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Venezuela - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • December 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 53 pages

Regulator raises Bs.F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction: mobile broadband expansion anticipated in 2015
With a slower economic growth, high inflation and falling prices for the country's key export commodity, the general outlook for 2015 is not promising. Nevertheless, the country's telecom market is expected to grow steadily, led by 3G and LTE services as well as by satellite-based pay TV services and the nascent IPTV sector.

Growth in the number of fixed lines has fallen sharply in recent years, to only 0.4% in the first half of 2014, and fixed-line revenue now account for a shrinking portion of total telecom revenue. In line with consumer trends in the use of services, the share of mobile, internet, and pay TV revenues has been rising. A number of private operators compete in all telecom sectors, but the country's state-owned telecom incumbent CANTV dominates the fixed, mobile, and broadband markets.

Along with the main competitors Movistar and Digitel, all operators have ambitious investment plans, largely aimed at improving their networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies including FttP and LTE

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below the South American average. The mobile market is recovering from the downturn suffered during Venezuela's economic recent recession, but estimated growth is low 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 a surge in the demand for smartphones, and with it the need for more capable networks and higher data allowances.

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 Telefonica; and Digitel, a locally owned private company.

Fixed broadband penetration and speeds are also lower than the regional average. CANTV is the country's exclusive ADSL provider, while a few cable TV companies also offer cable broadband services. The Venezuelan government has launched a National Fibre-Optic Backbone project to guarantee a uniform distribution of high-speed internet access nationally, with CANTV in charge of implementing the project. The government intends to lease capacity on the National Fibre-Optic Backbone to cooperatives and small companies.
Pay TV is the fastest growing telecom sector in Venezuela after mobile broadband, and accounts for 15% of all telecom revenue in the country. The market leaders are DirecTV, Inter, SuperCable, NetUno, Movistar, and CANTV.
Key developments:
CANTV extends fibre-optic backbone infrastructure, reports doubling of profits in 2013; regulator raises Bs. F.4.6 billion in multi-spectrum auction; MNOs begin project to build 30 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; mobile operators invest in congested networks to develop mobile broadband capabilities; CANTV deploys 8,760 antennae for regional schools and health centres; Vivo Play launches in Venezuela; AT&T to acquire DirecTV's US and Latin American operations; DTT reaches 60% population coverage; National Fibre-Optic Backbone project deployment is 70% complete; pay TV market suffering from rampant signal theft; satellite TV market competition; regulator's market data to Q2 2014, operators' data to Q3 2014, recent market developments.
Companies and subsidiaries mentioned in this report include:
CANTV, Movistar, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía, Movilnet, MovilMax, Tesacom, SuperCable, DirecTV.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Venezuela - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Outlook
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Venezuela's telecom market
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Regulatory authority
3.1.1 Telecom Ministry
3.1.2 Conatel
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Local fixed-line market
4.1.2 Long distance fixed-line market
4.2 CANTV
4.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
4.4 Digitel
4.5 Inter
4.6 NetUno
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Terrestrial links
5.2.2 Submarine cable networks
5.2.3 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.4 Wholesale overview
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Fixed broadband statistics
6.1.2 Broadband market analysis
6.1.3 Broadband providers
6.2 Government initiatives
6.2.1 Laptops for schools
6.2.2 National Fibre-Optic Backbone Project
6.3 Cable modems
6.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
6.6 WiMAX
6.7 Satellite broadband
6.8 Mobile broadband
6.9 Media convergence
6.9.1 Triple play
6.9.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
7. Digital Media / Digital Economy
7.1 Digital economy
7.1.1 E-commerce
7.2 Digital media
7.2.1 Social networks
7.3 Broadcasting
7.3.1 Pay TV overview
7.3.2 Cable TV
7.3.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.3.4 Digital Terrestrial TV
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Venezuela's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.1.2 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
8.1.3 Spectrum auctions
8.1.4 Network sharing
8.2 Mobile technologies
8.2.1 CDMA
8.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
8.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.2.4 Mobile handsets/smartphones
8.3 Major mobile operators
8.3.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
8.3.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
8.3.3 Digitel
8.4 Mobile voice services
8.4.1 Prepaid
8.5 Mobile messaging
8.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.6 Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts
9.1 Forecasts fixed-line market 2013; 2015; 2020
9.1.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed line growth
9.1.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed line growth
9.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2013; 2015; 2020
9.2.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth
9.2.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth
9.3 Forecasts mobile market 2013; 2015; 2020
9.3.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
9.3.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (Jun)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1998 - 2004
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom revenues and investments 2001 - 2014
Table 11 Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001 - 2014
Table 12 Telecom revenues by segment 2008 - 2012
Table 13 Telecom revenue share by segment 2012; 2014
Table 14 Fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio 2001 - 2014
Table 15 CANTV group revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 16 CANTV fixed lines in service and market share 1999 - 2013
Table 17 Movistar fixed lines in service and market share 2004 - 2014
Table 18 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004
Table 19 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 20 Historic - Public payphones 1997 - 2004
Table 21 Public payphones 2005 - 2014
Table 22 Fixed-line voice traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 23 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1998 - 2004
Table 24 Internet users, subscribers and user penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 25 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 26 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2014
Table 27 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2001-2014
Table 28 CANTV broadband subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 29 Internet service revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 30 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 31 Venezuela B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2013
Table 32 Facebook users and penetration 2008 - 2013
Table 33 Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 1997 - 2004
Table 34 Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2014
Table 35 Major pay TV providers market share 2010 - 2013
Table 36 Pay TV service revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 37 Broadcasting service revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 38 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 39 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 40 Mobile voice traffic 2001 - 2014
Table 41 Mobile sector revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 42 Mobile ARPU 2002 - 2013
Table 43 Mobile ARPU by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 44 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2013
Table 45 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 46 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 47 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 - 2014
Table 48 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2014
Table 49 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2014
Table 50 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 51 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 52 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 53 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 54 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 55 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Evolution of revenues and investments 2001 - 2014
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service market evolution at a glance 2005 - 2014
Chart 3 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2015
Chart 4 Fixed broadband subscribers market evolution at a glance 2003 - 2014
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2003 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Venezuela
Exhibit 2 CANTV at a glance
Exhibit 3 Movilnet at a glance
Exhibit 4 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 5 Digitel at a glance

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