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Venezuela - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Venezuela - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below the average for South America, while growth in the sector has been set back by the ongoing economic recession. The number of mobile subscribers fell 5.6% in the first half of 2018 as subscribers terminated services in a bid to reduce discretionary spending. The phenomenon was also seen in the fixed-line segment, where fixed-line connections dropped by 7.4% in the year. Part of the decline is also related to the large number of people who have fled economic hardship.

Nevertheless, there has been some growth in mobile data traffic, spurred by the popularity of social networks, the prevalence of smartphones and continuing investments from operators in LTE infrastructure despite difficulties in financing network upgrades and paying for equipment: Movilnet delayed launching its own LTE services until early 2017 because of its inability to purchase equipment from foreign vendors. In addition, mobile networks have taken up some of the demand previously met by fixed-line networks.

Three major players operate in the Venezuelan mobile market: Movilnet, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned CANTV, Movistar, the Venezuelan unit of Spain's Telefónica Group, and Digitel, a locally owned private company. In terms of revenue, the mobile sector accounts for about 46% of overall telecom sector revenue, compared to 11.7% for internet services.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's mobile market, including profiles of the operators, an assessment of key market statistics and general analyses on a very difficult competitive environment.

Key developments:

Movilnet extends LTE population coverage to about half of the population;
Telefónica confirms intention to stay in Venezuela despite difficulties;
MNOs suffering from stolen or damaged infrastructure;
Movilnet reports having one million LTE subscribers by mid-2018;
Report includes the regulators market data to June 2018, operator data updates, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.


List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009
Table 2 Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019
Table 3 Mobile voice traffic 2001 2018
Table 4 Mobile sector revenue 2001 2018
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 2018
Table 6 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2000 2018
Table 7 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2019
Table 8 SMS messages sent, annual change 2003 2019
Table 9 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2008 2019
Table 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019
Table 11 Mobile data traffic 2014 2018
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 13 Mobile subscriber distribution by technology 2014 2017
Table 14 M2M connections 2014 2018
Table 15 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001 - 2018
Table 16 Historic - Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 2013
Table 17 Historic - Movistar mobile service revenue 2015 2017
Table 18 Historic - Movistar subscribers 2001 2016List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2005 2019
Chart 2 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2005 2018
Chart 3 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019
Chart 4 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001 - 2018

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