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Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


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This annual report offers a wealth of information on the trends and developments in fixed-line and mobile telephony, Internet and broadband, converging media and new technologies. Subjects include:

  • Key statistics and forecasts
  • Market and industry overviews
  • Government policies and regulatory issues
  • Historical information
  • Major players (fixed-line, mobile, broadband, and pay TV)
  • Telecom infrastructure (national and international, fixed and wireless)
  • Mobile voice and data markets
  • Internet market and VoIP
  • Broadband (DSL, cable, wireless)
  • Convergence, triple play, pay TV, IPTV, and digital terrestrial TV.


BuddeComm’s annual publication, Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts, profiles the country with the highest GDP growth forecast for Latin America. Although Peru’s economy will inevitably decelerate as a result of the global financial crisis, it is expected to grow by 5% in 2009. This should hopefully serve to increase the country’s GDP per capita, which is well below the regional average.

  Mobile telephony, broadband, and pay TV have been the fastest growing telecom sectors in Peru. Despite the downturn, these sectors are expected to grow in 2009-2011, albeit at a slower pace. Even the fixed-line sector may continue to inch forward, helped by universalisation strategies. The government aims to bridge the digital divide through FITEL, a fund that finances rural operators under the rule of less-bid subsidy.

  Competition is strongly encouraged in Peru; for this purpose, regulations include a single concession regime to facilitate convergence; infrastructure sharing; a multicarrier system for long distance services; and mobile number portability, which is to become be compulsory for all operators in January 2010.

  Several government-subsidised broadband projects are underway or up for tender. WiMAX and mobile spectrum auctions are planned for 2009.

  This report presents a concise overview of sector liberalisation and privatisation in Peru; government initiatives and regulations in the telecom industry; company profiles for the major operators in the various telecom sectors; the development of mobile and broadband technologies; the emergence of convergence and IP solutions; essential country and operator statistics in all telecom sectors; and scenario forecasts for the fixed-line, mobile, and broadband markets.

  Key highlights:

  •          Peru’s fixed-line teledensity is among the lowest in Latin America; telecom infrastructure reflects the country’s poverty map, with most of the fixed lines concentrated in Lima. Despite liberalisation, Peru’s local telephony market is still dominated by the incumbent Telefónica del Perú.
  •          Peru’s mobile penetration is slightly below average for Latin America, and this compares favourably with the country’s low GDP per capita. There are, however, huge discrepancies between urban and rural regions, ranging from 102% in the capital city to 8% in some of the poorer parts of the country.
  •          Internet user penetration is remarkably high compared with Peru’s other economic indicators. The success of the Internet in Peru is primarily due to the mushrooming of cheap public Internet facilities known as cabinas públicas. In fact, Peru is a world leader in terms of users who access the Internet in public places.
  •          Although still restricted to the higher-income bracket of the population, subscription television and triple play solutions are fast growing markets in Peru.
  Peru - key telecom statistics - September 2008
Service | Subscribers (million) | Annual growth | Penetration |
Fixed-line telephony | 2.81 | +7% | 9.7% |
Mobile telephony | 19.57 | +51% | 67.4% |
Internet users | 9.40 | +23% | 32.4% |
Broadband | 0.70 | +26% | 2.4% |
Cable TV | 0.90 | +36% | 3.1% |
| (Source: BuddeComm based on company data)

  Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

  The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band.

The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data.

All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

  For those needing high-level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
  •          Regulatory developments and spectrum auctions;
  •          Fixed-line developments, including the adoption of alternative technologies such as VoIP;
  •          Mobile telephony growth and the uptake of mobile data services;
  •          Broadband growth and incursions into wireless technologies such as WiMAX;
  •          Convergence, triple play, IPTV, and other emerging technologies;
  •          Scenario forecasts for the fixed-line, mobile, and broadband markets.

