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Paraguay - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Paraguay - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Paraguay's regulator completes 700MHz auction

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 telecom sector 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 broadband services, hampered growth in the sector and resulted in relatively low penetration. Available technologies include DSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the DSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. DSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity. There is a fast growing fibre broadband market, though the number of subscribers remains small while network builds remain limited to certain pockets within the major cities.

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 (Núcleo), 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.

Key developments:

Regulator raises $84 million from 700MHz auction;

Regulator approves updated National Telecommunications Plan 2016 2020;

Tigo to invest $100 million to provide 66% population coverage with LTE by end-2020;

Paraguay joins the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to for 2016, operator data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Evolution of GDP in Paraguay - 2000 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers- 1998 - 2016
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • COPACO
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International bandwidth - 2005- 2016
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
  • WHOLESALE
  • DATA CENTRES
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Tigo broadband homes connected - 2015 - 2017
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration - 1998 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and user penetration - 2005 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2000 - 2009
      • Table Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by platform- 2009 - 2016
      • Table Fixed internet subscribers by access speed - 2011 - 2016
    • WIMAX
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers -2018; 2020; 2022
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • EHEALTH
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Mobile operators' market share - 2002 - 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS / MMS
        • Table SMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
        • Table MMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2017
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast mobile broadband subscribers -2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Mobile spectrum distribution
      • Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz
      • Spectrum auction - 700MHz
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
        • Table Tigo mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Tigo revenue - 2015 - 2017
      • Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)
        • Table Personal - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Personal ARPU - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Personal mobile revenue - 2011 - 2017
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
        • Table Vox mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2016
  • RELATED REPORTS

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