Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

With a population approaching 125 million and with relatively low broadband and mobile penetration, Mexico's telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex and by Grupo Televisa, which together retain about two thirds of subscribers overall. A regulator newly set up in 2013 has enforced measures aimed at removing barriers to foreign investment and at reducing the market share of these dominant operators. The reforms are helping to make Mexico's telecom market more competitive. One result of competitive pressure is the decision of Telefónica Group to exit the Mexican telecoms market, a process which is being undertaken in stages which includes the sale of fibre assets, the migration of mobile subscribers to AT&T Mexico's network and the return of spectrum concessions to the regulator. The Group sold units in Guatemala and El Salvador in March 2019.

In the fixed broadband sector significant changes are underway, with the main cable TV providers Megacable and Grupo Televisa widening their bundled services offerings, and with some important market consolidation. The fibre sector has shown particularly strong growth during the last two years as the key operators expand their network reach beyond the core densely urban areas.

The mobile market also continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of regulatory efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel. Although the MVNO segment has only a very small market share it continues to attract investment, and new players enter the market each year. A wholesale mobile network operating in the 700MHz band was set up in 2018 and will reach the vast majority of the population by 2025. Developments in 5G have been slow given the existing capacity of LTE, though the auction of spectrum in the 600MHz band (among the first globally) by late 2020 will stimulate the sector as operators launch services from 2021.

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 of 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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Televisa launches services as an MVNO;
Telefónica returns 800MHz, 1900MHz and 2.5GHz licences to the regulator;
Hughes Network Systems begins delivering first of 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to serve rural areas;
Movistar and AT&T sign network sharing deal;
Regulator confirms 600MHz auction for end-2020;
Movistar to hand back spectrum concessions as it exits Mexican market;
MNOs prepare to shut down legacy GSM networks;
Regulator rekindles SIM card registration program;
América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks;
Report update includes the regulators market data report to June 2019, telcos financial and operating data to Q1 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, 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.
Henry LancasterJanuary 2020


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mexico – 2020 (e)
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison
    • TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Country overview
  • COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
    • ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS AND RESPONSES
    • MOBILE DEVICES
    • SUBSCRIBERS
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Telecommunications market
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Change in the number of employed in the telecom sector – 2011 – 2019
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Change in telecom sector's contribution to GDP – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Share of telecom market revenue by sector – 2017- 2018
      • Table Change in telecom revenue and annual growth – 2009 - 2019
      • Table Development of fixed-line and mobile sector revenue – 2015 – 2018
    • TELECOMS REFORM
  • Regulatory environment
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • FIXED-LINE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Privatisation
      • Deregulation
      • Foreign investment rules
        • Table Foreign investment in telecoms – 2011 – 2019
    • MOBILE NETWORK DEVELOPMENTS
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Increase in the number of mobile number of portings – 2009 – 2017
      • Roaming
      • Telecom legislative reform
      • SIM card registration
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Change in mobile market share of subscribers by major operator – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Development of mobile market revenue and investment – 2009 – 2018
        • Table Development of the number of repaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 – 2019
        • Table Change in the proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Distribution of spectrum by band – 2020
      • Table Distribution of spectrum by operator – 2020
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table Growth in the number of Movistar's LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 – 2019
      • 2G
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Open networks
      • Satellite mobile
      • IoT
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Decline in SMS traffic – 2006 – 2020
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Change in the proportion of mobile data traffic by network technology – 2015 – 2019
      • Table Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
      • Table Change in the market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2019
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by main operator – 2013 – 2019
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Growth in the number of Telcel's subscribers and annual change – 2009 – 2020
        • Table Development of Telcel's churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 – 2020
        • Table Change in the number of Telcel's prepaid and contract subscribers – 2016 – 2020
        • Table Development of Telcel's wireless revenue – 2010 – 2020
      • Movistar
        • Table Growth in the number of Movistar's mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 – 2019
        • Table Development of Movistar's financial data – 2006 – 2020
      • AT&T Mexico
        • Table AT&T Mexico revenue – 2015 – 2019
        • Table AT&T Mexico ARPU – 2018 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of AT&T Mexico's mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO share of the mobile market by subscribers – 2014 – 2018
        • Table Change in the number of mobile subscribers by main MVNO – 2014 – 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile economy
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Change in the proportion of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
      • Table Broadband lines by data rates – 2017 – 2018
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
      • Municipal broadband
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
      • Table Change in market share of broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2019
      • Table Change in market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2019
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • Table Growth in the number of cable modem broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of Megacable's cable modem subscribers – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Change in Megacable's ARPU – 2007 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of Cablemás's cable modem subscribers – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Change in the number of Televisa's RGUs by sector – 2016 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of Cablevisión's cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) network
        • Table Decline in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2020
        • Table Growth in the number of Infinitum's DSL subscribers – 2009 – 2020
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table Growth in the number of FttP broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2019
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table Decline in the number of wireless broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2020
        • Table Change in the number of satellite broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Fixed network operators
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Change in market share of fixed lines by operator – 2014 – 2019
    • TELMEX/AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Table Change in the number of Telmex's fixed-line RGUs – 2009 – 2020
      • Table Decline in the number of Telmex's fixed-line subscribers – 2015 – 2019
      • Table Development of Telmex's revenue, EBITDA – 2011 – 2020
    • MEGACABLE
      • Table Growth of Megacable's revenue by sector – 2010 – 2019
      • Table Growth in the number of Megacable's fixed-line subscribers – 2012 – 2019
      • Table Decline in Megacable's fixed-line ARPU – 2012 – 2019
    • GRUPO TELEVISA
      • Table Growth in the number of Televisa's telephony subscribers – 2016 – 2019
      • Table Development of Televisa's financial data – 2017 – 2019
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
    • NATIONAL NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY
    • DATA CENTRES
  • Historic data
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile market share of subscribers by major operator – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile market revenue – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Telecom revenue and annual growth – 1998 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Internet users and annual change - 2000 – 2018
    • Table Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 – 2012
    • Table Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Average fixed-line traffic per line– 2014 – 2016
    • Table Historic - Market share of fixed line traffic by operator – 2014 – 2016
    • Table Historic - Telecom sector contribution to GDP – 2004 – 2009
    • Table Historic - cable modem broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity – 1996 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Megacable cable modem subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Cablemás cable modem subscribers – 2002 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Cablemás financial data – 2012 – 2014
    • Table Telcel Historic - subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Movistar subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Infinitum DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers – 2002 – 2009
  • Glossary of abbreviations
  • Related reports

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