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


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

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below average for South America, while growth in the sector has been set back by the ongoing economic recession. Despite the slump in subscriber growth, the volume of data traffic has been increasing exponentially, spurred by the popularity of social networks, the prevalence of smartphones and investments from operators in LTE infrastructure to support mobile data services and traffic.

Three major players operate in the Venezuelan mobile market: Movilnet, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned CANTV and the market leader, followed by Movistar, the Venezuelan unit of Spain's Telefónica, and then by Digitel, a locally owned private company.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's mobile market, a profile of all mobile operators and key market statistics and analyses. It also contains scenario forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Telefónica sees dramatic write-down on revenue following currency devaluation; regulator raises Bs.F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction; MNOs set up shared-access base stations to serve remote areas; Digitel reports having 100,000 active customers on its LTE network; Movistar switches off its CDMA mobile and fixed-wireless voice and data network; report includes the regulator's market data to September 2015, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Prepaid
3.3 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
3.4 Mobile data
3.4.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.5 Mobile broadband
3.6 Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2017; 2020
3.6.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum auctions
4.1.1 1800-1900MHz
4.1.2 1710-2170MHz
4.2 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 CDMA
5.2.2 Mobile satellite
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
6.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
6.3 Digitel
7. Mobile handsets
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile voice traffic 2001 - 2016
Table 4 Mobile sector revenue 2001 - 2016
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 - 2015
Table 6 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 1997 - 2015
Table 7 Mobile ARPU 2002 - 2013
Table 8 Mobile ARPU by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 9 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2015
Table 10 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2015
Table 11 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 13 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2015
Table 14 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 15 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2013
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2003 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Movilnet at a glance
Exhibit 2 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 3 Digitel at a glance

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