Mobile data
8.3.4 Mobile broadband
8.3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
8.4 Regulatory issues
8.4.1 Regulatory authorities
8.4.2 Spectrum auctions
8.4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
8.4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.4.5 Roaming
8.4.6 Telecom legislative reform
8.5 Major mobile operators
8.5.1 Telcel
8.5.2 Movistar
8.5.3 AT&T Mexico
8.5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.6 Mobile content and applications
8.6.1 M-payment services
8.6.2 M-banking
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mexico 2018 (e)
Table 2 Telecom sector employment 2011 - 2018
Table 3 Average fixed-line traffic per line 2014 - 2017
Table 4 Market share of fixed line traffic by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 5 Telecom sector contribution to GDP 2004 - 2018
Table 6 Share of telecom market revenue by sector 2017- 2018
Table 7 Telecom value to GDP and annual growth 1998 - 2018
Table 8 Fixed-line and mobile sector revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 9 Foreign investment in telecoms 2009 - 2016
Table 10 Market share of fixed lines by operator 2014 - 2018
Table 11 Telmex fixed-line RGUs 2009 - 2018
Table 12 Telmex fixed-line subscribers 2015 - 2018
Table 13 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 - 2018
Table 14 Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 1996 - 2009
Table 15 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 16 Proportion of broadband lines by data rates 2014 - 2018
Table 17 Broadband lines by data rates 2017 - 2018
Table 18 Internet users and annual change - 2000 2018
Table 19 Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2012
Table 20 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 - 2018
Table 21 Market share of broadband subscribers by operator 2014 - 2018
Table 22 Market share of broadband subscribers by platform 2014 - 2018
Table 23 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 24 Cable modem broadband subscribers 2001 2018
Table 25 Megacable cable modem subscribers 2001 2018
Table 26 Megacable ARPU 2007 - 2018
Table 27 Megacable revenue by sector 2010 - 2018
Table 28 Cablemás cable modem subscribers 2002 2017
Table 29 Historic - Cablemás financial data 2012 2014
Table 30 Televisa RGUs by sector 2016 2018
Table 31 Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers 2002 2017
Table 32 DSL broadband subscribers 2001 2018
Table 33 - Prodigy Infinitum DSL subscribers 2002 2018
Table 34 FttP broadband subscribers 2013 2018
Table 35 Wireless broadband subscribers 2013 2018
Table 36 Satellite broadband subscribers 2013 2018
Table 37 Axtel subscribers by platform 2014 - 2018
Table 38 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2018
Table 39 Mobile market share by major operator 2001 - 2018
Table 40 Mobile market revenue 2001 - 2018
Table 41 Mobile market investment ($) 2001 - 2013
Table 42 Mobile market investment (MXN) 2013 - 2016
Table 43 Prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 44 Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 45 Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration 2016 - 2018
Table 46 SMS traffic 2006 - 2018
Table 47 SMS messages per subscriber 2006 - 2015
Table 48 Proportion of mobile data traffic by network technology 2015 - 2018
Table 49 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 50 Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2014 - 2018
Table 51 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 52 Mobile number portings 2009 - 2015
Table 53 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2018
Table 54 Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2018
Table 55 Telcel wireless revenue 2010 - 2018
Table 56 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 57 Movistar minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2018
Table 58 Movistar financial data 2008 - 2018
Table 59 AT&T Mexico financial data 2015 2018
Table 60 AT&T Mexico subscribers 2000 2018
Table 61 Iusacell financial data (historic) 2012 2013
Table 62 Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) 2000 - 2007
Table 63 Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) 2012 - 2014
Chart 1 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 2018
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2005 2018
Chart 3 Proportion of broadband accesses by platform 2014 2018
Chart 4 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 2018
Chart 5 Megacable revenue by sector 2010 2018
Chart 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2018
Chart 7 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 2018
Chart 8 Movistar financial data 2008 2018

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