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

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

Peru’s government signs more contracts for national broadband project

Peru’s fixed-line teledensity is among the lowest in South America, at about 9.5%. Obstacles to fixed-line growth include widespread poverty, fixed-to-mobile substitution, expensive telephone services, and geographical inaccessibility in the rugged Andean mountains and lowland Amazon jungles. The Telecommunications Investment Fund FITEL provides subsidies for telecom services in rural areas and other places that are marginal for private providers. The government is addressing these shortcomings via ambitious investment plans to deploy telecom infrastructure and services in underserved areas. In 2015 two contracts were awarded to develop telecom services to four regions. The last of these contracts, undertaken in six stages, is expected to be awarded in June 2016, with most of the work to be complete by the end of 2017.
Trading as Movistar, Telefónica del Perú dominates the telephony market though its subscriber base has fallen in recent quarters. América Móvil’s Claro occupies a distant second place but its share is growing steadily, reaching 20% by mid-2015. Americatel Peru, a subsidiary of Entel Chile, is third with only about 1%.

Broadband subscriber penetration in Peru, at about 6%, is considerably lower than the Latin American average. In this sector the main problem is the lack of competition, which has made broadband in Peru one of the slowest and most expensive in the region. These difficulties are being addressed, and strong broadband growth is anticipated in coming years, feeding off the government’s national broadband project. In addition, the expanding LTE networks are providing mobile broadband to an increasing number of rural communities, as well as providing improved connectivity in urban areas.

Peru’s mobile penetration, approaching 110% in early 2016, is on a par with the regional average though this hides the fact that about a fifth of the population has no mobile phone at all, while many people – especially urban dwellers – have multiple mobile subscriptions. Four companies now compete in the mobile market: Movistar is the leading player with about 54% of the market, followed by Claro, Entel Perú and Viettel Peru, trading as Bitel. Bitel reported having signed up one million subscribers by the end of 2015, a year after launching services. Its extensive 3G network has been augmented by the launch of LTE services in late 2015. Market competition has also benefited from mobile number portability, which is hugely popular. During 2016 the anticipated entry of a number of MVNOs, including Virgin Mobile, will place further pressure on pricing and urge operators to improve their offerings.

This report provides an overview of Peru’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It also reviews the broadband and digital media markets, as well as recent developments related to mobile voice and data services. The report includes a wide range of relevant statistics and analyses, as well as profiles of the main operators in each sector.

Key developments:

Government signs contracts for four regional broadband projects as part of $1.16 billion fibre development program;
Telefónica to invest $1.8 billion in infrastructure to 2016;
Virgin Mobile Latin America aiming to set up as an MVNO by March 2016;
Growth in mobile number portability stimulating competition;
DirecTV launches LTE services;
Government delays plans to auction 700MHz spectrum for LTE to early 2016;
Report update includes the regulator’s data updates to October 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica del Perú (trading as Movistar), América Móvil Perú (trading as Claro), Americatel Perú, Gamacon, IDT, Convergia, Gilat To Home Perú, Rural Telecom, Valtron, and Nextel Perú, Telefónica del Perú (Movistar), América Móvil Perú (Claro), Nextel Perú, Americatel Perú, Terra Perú, EMax, Yota del Perú (Olo), VelaTel/Perusat, Star Global Com, Best Cable Peru, DirecTV, Telefónica del Perú (Movistar), América Móvil Perú (Claro), Entel Perú, Viettel Peru (Bitel), Virgin Mobile.

