Venezuela’s teledensity is one of the highest in Latin America, having almost doubled since 2005. While the number of fixed lines is shrinking in other countries, Venezuela’s fixed infrastructure continues to expand, although the rate of growth has slowed.
In the local telephony market, four companies compete with state-owned incumbent CANTV: NetUno, Inter, Movistar, and Digitel. NetUno and Inter are primarily cable TV companies, while Movistar and Digitel are primarily mobile operators. NetUno and Inter provide fixed-line services over their cable TV network as part of triple play packages (including pay TV, broadband, and fixed-line telephony). Movistar and Digitel offer local phone services using fixed-wireless technology.
Almost two-thirds of Venezuela’s local telephone services are prepaid. As in the mobile market, the prepaid option makes phone lines more affordable for lower-income households.
This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and fixed-line scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.
In the five years since it was renationalised, CANTV has increased the country’s fibre-optic backbone infrastructure by more than 48%; a second Chinese-built satellite for Venezuela (Miranda) was launched in September 2012.
Companies covered in this report include:
CANTV, Movistar, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía.