Broadband subscriber penetration in Peru is about 77% lower than average for Latin America and the Caribbean. In a country where internet user penetration used to be remarkably high in the days of dial-up, and where individuals, businesses, and government are keen internet advocates, the poor development of fixed broadband may seem surprising. Reasons for the shortcoming are several. Besides the obvious barriers such as poverty, limited levels of literacy, low computer penetration, and rugged topography perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of competition, which has made broadband in Peru one of the slowest and most expensive in the region.
Nevertheless, strong broadband growth is predicted for the coming years thanks to the government's national broadband plan, which aims to provide internet connectivity via a fibre-optic backbone to the more remote regions of Peru. It will be a massive undertaking, requiring substantial funds to implement, but all going well it could substantially boost Peru's broadband penetration.
This report provides an overview of Peru's internet, broadband, and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.
More than half of Peru's internet users access the internet through privately owned telecentres known as cabinas públicas; cable broadband is poorly developed in Peru, with only about 2% household penetration, but the number of subscribers is growing annually at double-digit rates; China's VelaTel is looking to sell WiMAX (LTE ready) operator VelaTel Peru (formerly Perusat).
Companies covered in this report include:
Telefónica del Perú (trading as Movistar), América Móvil Perú (trading as Claro), Nextel Perú, Americatel Perú, Terra Perú, EMax, Yota del Perú (trading as Olo), VelaTel/Perusat, Star Global Com, Best Cable Peru, DirecTV.
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