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Mexico - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • August 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 63 pages

Legislation aimed at increasing competition encourages América Movil to adopt changes
With a population of around 109 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 17%, Mexico's telecom sector retains significant potential for growth. The market is dominated by the incumbent Telmex, with about 80% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex's sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Movil. To address this, a telecom reform law passed in mid-2013 set up a new regulator, removed barriers to foreign investment and has introduced measures to reduce América Movil's market share. These reforms will go far to making Mexico's telecom market more competitive.
The broadband sector is one of the highest growth areas in Mexico's telecoms market. The main cable TV providers, Megacable, Cablemás and Cablevision, have begun to broaden their bundled services offerings, and as a result their broadband subscriber base has grown steadily in recent years. Nevertheless, there is significant scope for further market development given that the country's broadband penetration is among the second lowest among the 34 OECD countries, and consumer prices remain high.

Growth in the mobile market has begun to slow in response to higher penetration. Telcel dominates the market, accounting for about 70% of subscribers. Mobile data is rapidly emerging as a key driver, with LTE infrastructure expanding across the country. Operators are making use of concessions in the 700MHz band while the regulator has also assigned spectrum in the 2.5GHz band for LTE, which the government is in the process of reclaiming from existing holders.

Key developments:

New telecom regulator formed; strong growth in pay TV subscriptions and increased interest in triple-play services; government introduces legislative changes for the telecom sector; Cablemás and América Movil launch VoD services; regulator approves interconnection cost model to 2014; América Movil makes moves to reduce market dominance; Virgin Mobile Latin America launches services on Movistar's network; mobile penetration approaches 92%; regulator takes control of 2.5GHz spectrum, reassigns it for 4G; Megacable seeks MXN120 million compensation for return of unused spectrum in the 2.5GHz band; Mexico's first local Internet Exchange Point opens in Mexico City; Smart Grid deployments gathering pace; government's CompuApoyo initiative targets 1.7 million homes for computers and broadband access; Hughes delivers national satellite broadband network; regulator's market data updates; telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2014; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies and subsidiaries covered include:

Telcel; Movistar; Iusacell; Teléfonos de México (Telmex); Axtel; Alestra; Maxcom, Marcatel, Megacable; Cablemás; Cablevision; Maxcom; Sistemas Interactivos de Telecomunicaciones (SIT);; Megafon; InterCable; CFE, Nextel Mexico; Televisa; Globalstar; Unefon; Telefonica.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Mexico - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
1. Key Statistics
1.1 Economic background
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Background
2.2 Overview
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Privatisation
3.2 Deregulation
3.3 Foreign investment rules
3.4 Regulatory authorities
3.5 Telecoms reform
4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Background
4.2 Overview
4.3 Telmex/America Móvil
4.4 Fixed-line statistics
4.5 National network infrastructure developments
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 Smart grids
5.1.1 Smart grid technology
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Government support
6.2.1 Municipal broadband
6.3 Broadband statistics
6.4 Access
6.5 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.5.1 Prodigy Infinitum (Telmex)
6.6 Cable broadband
6.6.1 Megacable
6.6.2 Cablemás
6.6.3 Cablevisión
6.7 Fibre developments
6.8 Wireless broadband
6.8.1 WiFi
6.8.2 Early WiMAX developments
6.9 Mobile broadband
6.10 Internet via satellite
6.11 Utilities broadband
6.11.1 Utilities communications
6.12 Triple play and VoIP developments
7. Digital Media / Digital Economy
7.1 Digital TV broadcasting
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 Cable TV (CATV)
7.1.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
7.1.4 Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV
7.1.5 Pay TV statistics
7.1.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.1.7 Other developments
7.2 e-Commerce
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Mexico's mobile (cell phone) market
8.1.1 Mobile market statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Regulatory authorities
8.2.2 Spectrum auctions
8.2.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
8.2.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.5 Data roaming
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Overview
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 Telcel
8.4.2 Movistar
8.4.3 Grupo Iusacell
8.4.4 Nextel de Mexico
8.4.5 Mobile Virtual network operators
8.5 Mobile voice services
8.5.1 Minutes of Use (MOU)
8.5.2 Prepaid
8.5.3 Satellite mobile
8.6 Mobile data services
8.6.1 SMS Text Messaging
8.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8.6.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
8.6.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.6.5 M-payment services
8.6.6 M-banking
9. Forecasts
9.1 Broadband forecasts
9.2 Mobile market forecasts 2011 - 2016
Table 1 Country statistics 2013
Table 2 Telecom revenue and annual growth 2014 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom market growth 2004 - 2014
Table 9 Telecom sector investment 1999 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom sector revenue and annual growth 1998 - 2014
Table 11 Telmex fixed-line subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 12 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 - 2014
Table 13 Historical - Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 1996 - 2004
Table 14 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Table 15 Length of fibre backbone network 2001- 2012
Table 16 Smart grid technology market revenue 2012- 2020
Table 17 Proportion of internet accesses by medium 2014
Table 18 Internet users and annual change - 2000 2014
Table 19 Internet and broadband penetration - 2000 2014
Table 20 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 21 Broadband subscribers by access technology 2000 - 2014
Table 22 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 - 2014
Table 23 Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change 2001 2014
Table 24 Megacable ARPU 2007 - 2014
Table 25 Megacable revenue by sector 2010 - 2014
Table 26 Cablemás cable modem subscribers and annual change 2002 2014
Table 27 Cablemás financial data 2012 2014
Table 28 Cablevisión cable broadband subscribers and annual change 2002 2014
Table 29 Mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 30 Cable VoIP subscribers of major providers 2006 - 2014
Table 31 Historical - Cable TV subscribers 1998 - 2004
Table 32 Cable TV subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 33 Megacable TV subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 34 Historical - Satellite TV subscribers 1998 - 2004
Table 35 Satellite TV subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 36 Televisa video subscribers by platform 2010 - 2013
Table 37 Pay TV subscribers by technology, annual change and penetration rate 1998 - 2014
Table 38 e-Commerce revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 39 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 40 Mobile market share by major operator 2001 - 2013
Table 41 Mobile market revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 42 Mobile market traffic 2003 - 2014
Table 43 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2014
Table 44 Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 45 Telcel wireless revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 46 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 - 2014
Table 47 Movistar minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 48 Movistar financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 49 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2010
Table 50 Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) 2000 - 2007
Table 51 Historic - Mobile traffic 1995 - 2004
Table 52 Historic - Mobile traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 53 Prepaid / postpaid subscribers and annual change 1997 - 2013
Table 54 Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 55 SMS traffic 2006 - 2013
Table 56 SMS messages per subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 57 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate highergrowth scenario 2011 2016; 2020
Table 58 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario 2011 2016; 2020
Table 59 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario 2011 - 2012; 2016
Table 60 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher growth scenario 2011 - 2012; 2016
Chart 1 Telmex revenue, EBITDA 2011 2014
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 2005 2013
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 2014
Chart 4 Internet subscribers by access technology 2000 2014
Chart 5 Prodigy Infinitum ADSL subscriber lines and annual change 2003 2012
Chart 6 Megacable cable modem subscribers and annual change 2001 2014
Chart 7 Megacable revenue by sector 2010 2014
Chart 8 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2014
Chart 9 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 2014
Chart 10 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 2014
Chart 11 Movistar financial data 2008 2014
Chart 12 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2010

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