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Venezuela - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Venezuela - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Venezuelan economic crisis causing revenue chaos for telcos
Venezuela’s fixed-line teledensity remains relatively high for the region, though the steady growth in the number of lines in recent years has come to an end and by late 2016 fixed-line penetration dipped below 25%.
In the telephony market CANTV’s sister company Movilnet began offering long-distance telephony services, a move sanctioned by the regulator and partly aimed at securing much needed foreign currency.
The economic troubles are causing considerable distortions in the country’s telecom market. With consumers increasingly careful with their disposable income the number of subscribers to fixed-line and mobile services has fallen, while growth in the number of broadband subscribers has stagnated. There has been pressure on operator revenue, with inflation having prompted operators to increase prices by up to 900% in 2016 (a measure which a subsequent presidential decree aimed to reverse).
CANTV and its main competitors Movistar and Digitel have maintained ambitious investment plans, largely aimed at improving their networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services. However, these plans have been put into disarray as a result of the difficulty in securing foreign currency.
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 has fallen during the last two years though 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. In early 2017 Movilnet finally launched its own LTE services following several delays caused by its inability to purchase equipment from foreign vendors.
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, and Digitel, a locally owned private company. In terms of revenue, the mobile sector accounts for about 60% of overall telecom sector revenue, compared to 7% for internet services and 14% for subscription TV services.
This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators. It also covers the mobile market, reviewing the main players and providing key market statistics and analyses. In addition the report covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets as well as the pay TV markets. Mobile and broadband subscriber forecasts are provided to 2022.

Key developments:

Movilnet starts offering long-distance telephony services;
CANTV managing 22,000kms of fibre cabling;
Falling GDP and lower revenue from oil exports continue to place a strain on consumer spend for telecom services;
Movilnet sets up 280 LTE base stations as of June 2017;
Mobile data traffic grows 21% in the third quarter of 2016, year-on-year;
Movistar switches off its CDMA mobile and fixed-wireless voice and data network;
Movilnet announces plan to close its CDMA infrastructure;
CANTV makes progress with Wi-Fi rollout program;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2016, operators’ data updates to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

CANTV, Movistar, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía, Movilnet, MovilMax, Tesacom, SuperCable, DirecTV.


  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Venezuela - 2011 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers - 1998 - 2009
    • Table Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers - 2010 - 2016
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenues and investments - 2001 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP - 2001 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOM MINISTRY
    • CONATEL
      • Table Levies collected by Conatel - 2004 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CANTV
      • Table CANTV group revenue - 2012 - 2013
      • Table CANTV - fixed lines in service and market share - 1999 - 2015
    • MOVISTAR (TELEFÓNICA)
      • Table Movistar - fixed lines in service - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Movistar Venezuela financial data - 2015 - 2017
    • DIGITEL
    • INTER
    • NETUNO
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Public payphones - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Public payphones - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line revenue and investment - 2005 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Terrestrial links
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • WHOLESALE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • FIXED BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Government initiatives
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Internet users, subscribers and user penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband technologies - market share - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Historic - CANTV - broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Internet service revenue - 2001 - 2017
      • Forecasts - fixed broadband market - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers -- 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers-- 2007 - 2015
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers-- 2007 - 2015
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wi-Fi/WiMAX
      • Satellite broadband
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Broadcasting service revenue - 2001 - 2016
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Movistar pay TV subscribers - 2013 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
        • Table Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2001 - 2018
        • Table Mobile sector revenue - 2001 - 2018
        • Table Distribution of mobile subscribers by operating platform - 2014 - 2016
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1997 - 2016
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 1997 - 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent, annual change - 2002 - 2016
        • Table SMS messages sent, annual change - 2002 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2014 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile market - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table Mobile subscriber distribution by technology - 2014 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Market share of mobile subscribers by operator - 2001 - 2015
      • Movilnet (CANTV)
        • Table Historic - Movilnet - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Movistar (Telefónica)
        • Table Movistar mobile service revenue - 2015 - 2017
        • Table Movistar subscribers - 2001 - 2017
      • Digitel
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Smartphones in use - 2014 - 2016

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