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

  • January 2017
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 52 pages

Venezuela’s telcos facing struggle to fund investments into 2017

Venezuela’s fixed-line teledensity remains relatively high for the region, though steady growth in the number of lines in recent years came to an end in 2015, when the number of lines in service fell 3.5% year-on-year.
In the local telephony market, five companies compete with the state-owned incumbent CANTV: Three of these are primarily cable TV companies providing services over their cable TV networks, while two are primarily mobile operators.
With a continuing economic crisis and high inflation, as well as lower prices for the country’s key export commodity, oil, the general outlook for 2017 is not promising. A new government elected in December 2015 plans to amend the Telecommunications Act, while there are indications that it may also privatize CANTV, the main telecom player nationalised in 2007.

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is below the average for South America, while growth in the sector has been set back by the ongoing economic recession. The number of mobile subscribers fell 4.7% in 2015, in line with the fall in fixed-line and internet subscriptions as customers scale back their spending on services. Nevertheless, the volume of data traffic has been increasing steadily, spurred by the popularity of social networks, the prevalence of smartphones and the use of mobile networks for data in preference to fixed-line internet services. Mobile data traffic increased 76% in the fourth quarter of 2015, year-on-year.
Three major players operate in the mobile market: Movilnet, Movistar Venezuela and Digitel, a locally owned private company. In terms of revenue, the mobile sector accounted for almost 60% of overall telecom sector revenue in 2015, compared to 7% for internet services and 14% for subscription TV services.

Venezuela’s fixed broadband penetration is lower than the regional average, while data rates are also relatively low. CANTV has a monopoly on the provision of DSL services, while there a few cable TV companies offer cable broadband access. The government has launched a National Fibre-Optic Backbone project to provide broadband access nationally.

Pay TV is the fastest growing telecom sector in Venezuela after mobile broadband, and accounts for 14% of all telecom revenue in the country. The market leaders are DirecTV (now owned by AT&T), Inter, SuperCable, NetUno, Movistar, and CANTV.
This report provides an overview of Venezuela’s telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. The report also reviews the broadband and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition the report covers the mobile market, assessing the performance and strategies of the network operators and proving subscriber forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Election of new government prompts consideration of CANTV privatisation;
CANTV completes installation of 5,700kms of new fibre cabling;
Falling GDP and lower revenue from oil exports continue to place a strain on consumer spend for telecom services;
CANTV extends IPTV service;
CANTV’s Wi-Fi program connects 3,000 public spaces;
National Fibre-Optic Backbone project deployment 70% complete;
DTTV subscriber base reaches 850,000 by end-2015;
Telefónica sees dramatic write-down on revenue following currency devaluation;
Regulator defines additional spectrum to be auctioned;
LTE subscriber base increases 22% in Q4 2015, reaching 676,000;
Mobile data traffic grows 76% in 2015, year-on-year;
Report includes the regulator’s market data to December 2015, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

CANTV, Movistar Venezuela, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía, Movilnet, MovilMax, Tesacom, SuperCable, DirecTV.

Table Of Contents

Venezuela - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Telecom Ministry
3.2 Conatel
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 CANTV
4.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
4.4 Digitel
4.5 Inter
4.6 NetUno
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the 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 Wholesale
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.2 Market analysis
6.3 Government initiatives
6.3.1 Laptops for schools
6.3.2 National Fibre-Optic Backbone Project
6.4 Broadband statistics
6.5 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
6.6 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.7 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.8 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.9 Other fixed broadband services
6.9.1 Wi-Fi/WiMAX
6.9.2 Satellite broadband
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Bundled services
7.3 Inter
7.4 SuperCable
7.5 NetUno
7.6 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.7 Digital Terrestrial TV
7.8 Videostreaming
7.9 Social networks
7.10 Communications
7.10.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Digital economy
8.1 E-commerce
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
9.2.3 Mobile data
9.2.4 Mobile broadband
9.2.5 Forecasts mobile market 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum auctions
9.3.2 Network sharing
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Movilnet (CANTV)
9.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica)
9.5.3 Digitel
9.6 Mobile handsets

List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2011 - 2016
Table 8 Telecom revenues and investments 2001 - 2016
Table 9 Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001 - 2015
Table 10 Levies collected by Conatel 2004 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio 2001 - 2014
Table 12 CANTV group revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 13 CANTV fixed lines in service and market share 1999 - 2015
Table 14 Movistar fixed lines in service 2004 - 2016
Table 15 Movistar Venezuela financial data 2015 - 2016
Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2009
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 18 Historic - Public payphones 1997 - 2009
Table 19 Public payphones 2010 - 2017
Table 20 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2005 - 2017
Table 21 Fixed-line revenue and investment 2005 - 2016
Table 22 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 23 Internet users, subscribers and user penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 24 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 25 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2017
Table 26 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2001 - 2015
Table 27 CANTV broadband subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 28 Internet service revenue 2001 - 2017
Table 29 Forecast broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 30 Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 1997 - 2009
Table 31 Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2010 - 2015
Table 32 Major pay TV providers market share 2010 - 2012
Table 33 Broadcasting service revenue 2001 - 2015
Table 34 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 35 Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 36 Mobile voice traffic 2001 - 2017
Table 37 Mobile sector revenue 2001 - 2017
Table 38 Distribution of mobile subscribers by operating platform 2014 - 2015
Table 39 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 - 2015
Table 40 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 1997 - 2015
Table 41 Historic - Mobile ARPU 2002 - 2012
Table 42 Mobile ARPU by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 43 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2015
Table 44 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2015
Table 45 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 46 Mobile data traffic 2014 - 2015
Table 47 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 48 Mobile subscriber distribution by technology 2014 - 2015
Table 49 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001 - 2015
Table 50 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 51 Movistar mobile service revenue 2015 - 2016
Table 52 Movistar subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 53 Smartphones in use 2014 - 2015

List of Charts
Chart 1 Evolution of revenues and investments 2001 - 2015
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service market evolution at a glance 2005 - 2017
Chart 3 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2017
Chart 4 Fixed broadband subscribers market evolution at a glance 2000 - 2017
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2003 - 2017

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Venezuela
Exhibit 2 Movistar at a glance

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