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Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Peru nears completion of National Fibre-Optic Backbone project

Peru’s fixed-line teledensity is among the lowest in South America, at about 9.8%. 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. Nevertheless, the government continues to address these shortcomings through ambitious investment projects aimed at extending telecom infrastructure and services to underserved areas. Contracts have been awarded to develop telecom services to the regions, and by mid-2017 eight regional fibre-based networks will be connected to the National Fibre-Optic Backbone.

Telefónica del Perú dominates the telephony market though the company’s subscriber base has fallen in recent quarters. América Móvil’s Claro occupies a distant second place but its share is growing steadily, reaching about 21% by mid-2016. Americatel Peru, a subsidiary of Entel Chile, is third with about 1.3% market share.

Broadband subscriber penetration in Peru, at about 7% at the end of 2016, is considerably lower than the Latin American average. The shortcoming in broadband penetration is partly due to socio-economic barriers and rugged topography which has made the extension of fixed-line infrastructure in some areas difficult. Perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of market competition, which has made broadband services in Peru among the slowest and most expensive in the region. Solutions are being found in mobile broadband alternatives. In May 2017 spectrum in the 700MHhz band was auctioned, enabling licensees to improve connectivity in urban areas. Licence conditions will deliver mobile broadband to 195 unserved or underserved communities.

Peru’s mobile penetration, broaching 113% by the end of 2016, is on a par with the regional average though this hides the fact that about a fifth of the population has no mobile phone at all, while many Peruvians – especially urban dwellers – have multiple mobile subscriptions.

There is effective competition in the mobile market, with four companies competing: Movistar Perú is the leading player with about 48% of the market, followed by Claro Perú and Entel Perú. Viettel, trading as Bitel, is the fourth mobile network operator. Having launched services in mid-2014 the company had signed up about 2.5 million subscribers by June 2016. Further developments are expected in the MVNO sector, following the launch of services by Virgin Mobile (first MVNO in the country) in September 2016.

This report provides an overview of Peru’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It includes a wide range of relevant statistics and analyses. The report also reviews the broadband and digital media markets, as well as the mobile voice and data markets, including an assessment of technologies, a profile of operators’ performance and strategies, and subscriber forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Government signs remaining contracts for regional broadband projects;
Additional non-validated SIM cards disconnected in October 2016 in an ongoing process;
Virgin Mobile Latin America sets up as an MVNO;
Growth in number portability stimulating competition;
Claro Perú and Movistar Perú extend TD-LTE in remote areas;
Regulator claims MNOs need to provide an additional 7,145 base stations by 2025;
Movistar Perú launches VoLTE services;
Regulator auctions 700MHz spectrum for LTE services;
Olo launches LTE services as a replacement for WiMAX offering;
Movistar to deploy converged DOCSIS3.1 and FttP network;
Report update includes the regulator’s data updates to June 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica del Perú (Movistar Perú), América Móvil Perú (Claro Perú), Americatel Perú, Gamacon, IDT, Convergia, Gilat To Home Perú, Rural Telecom, Valtron, and Nextel Perú, Terra Perú, EMax, Olo del Perú (Olo), VelaTel/Perusat, Star Global Com, Best Cable Perú, DirecTV, Entel Perú, Viettel Peru (Bitel), Virgin Mobile.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Peru - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Peru - 2000 - 2015
      • Table GDP and telecom revenue (S/.) - 2006 - 2015
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed and mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Percentage of households with access to ICT services - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Operator concessions by service - 2007 - 2015
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecommunications revenue - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Telecommunications sector investment - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Annual change in telecom service connections, by type - 2010 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Ministry of Transport, Communications, Housing and Construction (MTC)
      • Osiptel
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INVESTMENT FUND (FITEL)
    • MULTICARRIER SYSTEM
    • INTERCONNECT
    • DIFFERENTIATED INTERCONNECTION CHARGES
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • FIXED-LINE TARIFFS
    • SINGLE CONCESSION REGIME
    • TELEFÓNICA DEL PERÚ'S CONTRACT
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Local fixed-line service
        • Table Fixed lines in service - operator market share - 2001 - 2016
    • MOVISTAR PERÚ (TELEFÓNICA)
      • Table Telefónica del Perú at a glance
      • Table Movistar financial data by service (S/.) - 2014 - 2016
      • Table Movistar financial data (€) - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Movistar - fixed-line accesses - 2001 - 2016
    • CLARO PERÚ (AMÉRICA MÓVIL)
      • Table Claro Perú at a glance
      • Table Claro - fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Claro - fixed-line revenue - 2009 - 2016
    • AMERICATEL PERÚ
      • Table Americatel Peru revenue ($) - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Americatel Peru revenue (ChS/- 2012 - 2015
    • GILAT TO HOME PERÚ (GHP)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Fixed-line subscriptions - 2001 - 2017
      • Public payphones
        • Table Public telephones - 1998- 2016
      • Rural telephony and FITEL
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International bandwidth -2000 - 2015
      • Satellite networks
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Fixed wireless lines in service -2008 - 2016
      • CDMA 450
    • WHOLESALE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2016
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and user penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband technologies - market share - 2000 - 2016
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Cabinas públicas
      • Government initiatives
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2017
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telefónica broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table WiMAX broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Satellite broadband
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers - 1994 - 2009
      • Table Pay TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Pay TV operators' market share - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by operator - 2002 - 2016
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Movistar pay TV subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Cable TV penetration - 2005 - 2016
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share by operator - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 2004 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Historic - SMS by operator - 2004 - 2012
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers (modem, USB) and penetration - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile internet penetration by population - 2014 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations
        • Table Bands and spectrum
      • Spectrum auctions and awards
      • Mobile licence renewals
      • SIM card registration
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
      • Infrastructure deployment
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Introduction
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
        • Table Movistar Peru - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Movistar Peru mobile revenue - 2001 - 2016
      • Claro Perú (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro Peru mobile revenue - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Claro Peru - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Entel Perú
        • Table Mobile Perú at a glance
        • Table Entel Peru subscribers - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Entel Peru subscribers by type - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Entel Peru revenue (ChS/.) - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Entel Peru revenue ($) - 2013 - 2016
      • Viettel Peru (Bitel)
        • Table Viettel Peru mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce

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