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Venezuela - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • January 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 17 pages

Venezuela's fixed-line teledensity remains one of the highest in Latin America, 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 state-owned incumbent CANTV: Convergia Venezuela, Telemic (Intercable), Movistar, Digitel and Veninfotel Communications. Convergia and Inter are primarily cable TV companies which provide fixed-line services over their cable TV network as part of bundled packages (including pay TV and broadband), while Movistar and Digitel 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 2016 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.

Despite the economic troubles, there is growth in some sectors, including LTE, satellite-based pay TV services and videostreaming. CANTV, and its main competitors Movistar and Digitel have maintained ambitious investment plans, largely aimed at improving their networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators. It also provides a range of statistics and market analyses.

Key developments:
Election of new government prompts consideration of CANTV privatisation; CANTV extends fibre-optic backbone infrastructure; falling GDP and lower revenue from oil exports continue to place a strain on consumer spend for telecom services; high smartphone penetration encouraging growth in mobile data; report includes the regulator's market data to September 2015, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report:
CANTV, Movistar, Digitel, Inter, NetUno, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía.

Table Of Contents

Venezuela - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecom Ministry
5.2 Conatel
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 CANTV
6.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
6.4 Digitel
6.5 Inter
6.6 NetUno
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Terrestrial links
7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
7.2.3 Satellite networks
8. Wholesale
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1998 - 2004
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Telecom revenues and investments 2001 - 2015
Table 11 Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed-line prepaid/postpaid ratio 2001 - 2014
Table 13 CANTV group revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 14 CANTV fixed lines in service and market share 1999 - 2013
Table 15 Movistar fixed lines in service and market share 2004 - 2012
Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Table 18 Historic - Public payphones 1997 - 2004
Table 19 Public payphones 2005 - 2015
Table 20 Fixed-line voice traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 21 Fixed-line revenue and investment 2005 - 2016
Chart 1 Evolution of revenues and investments 2001 - 2015
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service market evolution at a glance 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Venezuela
Exhibit 2 CANTV at a glance

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