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Latin America - Mobile Operators

  • August 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Continuing market consolidation and merger activity signify major changes for 2015
Latin America's mobile market is dominated by four multinational operators, which together account for about 80% of the region's subscribers. There remains room for a vibrant MVNO segment, while changes to company share ownership, as well as recent regulatory measures and the competitive strain experienced by some players continue to make the market fluid.

Mexico's America Movil is the largest player in the region, operating in 17 countries. The company also has a significant presence in the US via its MVNO Tracfone, and has recently ventured into Europe by taking stakes in two key local operators. It has a 25.7% interest in KPN, through which it has access to the Dutch and Belgian mobile markets, as also a 26.8% stake in Telekom Austria, through which it has access to seven other markets including Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus.

In Latin America, the second largest operator is Spain's Telefonica, providing services under the Movistar brand in all markets except Brazil, where it operates under the Vivo brand. Brazil is Telefonica's key market in the region, where it has over 79 million mobile subscribers.

Telecom Italia operates in Brazil, as also still in Argentina via its stake in Telecom Argentina, and Paraguay. The operator will soon exit Argentina, having sold its interest in the incumbent operator for $960 million. Millicom provides mobile services, branded as Tigo, in three Central American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) and three South American (Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay), while Digicel and Cable & Wireless are the dominant players in the Caribbean.

The regional mobile market showed great promise during the 1990s when it was first opened up to competition, and when governments and regulators began licensing spectrum. A number of international operators ventured into these markets, though uncertainties concerning licence regimes, as well as the vicissitudes caused by changing strategies and economic performances of players led to considerable consolidation. This is ongoing, with US-based NII Holdings, which provides wireless services under the Nextel brand in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, announcing in August 2014 that it may file for bankruptcy. The operator has about 9.3 million mobile subscribers in these markets, having lost 6% of its subscriber base year-on-year.

