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Peru - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Peru - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Peru's mobile penetration is on a par with the regional average, though high penetration is attributed to the popular use (especially urban dwellers) of multiple mobile subscriptions. This phenomenon is becoming less pronounced as network operators respond to market competition by providing generous data and voice bundles (so obviating the need for SIM cards from different networks) and as the regulator endeavours to remove illegal devices and unregistered SIM cards from the market.

Four mobile network operators compete in the mobile market: Telefónica Perú, trading as Movistar Perú, is the leading player and is followed by América Móvil's local unit, trading as Claro Perú, and by the rebranded Entel Perú (formerly Nextel Perú) in third place. Vietnam's Viettel, trading as Bitel, is the fourth player. Having launched services in mid-2014 the company has quickly gained subscribers and by June 2018 had a market share of 12.6%. The company has also launched LTE services, complementing its existing 3G network.

In September 2016 Virgin Mobile became the first MVNO to launch services, hosted by Movistar, and by late 2017 a small number of other MVNOs had been licensed.

Peru's mobile market still has considerable potential to expand, especially given the country's low fixed broadband penetration which has encouraged the take-up of mobile data services. The auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band and the release of spectrum in the 2.6GHz range has enabled the MNOs to expand the reach and capability of LTE services nationally.

This report provides an overview of Peru's mobile market, including profiles of the key operators and their strategies, as well as market statistics and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

MTC to re-assign spectrum allocations in 2019 to facilitate 5G deployment;
Regulator appoints new management company for number portability database to 2024;
MTRs to be reduced from January 2019;
Movistar and Claro extend reach of LTE-S services;
Mobile roaming deal agreed with Chile;
Virgin Mobile Latin America sells its Virgin Mobile Peru unit to Incacel;
Blacklisted mobile devices blocked;
New rules enforced to streamline deployment of mobile infrastructure;
Claro Perú and Movistar Perú extend TD-LTE in remote areas;
Regulator claims MNOs need to provide an additional 16,443 base stations by 2025;
National Bank Association ASBANC selects Ericsson's Wallet Platform for mobile financial services;
Regulator auctions 700MHz spectrum for LTE services;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to June 2018, telcos' financial and operating data for Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica del Perú (Movistar), América Móvil Perú (Claro), Entel Perú, Viettel Peru (Bitel), Virgin Mobile.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations
4.2 Spectrum auctions and awards
4.2.1 2G
4.2.2 3G
4.2.3 AWS (1710MHz-1770MHz and 2110MHz-2170MHz)
4.2.4 700MHz
4.2.5 2.6GHz
4.3 SIM card registration
4.4 Roaming
4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 4G (LTE)
5.2 3G
5.3 2G
5.4 Other infrastructure developments
5.4.1 Mobile satellite
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
6.2 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
6.3 Entel Perú
6.4 Viettel Peru (Bitel)
6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 m-commerce
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Mobile market share by operator 2001 - 2018
Table 4 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 5 SMS traffic 2004 - 2018
Table 6 MMS traffic 2004 - 2018
Table 7 Mobile broadband subscribers (modem, USB) and penetration 2009 - 2018
Table 8 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 9 Accumulated mobile number portings by operator July 2014 - Sept 2018
Table 10 Movistar Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 11 Movistar Peru mobile revenue 2001 - 2018
Table 12 Claro Peru mobile revenue 2009 - 2018
Table 13 Claro Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 14 Entel Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 15 Entel Peru revenue (ChS/.) 2013 2017
Table 16 Entel Peru revenue ($) 2013 2018
Table 17 Entel Peru mobile ARPU (US$) 2017 2018
Table 18 Viettel Peru mobile subscribers 2014 - 2018
Table 19 Virgin Mobile Peru mobile subscribers 2016 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 2 Mobile market share by operator 2001 - 2018
Chart 3 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2004 2018
Chart 4 Movistar Peru mobile revenue 2001 2018
Exhibit 1 Bands and spectrum

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