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Colombia - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • November 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 21 pages

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Colombia's broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, though growth in the sector has been hampered by poor fixed-line infrastructure in many departments. The government has launched several initiatives to increase broadband take-up, and has in place the National ICT Plan 2008-2019 aimed at encouraging the use of ICTs and of internet services as a vehicle for economic growth. The Live Digital for the People 2014-2018 program is concentrated on promoting the use of ICT in sectors including agriculture, education, health and tourism, and also involves projects that subsidise internet access for schools, low-income households, and rural areas. There is also the Digital Connections Project, aimed at improving services in the more deprived urban areas. These efforts have had considerable success, leading to far higher growth in the number of broadband subscriptions among the lower socio-economic groups in recent years.

The cable sector commands about half of the market by subscribers, with DSL having 40%. Fibre-based broadband has a growing market share, reaching 4% by mid-2016. The resurgence of cable is largely due to the growing popularity of bundled services which upgraded cable infrastructure can better support.

However, growth in fibre broadband connections has far outpaced the other platforms, and the developing footprint of fibre networks is increasingly leading to the migration of DSL subscribers to fibre.

Colombia's leading broadband players are the fixed-line operators Claro, UNE-EPM (owned by the mobile operator Tigo), Movistar, and ETB. Claro provides cable modem access, UNE offers both DSL and cable modem services, while Movistar and ETB use DSL technology.

The cable TV sector has undergone major consolidation and, as a result, two companies, Claro and UNE/Tigo, together control 89% of the market.

This report provides an overview of Colombia's broadband and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Regulator launches phase two of its Digital Connections Project extending broadband to underserved areas; DirecTV launches a LTE services; government investing COP200 billion in national Wi-Fi network to 2018; UNE-EPM completes merger with Tigo; Azteca Comunicaciones finishes fibre network rollout; COP1.2 trillion to be invested in National Fibre Optic Project; ETB expands its fibre service, hoping to cover one million premises by end-2018; National Television Authority replaces CNTV for regulating and managing TV services; report includes telcos' operating updates, ANTV data to February 2016, regulator's market data to Q2 2015, telco's operating data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UNE-EPM, Claro (Telmex), Movistar (previously Telefónica Telecom), ETB, BT Colombia, Calipso, Caucatel, Colomsat, Synapsis, Emcali, Telebucaramanga, Edatel, DirecTV, Global TV.

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