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Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • May 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 23 pages

Colombia's mobile market growth has slowed in recent years though it retains significant potential, particularly in the mobile broadband sector where penetration is still low.

There is considerable potential for customer take-up of mobile broadband services in rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure remains poor. The market has seen considerable competition from the MVNO sector, with Virgin Mobile alone having almost 2.6 million subscribers as of early 2016.

Three MNOs dominate the mobile market: Claro (the trading name of Comunicacíon Celular), Movistar (trading as Colombia Telecomunicacíon), and Tigo (trading as Colombia Móvil and owned by Millicent). The leading player remains Claro, but its market share has been falling since 2009. The local trunking service provider Avantel serves a small number of mostly corporate customers using digital iDEN technology.

The MVNOs Uff! Móvil, ETB and Móvil Éxito offer mobile voice and internet services over Tigo's network, while Metrotel and Virgin Mobile have entered into wholesale agreements with Movistar. Since Tigo merged with UNE-EPM it has been able to offer converged services across fixed and mobile networks.

A spectrum auction in June 2013 saw five winning bidders, including the established players Claro, Movistar, Tigo/ETB, Avantel, as well as a new market entrant in the form of the broadcaster DirecTV.

This report provides insights into Colombia's mobile market, including key market statistics and analyses as well as profiles of the major mobile operators and scenario forecasts to 2021.


Key developments:
ETB announces plans to sell 85% of state shares to raise $700 million; regulator amends fixed-to-mobile MTRs; Tigo Colombia signs up with Internet.org; regulator sets in train a multi-spectrum auction; operators launch VoLTE services; Tigo Colombia launches an M2M service; Claro extends LTE coverage; UNE-EPM merged with Tigo Columbia; DirectTV launches LTE; Movistar and Claro extend licenses for ten years; Colombian bank Banagrícola acquires a 70% stake in Uff! Móvil; Avantel plans $250 million investment in LTE; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2015, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Claro/Comcel, Movistar, Tigo, Avantel, DirecTV, UNE-EPM, Uff! Móvil, ETB, Metrotel, Emcali, Virgin Mobile, Móvil Éxito, Globalstar.

Table Of Contents

Colombia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS, MMS
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations and auctions
4.1.1 Third generation (3G)
4.1.2 1710MHz, 1.8GNz, 2.5GHz
4.1.3 Proposed auctions - 2016
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.4 Theft prevention
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 3G/UMTS
5.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
5.2.2 Satellite mobile
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Claro (Comcel/America Móvil)
6.2 Movistar (Telefónica/Colombia Telecomunicaciones)
6.3 Tigo (Colombia Móvil/Millicom, EPM, ETB)
6.4 Avantel
6.5 UNE-EPM
7. Mobile Virtual Network Operators
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Uff! Móvil
7.3 ETB
7.4 Metrotel
7.5 Emcali
7.6 Virgin Mobile
7.7 Móvil Éxito
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
8.2 Mobile TV
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 3 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2015
Table 4 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 - 2015
Table 5 SMS messages sent 2013 - 2015
Table 6 MMS messages sent 2013 - 2015
Table 7 Mobile internet subscribers by technology (2G, 3G, 4G) 2011 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 9 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2010 - 2015
Table 10 Mobile broadband penetration 2012 - 2016
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 12 Spectrum allocations 1993
Table 13 3G subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 14 LTE subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 15 Claro Colombia subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 16 Claro Colombia mobile service revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 17 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 18 Movistar Colombia financial data 2013 - 2016
Table 19 Tigo Colombia subscribers 2003 2016
Table 20 Tigo Colombia financial data (historic) 2010 - 2013
Table 21 Avantel mobile subscribers 2013 2015
Table 22 UNE-EPM mobile subscribers 2012 2014
Table 23 Uff! mobile subscribers 2011 2015
Table 24 ETB mobile subscribers 2013 2015
Table 25 Virgin Mobile subscribers 2013 2015
Table 26 Móvil Exito subscribers 2013 2015
Table 27 Movistar M2M connections 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 4G auction results
Exhibit 2 Comcel (trading as Claro) at a glance
Exhibit 3 Movistar at a glance
Exhibit 4 Tigo at a glance

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