Table Of Contents

Peru - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Ministry of Transport, Communications, Housing and Construction (MTC)
3.2.2 Osiptel
3.3 Telecommunications Investment Fund (FITEL)
3.4 Multicarrier system
3.5 Interconnect
3.6 Differentiated interconnection charges
3.7 Access
3.8 Number Portability (NP)
3.9 Fixed-line tariffs
3.10 Single concession regime
3.11 Telefónica del Perú's contract
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.1.1 Local fixed-line service
4.1.2 Long-distance fixed-line service
4.2 Movistar Perú (Telefónica)
4.3 Claro Perú (America Móvil)
4.4 Americatel Perú
4.5 Gilat To Home Perú (GHP)
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.2 Public payphones
5.1.3 Rural telephony and FITEL
5.1.4 Copper cable theft
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
5.3.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.3.3 CDMA 450
5.4 Wholesale
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market - 2015; 2017; 2020
6.2.1 Cabinas públicas
6.2.2 Government initiatives
6.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.6 Other fixed broadband services
6.6.1 Fixed wireless
6.6.2 Satellite broadband
6.6.3 Digital economy
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Cable TV
7.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.5 Communications: VoIP
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General statistics
8.2.2 Mobile data
8.2.3 Mobile broadband
8.2.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
8.3 Regulatory issues
8.3.1 Spectrum regulations
8.3.2 Spectrum auctions and awards
8.3.3 Mobile licence renewals
8.3.4 SIM card registration
8.3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.3.6 Roaming
8.3.7 Infrastructure deployment
8.4 Mobile infrastructure
8.4.1 Introduction
8.4.2 Digital networks
8.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
8.5 Major mobile operators
8.5.1 Movistar Perú (Telefónica Móviles Perú)
8.5.2 Claro Perú (America Móvil)
8.5.3 Entel Perú
8.5.4 Viettel Peru (Bitel)
8.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.6 Mobile content and applications
8.6.1 m-commerce

List of tables

Table 1 Country statistics Peru 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Peru 2000 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed and mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed and mobile market share - 2004 - 2015
Table 11 Percentage of households with access to ICT services - 2005 - 2012
Table 12 Telecommunications revenue 2001 - 2016
Table 13 Telecommunications sector investment 2010 - 2014
Table 14 Number of licences per service 2007 - 2012
Table 15 Fixed lines in service operator market share 2001 - 2015
Table 16 Domestic long distance traffic operator market shares 2000 - 2013
Table 17 International long distance traffic (outgoing) operator market shares 2000 - 2013
Table 18 Movistar financial data (S/.) 2013 - 2014
Table 19 Movistar financial data () 2013 - 2015
Table 20 Movistar fixed-line accesses 2001 - 2015
Table 21 Claro fixed lines in service 2001 - 2015
Table 22 Claro fixed-line revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 23 Americatel Peru revenue 2011 - 2015
Table 24 Fixed-line subscriptions 2001 - 2016
Table 25 Public telephones 2000 - 2013
Table 26 International bandwidth 2000 - 2014
Table 27 Broadband operators' market share 2007 - 2015
Table 28 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 29 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 30 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 1999 - 2004
Table 31 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2016
Table 32 Broadband subscribers and population penetration 2005 2016
Table 33 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2000 - 2015
Table 34 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 35 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 36 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 37 Telefónica broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 38 WiMAX broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 39 Peru B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2013
Table 40 Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 1998 - 2004
Table 41 Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2015
Table 42 Pay TV operators' market share 2002 - 2015
Table 43 Pay TV subscribers by operator 2002 - 2015
Table 44 Cable TV penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 45 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 46 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 47 Mobile market share by operator 2001 - 2015
Table 48 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2004 - 2015
Table 49 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 50 SMS by operator 2004 - 2012
Table 51 Mobile broadband subscribers (modem, USB) and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 52 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 53 Movistar Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 54 Movistar Peru mobile revenue 2001 - 2015
Table 55 Claro Peru mobile revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 56 Claro Peru mobile subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 57 Entel Peru subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 58 Entel Peru subscribers by type 2013 2015
Table 59 Entel Peru revenue (ChS/.) 2013 2014
Table 60 Entel Peru revenue ($) 2014 2015
Table 61 Viettel Peru mobile subscribers 2014 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers at a glance 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Percentage of households with access to ICT services - 2005 2012
Chart 3 Fixed-line subscriptions 2000 2016
Chart 4 Operators' market share at a glance 2007 - 2015
Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 6 Fixed broadband technologies market share at a glance 2003 - 2015
Chart 7 Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2015
Chart 8 Pay TV market share at a glance 2009 - 2015
Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 10 Mobile market share by operator 2001 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Peru
Exhibit 2 Telefónica del Perú at a glance
Exhibit 3 Movistar rebranding
Exhibit 4 Claro Perú at a glance
Exhibit 5 America Móvil Perú/Telmex Perú company history
Exhibit 6 Bands and spectrum
Exhibit 7 Mobile Perú at a glance

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