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Costa Rica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband- Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 2225879
  • Report
  • Region: Costa Rica
  • 48 pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Costa Rica sees two operators secure mobile spectrum at 2017 auction
Costa Rica's liberalised telecom sector has seen substantial growth in all sectors in recent years. Although competition was slow to develop there is now effective competition in all sectors. The state owned operator ICE remains the dominant provider of fixed-line services, while the regional operators Claro and Movistar are significant players in the important mobile services market.

The number of fixed-lines fell for a number of years though more recently the decline has been offset by growing consumer use of VoIP services. This has been stimulated by the recent hike in tariffs for fixed-line calls.

Costa Rica's broadband market is the most developed in Central America, with the highest broadband penetration for this sub-region. Geographical distribution however is unequal, with a much higher digital gap than in the case of telephone services. Compared with the whole of Latin America, Costa Rica's broadband penetration lags behind Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and some Caribbean islands.

There was a steady increase in overall telecom sector revenue for a number of years, peaking at 24% 2014 though this has since fallen, being a more moderate 3% in 2016. Fixed-line voice services account for about 5% of revenue while revenue from VoIP services, though increasing sharply in recent years, still accounts for only 1%. Total investment by operators has fallen in recent years, from 2.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 to only 0.7% in 2016. Overall sector revenue has accounted for 3% of GDP in the three years since 2014.

The Costa Rican telecom sector has showed greater resilience than most in the region, and with the implementation of number portability there is greater scope for increased competition in coming years.

The DTT market continues to develop, with the first digital broadcast made in 2012, though there are as yet few subscribers to the service. The switch to DTTV is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Key Developments:

Comptroller General approves the 2017 multi-spectrum auction, with Movistar and Claro securing licenses; regulator prepares tender for an additional 15 projects funded by Fonatel; ICE investing more in multi-technology NGN project; Coopesantos launches FttP services in areas San Pablo, San Marcos and Santa Maria; regulator expected to auction 100MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz band by late 2018; Telefónica launches OTT Movistar Play service; regulator determines that there is sufficient competition in several telecom market segments; Sutel adopts LRIC model to calculate access and interconnection rates; report includes the regulator's market data reports to 2016; telcos' financial and operating data updates to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), RASCA, Tigo, Cable Tica.
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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis latest developments

5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.1.1 General Telecommunications Law
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 Sutel
5.3 Government policies
5.3.1 Sector liberalisation
5.4 Universalisation fund (Fonatel)
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
5.8 Tariffs
5.9 DR-CAFTA

6. Fixed network operators
6.1 ICE
6.2 Claro

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

8. International infrastructure
8.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries
8.2 Submarine cable networks
8.3 Satellite networks
8.4 Infrastructure developments
8.4.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8.5 Smart infrastructure

9. Wholesale

10. Broadband market
10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
10.1.1 Market analysis
10.1.2 Broadband statistics
10.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
10.2.1 RACSA
10.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
10.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
10.5 Other fixed-line broadband services
10.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi)
10.5.2 Internet via satellite

11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.2 Mobile data
11.2.1 SMS/MMS
11.3 Mobile broadband
11.4 Regulatory issues
11.4.1 Spectrum auctions
11.4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.4.3 Roaming
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.5.1 Overview
11.5.2 Digital networks
11.6 Major mobile operators
11.6.1 ICE (Kölbi, ICE Cellular)
11.6.2 Claro (América Móvil)
11.6.3 Movistar (Telefónica Costa Rica)
11.6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

12. Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics Costa Rica 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Costa Rica 2000 - 2017
Table 8 Number of authorised telecom service operators 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Telecom sector revenue and annual change 2011 - 2016
Table 10 Revenue by sector 2012 - 2016
Table 11 Revenue market share by sector 2012 - 2016
Table 12 ICE financial data 2010 - 2014
Table 13 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2009
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 15 PSTN lines 2010 - 2016
Table 16 Proportion of traditional fixed and VoIP lines 2012 - 2016
Table 17 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 18 Fixed-line telephony and VoIP ARPU 2012 - 2016
Table 19 Fixed-line telephony and VoIP traffic 2010 - 2016
Table 20 Average telephony traffic per subscriber (fixed-line and VoIP) 2010 - 2016
Table 21 International bandwidth 2007 - 2016
Table 22 Active VoIP subscriptions and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 23 VoIP market share by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 24 VoIP services revenue 2011 - 2016
Table 25 Fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU 2011 - 2016
Table 26 Proportion of fixed internet connections by data rate - 2015 - 2016
Table 27 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1997 - 2010
Table 28 Internet users and user penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 29 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2018
Table 30 Historic - Broadband market share by technology 2000 2009
Table 31 Fixed-line broadband market share by technology 2015 2016
Table 32 Fixed-line internet traffic 2013 - 2016
Table 33 Cable modem subscribers and household penetration 2000 - 2017
Table 34 DSL subscribers and household penetration 2002 - 2017
Table 35 Fibre broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 36 WiMAX subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 37 Average traffic per mobile subscriber - 2011 - 2016
Table 38 Mobile market share by operator - 2011 - 2016
Table 39 Mobile market traffic - 2011 - 2016
Table 40 Mobile revenue by service - 2012 - 2016
Table 41 Proportion of mobile service revenue by type - 2011 - 2016
Table 42 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2009
Table 43 Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2018
Table 44 Proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 45 Prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 46 Prepaid and contract mobile ARPU - 2014 - 2016
Table 47 SMS and MMS traffic - 2011 - 2016
Table 48 SMS/MMS revenue - 2011 - 2016
Table 49 Mobile internet subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2017
Table 50 Mobile internet revenue - 2013 - 2016
Table 51 Mobile internet traffic - 2013 - 2016
Table 52 Mobile number portings - 2014 - 2016
Table 53 Roaming revenue (SMS/MMS and voice) - 2013 - 2016
Table 54 ICE mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 55 Claro mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 56 Movistar mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 57 MVNO mobile subscribers by provider - 2011 - 2016

List of Charts
Chart 1 ICE financial data 2010 2014
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Chart 3 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2018
Chart 4 Cable modem subscribers and household penetration 2000 2017
Chart 5 DSL subscribers and household penetration 2002 2017
Chart 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 2018
Chart 7 Prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 2016

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks connecting Costa Rica
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  • Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
  • RASCA
  • Tigo
  • Cable Tica
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