In Mexico, a new regulatory regime was recently introduced aimed at curbing the dominance of America Movil, which controls 70% of the wireless market and 80% of landlines. In response, in July 2014 America Movil announced that it would sell assets to reduce its local market share to below 50% by 2018. This will enable other operators to compete more effectively, while future spectrum auctions will be geared to encouraging the market entry of new players.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Latin America - Mobile Operators
1. Overview Major Mobile Operators in Latin America
2. Argentina
2.1 Overview of Argentina's mobile market
2.2 Mobile network operators
2.2.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
2.2.2 Telecom Personal
2.2.3 Movistar
2.2.4 Nextel Argentina
2.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
2.3.1 Overview
2.3.2 Nuestro Móvil
2.3.3 Libre.ar
3. Belize
3.1 Overview of Belize's mobile market
3.2 Major mobile operators
3.2.1 BTL (DigiCell)
3.2.2 SpeedNet (Smart)
4. Bolivia
4.1 Overview of Bolivia's mobile market
4.2 Major mobile operators
4.2.1 Entel Movil
4.2.2 Tigo (Telecel)
4.2.3 Viva (NuevaTel)
4.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
5. Brazil
5.1 Overview of Brazil's mobile market
5.2 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
5.2.3 TIM Brasil
5.2.4 Claro
5.2.5 Oi
5.2.6 Nextel Brasil
5.2.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
5.2.8 Sercomtel Celular
5.2.9 Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
5.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
5.3.1 Porto Seguro
5.3.2 Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
5.3.3 Virgin Mobile
5.3.4 Correios
6. Caribbean Countries
6.1 Overview of mobile markets in the Caribbean
6.2 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
6.2.1 LIME (Cable and Wireless)
6.2.2 Digicel
7. Chile
7.1 Overview of Chile's mobile market
7.2 Mobile network operators
7.2.1 Entel PCS
7.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
7.2.3 Claro Chile (America Móvil)
7.2.4 Nextel Chile
7.2.5 VTR
7.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7.3.1 Overview
7.3.2 GTD Móvil
7.3.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
7.3.4 Falabella Móvil
8. Colombia
8.1 Overview of Colombia's mobile market
8.2 Mobile Network operators
8.2.1 Claro (Comcel/America Móvil)
8.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
8.2.3 Tigo (Colombia Móvil/Millicom, EPM, ETB)
8.2.4 Avantel
8.2.5 UNE-EPM
8.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators
8.3.1 Market analysis
8.3.2 Uff! Móvil
8.3.3 ETB
8.3.4 Metrotel
8.3.5 Emcali
8.3.6 Virgin Mobile
8.3.7 Móvil Éxito
9. Costa Rica
9.1 Overview of Costa Rica's mobile market
9.2 Major mobile operator
9.2.1 ICE
9.2.2 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10. Cuba
10.1 Overview of Cuba's mobile market
10.2 Major mobile operators
10.2.1 ETECSA
11. Dominican Republic
11.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic's mobile market
11.2 Major mobile operators
11.2.1 Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
11.2.2 Orange Dominicana
11.2.3 Tricom
11.2.4 VIVA (formerly Trilogy Dominicana)
12. Ecuador
12.1 Overview of Ecuador's mobile market
12.2 Major mobile operators
12.2.1 Claro (Conecel)
12.2.2 Movistar (Otecel)
12.2.3 CNT
13. El Salvador
13.1 Overview of El Salvador's mobile market
13.2 Major mobile operators
13.2.1 Tigo (Millicom)
13.2.2 Claro (America Móvil)
13.2.3 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles)
13.2.4 Digicel
13.2.5 RED (Intelfon)
14. Guatemala
14.1 Overview of Guatemala's mobile market
14.2 Major mobile operators
14.2.1 Tigo (Millicom)
14.2.2 Claro (America Móvil)
14.2.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
14.2.4 RED (Intelfon)
15. Guyana
15.1 Overview of Guyana's mobile market
15.2 Major mobile operators
15.2.1 Cellink (GTandT)
15.2.2 Digicel Guyana
16. Haiti
16.1 Overview of Haiti's mobile market
16.2 Major mobile operators
16.2.1 Digicel
16.2.2 Comcel (Voila)
16.2.3 Haiti Telecommunications International (HaiTel)
16.2.4 Natcom
16.2.5 Rectel (Teleco)
16.3 Mobile commerce
17. Honduras
17.1 Overview of the Honduran mobile market
17.2 Major mobile operators
17.2.1 Tigo/Celtel (Millicom)
17.2.2 Claro/Sercom (America Móvil)
17.2.3 Hondutel
17.2.4 Digicel
18. Jamaica
18.1 Overview of the Jamaican Mobile Market
18.2 Major mobile operators
18.2.1 Digicel
18.2.2 Claro
18.2.3 LIME
18.3 M-banking
19. Mexico
19.1 Overview of Mexico's mobile market
19.2 Major mobile operators
19.2.1 Telcel
19.2.2 Movistar
19.2.3 Grupo Iusacell
19.2.4 Nextel de Mexico
19.2.5 Mobile Virtual network operators
20. Nicaragua
20.1 Overview of Nicaragua's mobile market
20.2 Major mobile operators
20.2.1 Claro (America Móvil)
20.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
21. Panama
21.1 Overview of Panama's mobile market
21.2 Major mobile operators
21.2.1 +Móvil (CandWP)
21.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
21.2.3 Digicel Panamá
21.2.4 Claro Panamá (America Móvil)
22. Paraguay
22.1 Overview of Paraguay's mobile market
22.2 Major mobile operators
22.2.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
22.2.2 Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)
22.2.3 Claro (America Móvil)
22.2.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
23. Peru
23.1 Overview of Peru's mobile market
23.2 Major mobile operators
23.2.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
23.2.2 Claro Perú (America Móvil)
23.2.3 Mobile Perú (Entel)
23.2.4 Viettel Peru
24. Puerto Rico
24.1 Overview of Puerto Rico's mobile market
24.2 Major mobile operators
24.2.1 ATandT Mobility
24.2.2 Claro (America Móvil)
24.2.3 T-Mobile
24.2.4 Sprint PCS
24.2.5 Open Mobile
25. Suriname
25.1 Overview of Suriname's mobile market
25.2 Major mobile operators
25.2.1 TeleG (Telesur)
25.2.2 Digicel
25.2.3 Uniqa
26. Uruguay
26.1 Overview of Uruguay's mobile market
26.2 Major mobile operators
26.2.1 Antel
26.2.2 Movistar
26.2.3 Claro
27. Venezuela
27.1 Overview of Venezuela's mobile market
27.2 Major mobile operators
27.2.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
27.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
27.2.3 Digitel
Table 1 LAC's major mobile operators subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 2 America Móvil subscribers in the LAC region 2010 - 2014
Table 3 Telefónica subscribers in the LAC region 2010 - 2014
Table 4 Telecom Italia subscribers in the LAC region 2010 - 2014
Table 5 Millicom International Cellular subscribers in the LAC region 2010 - 2014
Table 6 Claro mobile subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 7 Personal mobile subscribers 1999 - 2014
Table 8 Personal mobile ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 9 Personal mobile revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 10 Movistar mobile subscribers 1999 - 2014
Table 11 Movistar mobile revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 12 Movistar mobile ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 13 Nextel mobile revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 14 Nextel mobile ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 15 Nextel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 16 Entel mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 17 Entel 4G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 18 Tigo mobile subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 19 Mobile operators' market share 2002 - 2013
