Central America Telecommunications Report

Published 16 July 2015

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Central America Telecommunications Report

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Key Data

  • Number porting in Panama increased 37.4% in 2014, highlighting that the population is increasingly more willing to take advantage of better available deals as they switch operators.

  • It is likely that the share of pre-paid mobile subscriptions in Costa Rica will increase in 2015 as the regulator SUTEL made it mandatory for pre-paid users to register to boost mobile number portability in the country. BMI has downgraded the mobile outlook for Guatemala as it emerged that the government is planning to implement a new tax on mobile operators as of 2015.

Key Trends And Developments

Discussions over the introduction of number portability (NP) in El Salvador are ongoing. El Salvador's Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET) received bids from 24 firms for a tender to implement and operate the country's NP system in January 2015. In January 2015, SIGET appointed telecoms service provider Mediafon and SIM card manufacturer imCard to implement and operate NP in the country. The Mediafon-imCard team will be responsible for ensuring the quality and security of the service. The number portability service will be offered to local customers free of charge. Mobile NP is expected to be officially introduced in February, but as of April 2015 the NP implementation has yet to be announced. Honduras launched its NP system in early May 2014. El Salvador is the latest country to join the trend of reducing mobile rates. El Salvador's telecoms watchdog has reduced the maximum rate that fixed and mobile operators can charge for calls. The regulator also slashed the maximum monthly fixed telephony subscription charges and the new rates will apply from November 1 2014. Little progress has been made with telecommunication rate liberalisation in Costa Rica as regulator SUTEL announced that telephony and internet rates will not be liberalised in 2014. The Guatemalan government increased taxes on cement and telephony in order to...

BMI Industry View
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SWOT
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Industry Forecast
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Belize
11
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Belize 2012-2019)
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Costa Rica
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Costa Rica 2012-2019)
13
El Salvador
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (El Salvador 2012-2019)
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Guatemala
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Guatemala 2012-2019)
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Honduras
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Honduras 2012-2019)
20
Nicaragua
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Nicaragua 2012-2019)
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Panama
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Panama 2012-2019)
24
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
26
Table: Latin America - Q4 2015
28
Market Overview
29
Belize
29
Key Developments
29
Table: Belize Telemedia Ltd Subscribers ('000)
31
Table: Belize - Mobile Market, March 2015
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Fixed Line
34
Broadband
35
Industry Trends & Developments
36
Latin America Mobile Content
38
Table: Most Popular Sites In Brazil
40
Costa Rica
43
Mobile
43
Table: Mobile Market, December 2013
48
Fixed Line
49
Broadband
51
Table: Fixed Internet Market Share, 2012
53
Industry Trends And Developments
53
El Salvador
55
Mobile
55
Table: Mobile Market, June 2014
58
Fixed Line
61
Broadband
63
Industry Trends And Developments
64
Guatemala
65
Mobile
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Table: Mobile Market, March 2015
68
Fixed Line
69
Table: Guatemala's Fixed-Line Market, December 2013
70
Broadband
70
Industry Trends And Developments
71
Honduras
73
Mobile
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Table: Mobile Market, June 2014
78
Fixed Line
78
Table: Fixed Lines In Service, 2007-2012 ('000)
79
Table: Telecoms Usage, Minutes, 2004-2011 (mn)
79
Broadband
80
Table: Internet Market 2005-2010
80
Industry Trends And Developments
80
Nicaragua
81
Mobile
81
Table: Mobile Market, March2015
85
Fixed Line
86
Broadband
87
Table: Internet Market Share (%)
90
Industry Trends And Developments
90
Panama
91
Mobile
91
Table: Mobile Market, March 2015
95
Fixed Line
95
Table: Fixed-Line Market, 2007-2013 ('000)
96
Broadband
97
Regulatory Development
101
Table: Central America's Telecoms Regulators
101
Belize
101
Table: Belize Termination Rates, August 2011
101
Costa Rica
102
El Salvador
104
Guatemala
105
Honduras
105
Nicaragua
106
Panama
107
Company Profile
108
Millicom International Cellular
108
Am-rica M-vil
112
Glossary
116
Table: Glossary Of Terms
116
Methodology
118
Industry Forecast Methodology
118
Sources
120
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
120
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
121
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
122

The Central America Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Central America Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Panamanian, Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Costa Rican, Belizean, Honduran telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Sources

The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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