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.
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.