Table 20 3G/Mobile broadband market share by operator 2009 2014
Table 21 3G services (phone and broadband) operators' annual growth 2010 - 2013
Table 22 Vivo mobile revenue 2010 - 2013
Table 23 Vivo mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 24 Vivo/Telemig mobile subscribers 2002 - 2007 (historical)
Table 25 TIM Brasil mobile financial data 2010 - 2014
Table 26 TIM Brasil mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 27 Claro mobile revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 28 Claro mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 29 Oi mobile revenue by sector 2012 - 2013
Table 30 Oi mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 31 Oi/Amazônia/BrT mobile subscribers 2002 - 2008 (historic)
Table 32 NII Holdings mobile revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 33 Nextel Brazil revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 34 Nextel Brazil mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 35 Algar telecom mobile revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 36 Algar Telecom mobile subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 37 Sercomtel mobile subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 38 Port Seguro M2M connections 2012 - 2014
Table 39 LIME financial data (Caribbean) 2010 - 2013
Table 40 LIME revenue by sector 2010 - 2013
Table 41 Digicel Group financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 42 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2013
Table 43 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 44 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 45 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 46 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 47 Nextel mobile subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 48 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 49 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 50 Claro subscribers 2001-2013
Table 51 Movistar subscribers 2001-2013
Table 52 Tigo subscribers 2003-2013
Table 53 Tigo financial data 2010-2013
Table 54 Mobile revenue by service - 2011 - 2012
Table 55 Orange Dominicana subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 56 Orange Dominicana revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 57 Mobile operators' market share 1997 - 2014
Table 58 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 1997 - 2004
Table 59 Claro mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 60 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 1997 - 2004
Table 61 Movistar mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 62 Movistar mobile financial data 2012 - 2013
Table 63 CNT mobile subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 64 Tigo mobile subscribers 1997 2014
Table 65 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 2002 - 2008
Table 66 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2008
Table 67 Historic - Digicel mobile subscribers 2003 - 2008
Table 68 Historic - RED mobile subscribers 2005 - 2008
Table 69 Tigo mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 70 Claro mobile subscribers (historic) 2000 - 2013
Table 71 Movistar Central American revenue 2010 - 2013
Table 72 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 73 GTandT mobile subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 74 Tigo mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 75 Tigo financial data 2009 - 2010
Table 76 Tigo mobile ARPU 2009 - 2010
Table 77 Claro mobile subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 78 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2014
Table 79 Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 80 Telcel wireless revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 81 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 - 2014
Table 82 Movistar minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 83 Movistar financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 84 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2010
Table 85 Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) 2000 - 2007
Table 86 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 2003 - 2008
Table 87 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 2008
Table 88 CandW mobile subscribers 2005 2014
Table 89 Tigo - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 90 Personal - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 91 Personal handset sales 2011 - 2013
Table 92 Personal mobile revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 93 Movistar mobile subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 94 Claro Peru mobile revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 95 Claro Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 96 Mobile Peru subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 97 Mobile Peru subscribers by type 2013 2014
Table 98 Antel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 99 Movistar mobile subscribers -2002 - 2013
Table 100 Claro mobile subscribers 2004 - 2013
Table 101 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2013
Table 102 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 103 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2013
Chart 1 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2009 2014
Chart 2 LIME revenue by sector 2010 2013
Chart 3 Tigo mobile subscribers 2002 2014
Chart 4 Tigo mobile subscribers 2000 2013
Chart 5 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 2014
Chart 6 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 2014
Chart 7 Movistar financial data 2008 2014
Chart 8 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2010
Exhibit 1 Claro at a glance
Exhibit 2 Telecom Personal at a glance
Exhibit 3 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 4 Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
Exhibit 5 Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
Exhibit 6 Vivo concessions
Exhibit 7 The uneasy marriage between Telefónica and Portugal Telecom (historical)
Exhibit 8 TIM Brasil at a glance
Exhibit 9 TIM Brasil concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
Exhibit 10 Claro Brasil at a glance
Exhibit 11 Claro concessions
Exhibit 12 Oi (TNL PCS) at a glance
Exhibit 13 Oi concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M
Exhibit 14 Digicel's Caribbean operations
Exhibit 15 Entel PCS at a glance
Exhibit 16 Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
Exhibit 17 Claro Chile at a glance
Exhibit 18 Comcel (trading as Claro) at a glance
Exhibit 19 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 20 Tigo at a glance
Exhibit 21 Tigo/Telemóvil company history
Exhibit 22 BellSouth Guatemala history
Exhibit 23 Aló PCS history
Exhibit 24 Enitel Movil history
Exhibit 25 Movistar history
Exhibit 26 BellSouth Panama/Telefónica Móviles Panamá history
Exhibit 27 Telefónica Móviles Perú at a glance
Exhibit 28 Claro Perú at a glance
Exhibit 29 Mobile Perú at a glance
Exhibit 30 Movilnet at a glance
Exhibit 31 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 32 Digitel at a glance

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