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Peru - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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Peru - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Although Peru's mobile penetration is below the regional average, it measures up favourably with the country's GDP per capita, which is comparatively lower. Nevertheless, the country's penetration data hides the fact that about one quarter of the population has no mobile phone at all, while many Peruvians especially urban dwellers have multiple mobile subscriptions.

Three companies compete in the mobile market: Telefónica, trading as Movistar, is the leader; América Móvil, trading as Claro, is in second place; and third is Nextel Perú. Vietnam's Viettel is due to become Peru's fourth mobile network operator, with service launch expected in the second half of 2013, while Virgin Mobile plans to enter the market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

After lengthy negotiations, Movistar's licences were renewed in January 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, Movistar must invest about US$1.15 billion to expand coverage to unserviced areas, and it must provide free broadband connections to state schools, healthcare centres, and police stations.

Peru's mobile market still has considerable potential to expand, especially if economic growth continues to lift people out of poverty. Furthermore, due to the country's low fixed broadband penetration, 3G services are likely to boom in the coming years. With the expansion of UMTS networks and the declining price of laptops and smartphones, we expect mobile broadband and phone-based internet browsing to escalate.

Accompanied by key market statistics and analyses, this report provides an overview of the market and a brief profile of mobile operators. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Movistar and Entel Chile win spectrum for LTE services at a public auction held in July 2013; Entel Chile completes acquisition of Nextel Peru; text messaging in Peru is undeveloped compared with other Latin American countries; Movistar launches commercial LTE services in Lima; Viettel prepares to launch mobile services; Americatel Peru plans US$400 million investment in LTE; market developments to January 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telefónica del Perú (trading as Movistar), América Móvil Perú (trading as Claro), Nextel Perú, Viettel Peru, Virgin Mobile.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Peru's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Spectrum regulations
3.2 Spectrum auctions and awards
3.2.1 Second Generation (2G) mobile
3.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
3.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
3.3 Mobile licence renewals
3.4 SIM card registration
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Overview
4.2 Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
4.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
4.4.1 Labelling controversy
4.4.2 LTE deployment
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
5.2 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
5.3 Nextel Perú (Entel Chile)
5.4 Viettel Peru
6. Mobile Messaging
6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
7. Mobile broadband
8. Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2020
9.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
9.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
9.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
10. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2013
Table 2 Mobile market share by operator 1997 - 2013
Table 3 Mobile ARPU in Peru major operators 2009 - 2012
Table 4 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2001 - 2013
Table 5 Movistar mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 6 Claro mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 7 Nextel subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 8 SMS by operator 2004 - 2013
Table 9 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2013
Table 10 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Mobile operators' market share at a glance March 2013
Exhibit 1 Bands and spectrum
Exhibit 2 Telefónica Móviles Perú at a glance
Exhibit 3 Claro Perú at a glance
Exhibit 4 Nextel Perú at a glance

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