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

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

Paraguay's regulator approves the National Telecommunications Plan 2016-2020

The state-owned incumbent, Corporación Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) retains a monopoly on all fixed-line voice services, including local telephony, international long distance telephony, and VoIP. In the mobile market, however, there has been competition since 1998. The internet market is also open to competition, and there are over a dozen ISPs offering services. Copaco lost its monopoly over the international backbone for internet connectivity in early 2009.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has been helped by the poor condition of much of the country's fixed-line infrastructure. Underinvestment in infrastructure by Copaco has meant that lift Paraguay's teledensity remains very low for the region. There is little expectation that the situation will be addressed effectively until the operator is restructured.

Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguay's telecommunications generally is the country's landlocked position, which makes it dependant on neighbouring nations for interconnection with submarine cable networks. This has driven up the price of telecom services, particularly broadband.

In light of these difficulties, Paraguay's fixed broadband market has also been hampered. The high cost of international access has contributed to low penetration though there has been rapid growth in recent years in Asunción and other major urban centres. Available technologies include ADSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the ADSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. ADSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity.

Copaco's main competitor in the fixed broadband market is Millicom's Tigo, which offers broadband via cable modem under the brand name Tigo Hogar. The service is available in Asunción and neighbouring towns over a Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) network. Tigo also provides broadband using WiMAX and FttP technologies.

There is effective competition in the mobile market, which is served by four operators: Tigo (the market leader), Telecom Argentina's Personal, América Móvil's Claro, and Copaco's Vox. These operators have capitalised on the opportunities created by poor fixed-line infrastructure and by consumer demand for mobile voice and data services. There are about 18 mobile phones in Paraguay for every fixed-line in service, the highest proportion in Latin America.

Table 1 Market penetration rates in Paraguay's telecoms sector 2015 (e)
Sector | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 7.5%
Fixed-broadband | 2.6%
Mobile telephony | 108.6%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

Completed auction of AWS spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands enable Claro and Tigo to expand LTE services;
Regulator approves updated National Telecommunications Plan 2016 2020;
Tigo to invest $100 million to provide 66% population coverage with LTE by end-2020.
Satellite TV services drive growth in the number of pay TV subscribers;
Free Wi-Fi networks set up in 50 town centres, paid for by the Universal Service Fund (USF);
Paraguay joins the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;
Regulator prepares for auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2015, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Copaco, Millicom (Tigo Paraguay), Vox, América Móvil (Claro Paraguay), Grupo Clarin, DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Argentina).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Number Portability
5.4 Universal Service Fund
5.5 Foreign investment
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Copaco
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.1.2 Public payphones
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
8. Wholesale
9. Data centres
10. Fixed-line broadband market
10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
10.2 Broadband statistics
10.3 WiMAX
10.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
11. Digital economy
11.1 eHealth
12. Digital Media
12.1 Videostreaming
12.2 Pay TV
12.3 Digital terrestrial TV
12.4 Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
13. Mobile market
13.1 Market analysis
13.2 Mobile statistics
13.3 Mobile data
13.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
13.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
13.4 Mobile broadband
13.5 Forecasts mobile market 2016; 2085; 2021
13.6 Regulatory issues
13.6.1 Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions
13.6.2 Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz
13.6.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
13.7 Mobile infrastructure
13.7.1 Digital networks
13.7.2 Other infrastructure developments
13.8 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
13.9 Major mobile operators
13.9.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
13.9.2 Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)
13.9.3 Claro (América Móvil)
13.9.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
14. Related reports
Table 1 Market penetration rates in Paraguay's telecoms sector 2015 (e)
Table 2 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Evolution of GDP in Paraguay 2000 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 10 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2009
Table 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2015
Table 14 International bandwidth 2005- 2015
Table 15 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 16 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2000 - 2009
Table 18 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 19 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2009 2016
Table 21 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2013
Table 22 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 24 Pay TV subscribers by platform 2010- 2015
Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 26 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 27 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 - 2015
Table 28 Mobile operators' market share 2002 - 2015
Table 35 SMS traffic 2012 - 2015
Table 36 MMS traffic 2012 - 2014
Table 30 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2009 - 2013
Table 31 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 32 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2018; 2022
Table 34 Mobile spectrum distribution
Table 37 Tigo - mobile subscribers 2002 2016
Table 38 Personal - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 39 Personal handset sales 2011 - 2013
Table 40 Personal ARPU 2010 - 2015
Table 41 Personal mobile revenue 2011 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2016
Chart 2 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2016
Chart 3 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2005 2016
Chart 4 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2015
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 6 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Paraguay

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