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

  • April 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 45 pages

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Ecuador's fixed-line teledensity is low for the region. To some extent this has resulted from topographical challenges which have rendered the cost of deploying fixed-line infrastructure in remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

In line with the global trend, Ecuadorians have turned to mobile handsets in preference to the traditional fixed-line phone. The country's telecom market is heavily skewed towards mobility, with seven mobile phones for every fixed line in service. Nevertheless, the ratio between fixed and mobile accounts has remained stable since 2009.

Although Ecuador has seven fixed-line operators and a large number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), state-owned incumbent CNT dominates the fixed-line and therefore the ADSL market.

The mobile sector is virtually a duopoly between América Móvil's Conecel (trading as Claro) and Telefónica's Otecel (trading as Movistar), with CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) having a small share of the market.

The government is keen to advance universalisation and improve teledensity, and we can expect CNT to continue its efforts to expand the country's fixed-line infrastructure. CNT will also continue to capitalise on its

ADSL service, which only took off in 2009 and still faces significant unsatisfied demand. A national broadband plan aims to expand and improve internet access for all Ecuadoreans. The fixed broadband market including both ADSL and cable modem services should continue to grow by at least 25% annually. The mobile broadband market is also expected to grow strongly in the coming years.

A new Telecom Law has been the subject of national and international controversy, particularly for its treatment of broadcasting. The most controversial points include the redistribution of spectrum and the creation of a regulatory authority in charge of censorship.


Key developments:
Telefónica planning OTT service in 2016; launches Tuenti Movil sub-brand; Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator; CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network; Movistar and Claro develop reach of LTE services following launch in 2015; government promotes its National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017 for socio-economic development; first phase of ASO scheduled for December 2016, with complete transition to digital TV expected in late 2018; AWS spectrum deployed for LTE; Univisa launches satellite pay-TV service, starts closing down MMDS service; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2016, telcos' operating data, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Ecuador's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 88.6%
Fixed | 15.6%
Broadband | 9.3%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)


Companies mentioned in this report:
CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, DirecTV, TVCable, Univisa.

Table Of Contents

Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Recent developments
4.2 Historical overview
4.3 Market analysis
4.4 National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Interconnect
5.4 Anti-Monopoly Law of 2011
5.5 Telecommunications Law - 2013
5.6 Telecommunications Law 2015
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 CNT
6.3 Etapa
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Wholesale
9. Smart infrastructure
9.1 Smart grids
10. Fixed broadband
10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
10.2 National Broadband Plan
10.3 Government support
10.4 Market analysis
10.5 Broadband statistics
10.6 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
10.6.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
10.7 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
10.8 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
10.9 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
10.10 Other fixed broadband services
10.10.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
11. Digital media
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Key digital media players
11.2.1 DirecTV
11.2.2 TVCable
11.2.3 CNT TV
11.2.4 Movistar
11.2.5 Claro Ecuador (Conacel, Ecuador Telecom)
11.2.6 Univisa
11.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
11.4 Communications
11.4.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
12. Mobile communications
12.1 Market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.2.1 General statistics
12.2.2 Mobile broadband
12.3 Forecasts
12.4 Regulatory issues
12.4.1 Mobile licence renewals
12.4.2 SIM card registration
12.4.3 Infrastructure sharing
12.4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
12.4.5 Quality of Service (QoS) measures
12.4.6 LTE licenses 2015
12.5 Mobile infrastructure
12.5.1 Digital networks
12.5.2 3G
12.5.3 LTE
12.6 Major mobile operators
12.6.1 Claro (Conecel)
12.6.2 Movistar (Otecel)
12.6.3 CNT
12.7 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
12.8 Mobile content and applications
12.8.1 M-banking
12.8.2 Satellite mobile services
13. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Ecuador 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Ecuador 2000 - 2015
Table 8 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2004
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share - 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2001 - 2015
Table 11 CNT lines in service 2001 - 2015
Table 12 Etapa lines in service 2001 - 2015
Table 13 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Table 15 International bandwidth 2006 - 2014
Table 16 Registered cybercafes 2008- 2016
Table 17 Registered ISPs 2002 - 2015
Table 18 Historic Fixed internet users and penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 19 Fixed internet users and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 20 Fixed internet subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2015
Table 21 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2016
Table 22 Fixed broadband market share of subscribers major operators - 2008 - 2015
Table 23 Forecast broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 24 TVCable cable modem subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 25 Claro cable modem subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 26 DSL subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 27 FttP subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 28 Market share of pay TV subscribers by operator - 2015
Table 29 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2004 - 2015
Table 30 TV technology market share 2004 - 2015
Table 31 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 32 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 33 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 - 2015
Table 34 Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 35 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 36 Forecast mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 37 Base stations by operator - 2013 - 2015
Table 38 Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 - 2015
Table 39 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2001 - 2015
Table 40 GSM subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 41 3G subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 42 HSPA+ subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 43 LTE subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 44 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1997 - 2004
Table 45 Mobile operators' market share 2005 - 2015
Table 46 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 1997 - 2009
Table 47 Claro mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 48 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 1997 - 2009
Table 49 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 50 Movistar mobile financial data 2012 - 2013
Table 51 CNT mobile subscribers 2003 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2016
Chart 2 Internet users and user penetration rate 2001 2016
Chart 3 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 2016
Chart 4 Mobile market evolution at a glance 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Ecuador

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