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Venezuela - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Venezuela - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is about 14% below average for South America. The mobile market is recovering from the downturn it took during Venezuela's economic recession, but estimated growth is small compared with previous years.

Despite the slump in subscriber growth, the volume of data traffic has been increasing exponentially. Spurred by the huge popularity of social networks in Venezuela, the country has experienced an unanticipated surge in the demand for 3G and smartphones. Indeed, Venezuela is the number one country in Latin America for Blackberry handsets.

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

Accompanied by key market statistics and analyses, this report provides an overview of Venezuela's mobile market and a brief profile of all mobile operators. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Regulator launches a tender for spectrum in the AWS and 2500-2690MHz bands; mobile operators invest in congested networks to develop mobile broadband capabilities; Digitel launches LTE services; Movistar, MovilMax plan to deploy 4G/LTE networks by early 2014; a third of mobile subscribers still use CDMA technology; Venezuela provides the region's highest mobile ARPU; report includes operator data to Q4 2013, regulator's market data to December 2013; market developments to April 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Venezuela's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.2 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
2.3 Spectrum auctions
2.3.1 1800-1900MHz
2.3.2 1710-2170MHz
2.4 Mobile market analysis
3. Mobile technologies
3.1 CDMA
3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
3.4 Mobile handsets/smartphones
4. Major mobile operators
4.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
4.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
4.3 Digitel
5. Mobile voice services
5.1 Prepaid
6. Mobile messaging
6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
7. Mobile broadband
8. Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2020
9.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
9.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
9.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
10. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Mobile ARPU 2002 - 2012
Table 4 Mobile ARPU by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 5 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2013
Table 6 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 7 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 8 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 - 2013
Table 9 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2013
Table 10 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2013
Table 11 Mobile broadband subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 13 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2003 - 2014
Chart 2 Operators' mobile ARPU at a glance 2009 - 2012
Chart 3 Mobile market share at a glance 2013 (Mar)
Exhibit 1 Movilnet at a glance
Exhibit 2 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 3 Digitel at a glance

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