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Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Mexico

Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts - Mexico

Legislation aimed at increasing competition encourages América Móvil to adopt changes

With a population of around 109 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 17%, Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is dominated by the incumbent Telmex, with about 80% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil. To address this, a telecom reform law passed in mid-2013 set up a new regulator, removed barriers to foreign investment and has introduced measures to reduce América Móvil’s market share. These reforms will go far to making Mexico’s telecom market more competitive.

The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in Mexico’s telecoms market. The main cable TV providers, Megacable, Cablemás and Cablevisión, have begun to broaden their bundled services offerings, and as a result their broadband subscriber base has grown steadily in recent years. Nevertheless, there is significant scope for further market development given that the country’s broadband penetration is among the second lowest among the 34 OECD countries, and consumer prices remain high.

Growth in the mobile market has begun to slow in response to higher penetration. Telcel dominates the market, accounting for about 70% of subscribers. Mobile data is rapidly emerging as a key driver, with LTE infrastructure expanding across the country. Operators are making use of concessions in the 700MHz band while the regulator has also assigned spectrum in the 2.5GHz band for LTE, which the government is in the process of reclaiming from existing holders.

Key developments:

New telecom regulator formed; strong growth in pay TV subscriptions and increased interest in triple-play services; government introduces legislative changes for the telecom sector; Cablemás and América Móvil launch VoD services; regulator approves interconnection cost model to 2014; América Móvil makes moves to reduce market dominance; Virgin Mobile Latin America launches services on Movistar’s network; mobile penetration approaches 92%; regulator takes control of 2.5GHz spectrum, reassigns it for 4G; Megacable seeks MXN120 million compensation for return of unused spectrum in the 2.5GHz band; Mexico’s first local Internet Exchange Point opens in Mexico City; Smart Grid deployments gathering pace; government’s CompuApoyo initiative targets 1.7 million homes for computers and broadband access; Hughes delivers national satellite broadband network; regulator’s market data updates; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2014; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies and subsidiaries covered include:

Telcel; Movistar; Iusacell; Teléfonos de México (Telmex); Axtel; Alestra; Maxcom, Marcatel, Megacable; Cablemás; Cablevisión; Maxcom; Sistemas Interactivos de Telecomunicaciones (SIT);; Megafón; InterCable; CFE, Nextel Mexico; Televisa; Globalstar; Unefón; Telefónica.

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013
    • Table Telecom revenue and annual growth - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2013
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • ECONOMIC BACKGROUND
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • BACKGROUND
      • Table Telecom market growth - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Telecom sector investment - 1999 - 2014
      • Table Telecom sector revenue and annual growth - 1998 - 2014
    • OVERVIEW
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • PRIVATISATION
    • DEREGULATION
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT RULES
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • TELECOMS REFORM
  • FIXED NETWORK MARKET
    • BACKGROUND
    • OVERVIEW
    • TELMEX/AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Telmex revenue, EBITDA - 2011 - 2014
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 1996 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity - 2005 - 2013
    • NATIONAL NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Length of fibre backbone network - 2001- 2012
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART GRIDS
      • Smart grid technology
        • Table Smart grid technology market revenue - 2012- 2020
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Proportion of internet accesses by medium - 2014
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
      • Municipal broadband
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users and annual change - 2014
      • Table Internet and broadband penetration - 2014
      • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Broadband subscribers by access technology - 2000 - 2014
    • ACCESS
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
        • Table Telmex revenue, EBITDA - 2011 - 2014
    • CABLE BROADBAND
      • Megacable
        • Table Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Megacable ARPU - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Megacable revenue by sector - 2010 - 2014
      • Cablemás
        • Table Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Cablemás financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers and annual change - 2002 - 2014
    • FIBRE DEVELOPMENTS
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • Early WiMAX developments
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • INTERNET VIA SATELLITE
    • UTILITIES BROADBAND
      • Utilities communications
    • TRIPLE PLAY AND VOIP DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Cable VoIP subscribers of major providers - 2006 - 2014
  • DIGITAL MEDIA / DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • DIGITAL TV BROADCASTING
      • Overview
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table Historical - Cable TV subscribers - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Megacable TV subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV
        • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Televisa video subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2013
      • Pay TV statistics
        • Table Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate - 1998 - 2014
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Other developments
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Table e-Commerce revenue - 2009 - 2014
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF MEXICO'S MOBILE (CELL PHONE) MARKET
      • Mobile market statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market share by major operator - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market traffic - 2003 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Regulatory authorities
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Data roaming
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Overview
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telcel
        • Table Telcel subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Telcel wireless revenue - 2010 - 2014
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar subscribers and annual change - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Movistar minutes of use and ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Movistar financial data - 2008 - 2014
      • Grupo Iusacell
        • Table Iusacell subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2010
        • Table Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) - 2000 - 2007
      • Nextel de México
      • Mobile Virtual network operators
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Minutes of Use (MOU)
        • Table Historic - Mobile traffic - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Historic - Mobile traffic - 2005 - 2014
      • Prepaid
        • Table Prepaid / postpaid subscribers and annual change - 1997 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers - 2000 - 2013
      • Satellite mobile
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • SMS Text Messaging
        • Table SMS traffic - 2006 - 2013
        • Table SMS messages per subscribers - 2006 - 2013
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • M-payment services
      • M-banking
  • FORECASTS
    • BROADBAND FORECASTS
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - highergrowth scenario - 2011 - 2016; 2020
      • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - lower growth scenario – 2011 - 2016; 2020
    • MOBILE MARKET FORECASTS - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario - 2011 - 2012; 2016
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher growth scenario - 2011 - 2012; 2016

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