1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 General outlook
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Peru’s telecom market
2.1.1 Milestones
2.2 Telecom market trends
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Overview
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Ministry of Transport, Communications, Housing and Construction (MTC)
3.2.2 Osiptel
3.3 FITEL
3.4 Privatisation of Telefónica del Perú
3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Peru
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Fixed-to-mobile termination charges
3.8 Price cap regulations
3.9 Access
3.10 Number portability
3.11 Multicarrier and carrier preselection systems
3.12 Single concession regime
3.13 Callback services
3.14 Agreement with Telefónica del Perú - December 2006
4. Fixed Network Operators in Peru
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Local fixed-line service
4.1.2 Long-distance fixed-line service
4.2 Telefónica del Perú
4.3 Movistar Perú
4.4 Telmex Perú
4.5 Americatel Perú
4.6 Gilat To Home Perú
4.7 IDT Perú
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.2 Public payphones
5.1.3 Rural telephony and FITEL
5.1.4 Copper cable theft
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Internet statistics
6.2 Cabinas públicas
6.3 One Laptop per Child project
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Broadband statistics
7.2 FITEL broadband projects
7.3 Broadband operators
7.4 Cable modems
7.5 ADSL
7.6 Wireless broadband
7.6.1 WiFi
7.6.2 WiMAX
8. Convergence
8.1 Overview of media convergence
8.2 Pay TV
8.2.1 Cable TV
8.2.2 MMDS
8.2.3 Satellite TV
8.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Peru’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile subscriber statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.3.1 Digital
9.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles)
9.4.2 Claro Perú (América Móvil)
9.4.3 Nextel Perú (NII Holdings)
9.5 Mobile voice services
9.5.1 Prepaid services
9.5.2 Satellite mobile
9.6 Mobile data services
9.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
9.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
9.6.4 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
9.6.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market to 2018
10.1.1 Scenario 1 - higher fixed-line growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 - lower fixed line growth
10.2 Forecasts - broadband market to 2018
10.2.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband growth
10.2.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband growth
10.3 Forecasts - mobile market to 2018
10.3.1 Scenario 1 - higher mobile market growth
10.3.2 Scenario 2 - lower mobile market growth
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
List of Tables
Table 1 - Country statistics Peru - 2008
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - September 2008
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2008
Table 4 - Broadband statistics - September 2008
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - September 2008
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Number of licensed operators per service - 1997, 2001, 2006 - 2008
Table 8 - Telecommunications revenue - 2005 - 2007
Table 9 - Telecom revenue: market share by segment - 2007
Table 10 - Share of fixed lines in service (top four operators) - 2001 - 2008
Table 11 - Share of domestic long-distance traffic (top four operators) - 2000 - 2008
Table 12 - Share of international long-distance outgoing traffic (top four operators) - 2000 - 2008
Table 13 - TdP fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 14 - Movistar fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 15 - Telmex Perú fixed lines in service - 2001 - 2008
Table 16 - Americatel fixed lines in service - 2002 - 2008
Table 17 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2008
Table 18 - Fibre optic cable length - 2002 - 2008
Table 19 - Public telephones - 1997 - 2008
Table 20 - FITEL Rural Projects Program
Table 21 - Internet users, annual change & penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 22 - Dial-up and broadband market share - 1999 - 2008
Table 23 - Dial-up subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 24 - Cabinas públicas - 2000 - 2007
Table 25 - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 1999 - 2008
Table 26 - Broadband subscriber ratios by technology - 1999 - 2008
Table 27 - TdP broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 28 - Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2008
Table 29 - ADSL subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 30 - Pay TV market share by operator - September 2008
Table 31 - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates - 1998 - 2008
Table 32 - Cable Mágico subscribers - 2002 - 2008
Table 33 - Mobile subscribers by operator and technology - September 2008
Table 34 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 35 - Mobile market share by operator - 1996 - 2008
Table 36 - Evolution of ARPU in Peru - mobile operators - 2005 - 2007
Table 37 - Mobile market share by technology - 2004 - 2008
Table 38 - Movistar mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 39 - Claro mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 40 - Nextel mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 41 - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2001 - 2008
Table 42 - SMS by operator - 2004 - 2007
Table 43 - MMS by operator - 2004 - 2007
Table 44 - Forecast fixed line subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 45 - Forecast fixed line subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 46 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 47 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 48 - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
Table 49 - Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2008; 2013; 2018
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 - Telefónica del Perú at a glance
Exhibit 2 - Telmex Perú - company history
Exhibit 3 - Major submarine cable networks landing in Peru
Exhibit 4 - History of the Internet in Peru
Exhibit 5 - Telefónica Móviles Perú (TEM Perú) - history
Exhibit 6 - BellSouth Peru and Comunicaciones Móviles del Perú (CMP) - history
Exhibit 7 - TIM Perú - history

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