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Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure

  • June 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 79 pages

Spectrum auctions improving LTE rollouts across Latin American
In recent quarters mobile network operators in Latin America have been under increasing pressure to develop revenue growth. This can partly be attributed to unfavourable currency exchanges, but it is also exacerbated by poorly performing economies. Most countries in the region have seen stagnant or at best low economic in 2015 and into 2016, while those of Brazil and Venezuela have been particularly badly affected. Political turmoil in these countries suggests that potential economic recovery is some time off. The telecom sector has been impacted by these pressures, as customers gear down spending on services.

In addition to economic pressures, operators are seeing lower revenue as a result of regulated voice and data tariffs, ongoing reductions in terminations rates, and lower SMS traffic in the wake of customer adoption for OTT messaging services. Operators are responding by maintaining investment programs aimed at further developing mobile data and broadband services. As a result, non-SMS data revenue is steadily increasing as a proportion of total mobile revenue.

With 3G almost universally available, the emphasis has been on developing the capabilities of HSPA and LTE infrastructure. Most operators by mid-2016 provided LTE population coverage of between 60% and 80%. This will be extended further to the end of 2016 and into 2017. Following a number of recent spectrum auctions, including that in Mexico in February 2016, additional spectrum resources are being made available to operators which will enable them to improve network capacity. Most licences have conditions attached, which often include requirements to host MVNOs but also, commonly, to extend coverage to rural and underserved regions.

A range of technologies are being deployed to improve network infrastructure. In May 2016 Telefónica Mexico deployed Ericsson’s Radio Dot System to improve mobile coverage and signal strength in areas such as shopping malls, airports and commercial buildings in Mexico City. Vendors are also deploying carrier aggregation technologies to push data rates to 300Mb/s and upwards, as also LTE Broadcast technology which is expected to be widely deployed during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

These efforts are helping to keep up with demand as consumers increasingly adopt OTT video services, themselves facilitated by the popularity of smartphones equipped with larger screens which are beginning to supplant tablets in the device market. Commonly, data traffic doubled or tripled for most operators in the region in the year to March 2016. This trend is set to continue for the next few years, and though market competition and pricing pressure will slow data revenue growth the data sector will soon become the key component of total mobile revenue, thus further stimulating investment in mobile infrastructure.

Table Of Contents

Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure
1. Regional statistical overview of mobile subscribers
2. Argentina
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Digital networks
2.2.1 Third Generation (3G; UMTS)
2.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
2.3 Other infrastructure developments
2.3.1 Mobile satellite
3. Belize
3.1 Overview of Belize's mobile market
3.2 LTE
4. Bolivia
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Third Generation (3G)
4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5. Brazil
5.1 Market analysis
5.2 Mobile technologies
5.3 Analogue networks
5.4 Digital networks
5.4.1 GSM
5.4.2 3G
5.4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.4.4 5G developments
5.5 Other infrastructure developments
5.5.1 Femtocells
5.5.2 Satellite mobile
5.6 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Chile
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Overview
6.3 Digital networks
6.3.1 GSM
6.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
6.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
6.4 Other infrastructure developments
6.4.1 Mobile satellite
7. Colombia
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Digital networks
7.2.1 GSM
7.2.2 3G/UMTS
7.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
7.3 Other infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
7.3.2 Satellite mobile
8. Costa Rica
8.1 Market analysis latest developments
8.2 Overview
8.3 Digital networks
8.3.1 Third Generation (3G)
8.3.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9. Cuba
9.1 Overview of Cuba's mobile market
10. Dominican Republic
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10.3 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
10.4 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
11. Ecuador
11.1 Overview
11.2 Digital networks
11.2.1 GSM/CDMA
11.3 3G
11.4 LTE
12. El Salvador
12.1 Market analysis latest developments
12.2 Overview
12.3 Digital networks
12.3.1 Third generation (3G)
12.3.2 Mobile satellite
12.3.3 HSPA
13. Guatemala
13.1 Market analysis
13.2 Analogue networks
13.3 Digital networks
13.3.1 Third generation (3G) mobile
13.3.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
13.4 Other infrastructure developments
13.4.1 Mobile satellite
14. Guyana
14.1 Market analysis
14.2 Digital networks
14.3 GSM
14.3.1 Satellite mobile
15. Haiti
15.1 Market analysis
16. Honduras
16.1 Market analysis
16.2 Digital networks
16.2.1 GSM/3G
16.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
16.4 LTE
17. Jamaica
17.1 Introduction
17.2 Long-term-Evolution (LTE)
18. Mexico
18.1 Market analysis
18.2 Digital networks
18.2.1 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
18.3 Other infrastructure developments
18.3.1 Open networks
18.3.2 Satellite mobile
18.3.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
19. Nicaragua
19.1 Market analysis
19.2 Digital networks
19.2.1 Third generation (3G) mobile
19.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
19.3 Other infrastructure developments
19.3.1 Mobile satellite
20. Panama
20.1 Overview of Panama's mobile market
20.2 Overview
20.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS)
20.4 HSPA+
20.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
20.6 Satellite broadband
21. Paraguay
21.1 Market analysis
21.2 Digital networks
21.2.1 Third generation (3G) mobile
21.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
21.3 Other infrastructure developments
21.3.1 Mobile satellite
22. Peru
22.1 Market analysis
22.2 Introduction
22.3 Digital networks
22.3.1 Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
22.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
22.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
22.4 Other infrastructure developments
22.4.1 Mobile satellite
23. Puerto Rico
23.1 Market analysis
23.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
24. Suriname
24.1 Market analysis
24.2 Overview
24.3 Other infrastructure developments
24.3.1 Mobile satellite
25. Uruguay
25.1 Market analysis
25.2 Digital networks
25.3 3G
25.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
25.5 Mobile satellite
26. Venezuela
26.1 Market analysis
26.2 Digital networks
26.2.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
26.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
26.3 Other infrastructure developments
26.3.1 CDMA
26.3.2 Mobile satellite
Table 1 Latin America total mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 2016
Table 2 Latin America countries mobile subscribers, penetration - 2012 2016
Table 3 Latin America countries mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 4 Latin America countries mobile broadband penetration - 2012 - 2016
Table 5 Brazil - Mobile market share by technology 2004 - 2016
Table 6 Brazil - GSM subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 7 Brazil 3G municipal coverage 2008 - 2016
Table 8 Brazil 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 9 Brazil LTE subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 10 Brazil LTE subscribers by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 11 Brazil LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 12 Brazil M2M terminals (standard) 2008 2016
Table 13 Chile - 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 14 Chile - 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 15 Chile - Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 16 Chile - Active LTE subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 17 Colombia - 3G subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 18 Colombia - LTE subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 19 Costa Rica - Average traffic per mobile subscriber - 2011 - 2014
Table 20 Costa Rica - Mobile market share by operator - 2011 - 2014
Table 21 Costa Rica - Mobile market traffic - 2011 - 2016
Table 22 Costa Rica - Mobile revenue by service - 2011 - 2016
Table 23 Costa Rica - Proportion of mobile revenue by type - 2011 - 2016
Table 24 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2001 - 2015
Table 25 Ecuador - GSM subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 26 Ecuador - 3G subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 27 Ecuador - HSPA+ subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 28 Ecuador - LTE subscribers 2014 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Brazil - 3G network launches by operator 2007 - 2008
Exhibit 2 Haiti - Mobile banking
Exhibit 3 Honduras - Spectrum band allocations for LTE - 2013
Exhibit 4 Honduras - Spectrum auction awards October 2013

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