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Puerto Rico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Puerto Rico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Liberty Global completes integration of Choice Cable, creating a cable monopolyPuerto Rico has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Latin America and the Caribbean region, though despite being a US territory it lags well behind the mainland US states in terms of fixed-line and broadband penetration. This is partly due to a continuing economic recession, high unemployment rates (and consequently low disposable income) and poor telecoms investment in a market largely dominated by the incumbent Puerto Rico Telephone Company.

The Puerto Rico Telephone Company's fixed-line market dominance was augmented following its acquisition by the largest wireless company in Latin America, América Móvil. In contrast, with six network operators, the mobile (cellular/wireless) market has been experiencing more robust competition and growth. Although América Móvil's Claro recently took the lead from AT&T Mobility in terms of subscriber numbers, AT&T regained the top position by late November following its acquisition of Centennial Communications, and as of early 2016 it accounted for about 37% of the market by subscribers.

With emerging VoIP and videostreaming sectors and steadily a growing broadband market, as well as good satellite TV services (which have caused a decline in the cable TV subscriber base in recent years), the growth and convergence of digital media looks promising. The acquisition by Liberty Global of the remaining cable TV operator Choice Cable, completed in mid-2015, has created a monopoly player in this sector. This has not been too damaging to market competition since their respective networks did not overlap, but into 2016 Liberty Cablevisión may be in a stronger position to capitalise on scale, and so provide improved services based on greater investment in technologies, including the anticipated DOCSIS3.1 standard.

Key developments:

Liberty Global completes integration of Choice Cable, becoming a monopoly provider of cable TV and broadband services; Senate debates legislation aimed at preventing government agencies from providing telecom services; Sprint phases out consumer wireline business and services; AT&T delivers 90% population coverage with LTE; DISH and Claro offer joint quad-play services; FCC funding for broadband extension in underserved areas; government-funded Gigabit Island project aiming to provide access speeds of 1Gb/s to 70% of premises by 2020; T-Mobile US expands LTE services; Claro launches videostreaming; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, América Móvil, AT&T, Liberty Cablevision; OneLink Communications; T-Mobile; Open Mobile; Sprint PCS; Choice Cable.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Recent developments
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.2 Privatisation of PRTC
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC)
6.3 AT&T
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom networks
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
8. Broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3.1 OneLink Communications
8.3.2 Liberty Cablevisión
8.3.3 Choice Cable
8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6 Other fixed broadband services
8.6.1 Wireless broadband
9. Digital media
9.1 Introduction
9.1.1 Cable TV (CATV)
9.1.2 Videostreaming
9.1.3 Satellite TV
9.2 Communications: VoIP
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Spectrum
10.2.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.3 Mobile broadband
10.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 AT&T Mobility
10.4.2 Claro (América Móvil)
10.4.3 T-Mobile US
10.4.4 Sprint PCS
10.4.5 Open Mobile
10.5 Mobile infrastructure
10.5.1 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10.6 Handsets
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Puerto Rico 2015 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Public payphones in service 2001 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2001 - 2017
Table 9 International bandwidth - 2001 - 2010
Table 10 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed internet subscribers and penetration - 2008 2016
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 2016
Table 13 Cable broadband subscribers - 2009 2016
Table 14 Liberty Cablevisión broadband and telephony subscribers 2010 2015
Table 15 Liberty Cablevisión financial results 2013 2015
Table 16 Liberty Cablevisión broadband and telephony subscribers 2010 2015
Table 17 DSL broadband subscribers - 2009 2016
Table 18 Wireless broadband subscribers 2009 2016
Table 19 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration 1997 2009
Table 20 Cable TV subscribers and penetration 2010 2016
Table 21 Liberty Cablevisión TV subscribers 2010 2015
Table 22 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2017
Table 23 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 24 Mobile prepaid vs postpaid market share 2000 - 2016
Table 25 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 26 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2016; 2018; 2021
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2001 - 2017
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2016
Chart 3 Cable TV subscribers and penetration 2005 2016
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2017
Chart 5 Mobile prepaid vs postpaid market share 2000 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks serving Puerto Rico

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