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.
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.
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.