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Peru - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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Peru’s fixed-line teledensity is the third lowest in South America after Bolivia and Paraguay. Obstacles to fixed-line growth include widespread poverty, fixed-to-mobile substitution, expensive telephone services, and geographical inaccessibility in the rugged Andean mountains and lowland Amazon jungles. The Telecommunications Investment Fund FITEL provides subsidies for telecom services in rural areas and other places that are marginal to private providers.

Fixed/mobile consolidation

continues to reshape Peru’s telecom industry, with both América Móvil and Telefónica having decided to merge their fixed and mobile operations. In May 2012, América Móvil Perú completed the merger by absorption of its sister company Telmex Perú, a process begun in 2010 when América Móvil acquired Telmex International and, shortly after, Telmex Perú adopted América Móvil’s brand name Claro. Likewise, Telefónica’s fixed and mobile operations have been united under the brand name Movistar since early 2011, and the group has approved the merger by absorption of Telefónica Móviles Perú into Telefónica del Perú. But the proposed merger has become tied up with Telefónica’s mobile licence renewal, which has been the subject of lengthy controversy. As a result, regulatory approval has been delayed.

This report provides an overview of Peru’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and fixed-line scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Movistar’s long-distance revenues fall 23% and its pay TV sales climb 44%; Claro’s fixed-line market share continues to grow while Movistar’s shrinks; FITEL’s 2012 agenda includes 10 projects that are being subsidised and another 23 in the pipeline.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telefónica del Perú (trading as Movistar), América Móvil Perú (trading as Claro), Americatel Perú, Gamacon, IDT, Convergia, Gilat To Home Perú, Rural Telecom, Valtron, and Nextel del Perú.


1. Synopsis
2. Fixed-network operators in Peru
2.1 Overview of operators
2.1.1 Local fixed-line service
2.1.2 Long-distance fixed-line service
2.2 Movistar Perú (Telefónica)
2.3 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
2.4 Americatel Perú
2.5 Gilat To Home Perú (GHP)
3. Telecommunications infrastructure
3.1 National telecom network
3.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
3.1.2 Public payphones
3.1.3 Rural telephony and FITEL
3.1.4 Copper cable theft
3.2 International infrastructure
3.2.1 Submarine cable networks
3.2.2 Satellite networks
3.3 Infrastructure developments
3.3.1 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
3.3.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
3.3.3 CDMA 450
3.3.4 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
4. Wholesale
5. Forecasts – fixed-line market 2015; 2020
5.1 Scenario 1 – higher fixed line growth
5.2 Scenario 2 – lower fixed line growth
5.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Fixed lines in service – operator market share – 2001 - 2012
Table 2 – Domestic long distance traffic – operator market share – 2000 - 2012
Table 3 – International long distance traffic (outgoing ) – operator market share – 2000 - 2012
Table 4 – Movistar – fixed lines in service – 2001 - 2012
Table 5 – Claro – fixed lines in service – 2001 - 2012
Table 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2012
Table 7 – Fibre optic cable – 2002 - 2011
Table 8 – Public telephones – 1997 - 2012
Table 9 – Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2012
Table 10 – Forecast fixed line growth – higher growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Table 11 – Forecast fixed line growth – lower growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Chart 1 – Fixed-line market share at a glance – March 2012
Chart 2 – Evolution of fixed lines in Peru – 2000 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Telefónica del Perú at a glance
Exhibit 2 – Movistar rebranding
Exhibit 3 – Claro Perú at a glance
Exhibit 4 – América Móvil Perú/Telmex Perú – company history

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