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

  • ID: 2225879
  • Report
  • April 2020
  • Region: Costa Rica
  • 148 pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cabletica
  • Claro
  • Movistar
  • RASCA
  • Tigo
  • MORE
Costa Rica's liberalised telecom sector saw substantial growth for a number of years, though the level of growth has fallen sharply since 2016, and fell to only 0.3% in 2018, year-on-year. Although the state-owned operator ICE remains the dominant provider of fixed-line services, the regional operators Claro and Movistar are significant players in the important mobile services market. Considerable change to the market emerged from the 2019 sale of Movistar to Millicom International, trading as Tigo. The deal, still to be finalised, was part of a wider plan which also saw Tigo acquire Movistar's business units in Panama and Nicaragua.

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 was stimulated by the 2014 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.

The Costa Rican telecom sector has showed greater resilience than most others in the region, and with the implementation of number portability there is greater scope for increased competition in the coming years. This has been reflected in the sharp decline in the cost of broadband data in recent years.

In addition, the report covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments
  • Government, telecom regulator and telcos agree on strategy to address COVID-19 crisis;
  • Regulator prepares for 700MHz auction;
  • Telefónica Costa Rica sold to Millicom International;
  • ICE secures access to Telia Carriers Central America backbone network;
  • Movistar and Claro secure licenses at auction;
  • ICE investing more in multi-technology NGN project;
Report includes the regulators market data reports for 2018; telcos financial and operating data updates, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), RASCA, Tigo, Cabletica, Claro, Movistar
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cabletica
  • Claro
  • Movistar
  • RASCA
  • Tigo
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Regional Market Comparison
2.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Mobile data
7.2 Mobile broadband
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
8.5 Other fixed-line broadband services

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 ICE
9.2 Claro

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 National telecom network
10.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
10.3 International infrastructure
10.4 Wholesale

11 Appendix Historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Costa Rica 2020 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Costa Rica 2010 2020
Table 3 Number of authorised telecom service operators 2011 2018
Table 4 Growth in telecom sector revenue and annual change 2011 2018
Table 5 Change in telecom revenue by sector 2014 2018
Table 6 Change in revenue market share by sector 2014 2018
Table 7 Fonatel investment in telecoms 2012 2018
Table 8 Fonatel covered premises, people 2015 2018
Table 9 Mobile, broadband subscriptions enabled via Fonatel 2014 2018
Table 10 Growth in the number of mobile number portings - 2013 2018
Table 11 Development of roaming revenue (SMS/MMS and voice) - 2013 2018
Table 12 Average traffic per mobile subscriber - 2012 2018
Table 13 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by main operator - 2012 2018
Table 14 Change in the mobile market share by operator - 2011 2018
Table 15 Mobile market traffic - 2011 2018
Table 16 Development of mobile revenue by service - 2014 - 2018
Table 17 Development of mobile revenue by service - 2014 - 2018
Table 18 Proportion of mobile telephony service revenue by type - 2011 2018
Table 19 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Table 20 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 2018
Table 21 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2010 2018
Table 22 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2010 2018
Table 23 Development of prepaid and contract mobile ARPU - 2014 2018
Table 24 Development of prepaid and contract mobile ARPU - 2014 2018
Table 25 SMS and MMS traffic - 2011 2018
Table 26 Average SMS traffic sent per user per month - 2014 2018
Table 27 Decline in SMS/MMS revenue - 2011 - 2018
Table 28 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Table 29 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Table 30 Growth in mobile internet revenue - 2013 2018
Table 31 Growth in mobile internet traffic - 2013 2018
Table 32 ICE mobile subscribers - 2012 2018
Table 33 Claro mobile subscribers - 2012 2018
Table 34 Movistar mobile subscribers - 2012 2018
Table 35 Change in the number of MVNO mobile subscribers by provider - 2011 2018
Table 36 Change in the number of MVNO mobile subscribers by provider - 2011 2018
Table 37 Fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU 2011 2018
Table 38 Change in the proportion of fixed internet connections by data rate - 2015 2018
Table 39 Change in the proportion of fixed internet connections by data rate - 2015 2018
Table 40 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 41 Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2015 2018
Table 42 Fixed-line internet traffic and annual change 2013 2018
Table 43 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2010 2018
Table 44 DSL subscribers and household penetration 2010 2018
Table 45 Fibre broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 46 WiMAX subscribers 2009 2018
Table 47 Development of ICE's financial data 2010 2018
Table 48 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 49 Decline in the number of ICE's PSTN lines and penetration 2010 2018
Table 50 Growth in the number of VoIP connections and penetration 2010 2018
Table 51 Change in VoIP market share of subscribers by operator 2013 2018
Table 52 Change in the proportion of traditional fixed and VoIP lines 2012 2018
Table 53 Change in PSTN and VoIP revenue 2012 2018
Table 54 Development of PSTN telephony and VoIP ARPU 2012 2018
Table 55 Average PSTN telephony and VoIP revenue per minute 2014 2018
Table 56 Change in fixed-line telephony and VoIP traffic 2010 2018
Table 57 Change in the average telephony traffic per subscriber (fixed-line and VoIP) 2010 2018
Table 58 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2007 2018
Table 59 Wholesale fixed-line broadband lines and revenue 2015 2018
Table 60 Historic - Evolution of GDP in Costa Rica 2000 2009
Table 61 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 2009
Table 62 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1997 2015
Table 63 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2009
Table 64 Historic - Broadband market share by technology 2000 2008
Table 65 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009
Table 66 Historic - Cable modem subscribers and household penetration 2000 2009
Table 67 Historic - DSL subscribers and household penetration 2002 2009

List of Charts
Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders
Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers
Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents
Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 8 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Growth in telecom sector revenue and annual change 2011 2018
Chart 11 Change in telecom revenue by sector 2014 2018
Chart 12 Change in revenue market share by sector 2014 2018
Chart 13 Fonatel covered premises, people 2015 2018
Chart 14 Mobile, broadband subscriptions enabled via Fonatel 2014 2018
Chart 15 Growth in the number of mobile number portings - 2013 2018
Chart 16 Development of roaming revenue (SMS/MMS and voice) - 2013 2018
Chart 17 Average traffic per mobile subscriber - 2012 2018
Chart 18 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by main operator - 2012 2018
Chart 19 Change in the mobile market share by operator - 2011 2018
Chart 20 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Chart 21 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2010 2018
Chart 22 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 23 Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2015 2018
Chart 24 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2010 2018
Chart 25 DSL subscribers and household penetration 2010 2018
Chart 26 Development of ICE's financial data 2010 2018
Chart 27 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 28 Decline in the number of ICE's PSTN lines and penetration 2010 2018
Chart 29 Change in the proportion of traditional fixed and VoIP lines 2012 2018
Chart 30 Change in PSTN and VoIP revenue 2012 2018
Chart 31 Development of PSTN telephony and VoIP ARPU 2012 2018
Chart 32 Change in fixed-line telephony and VoIP traffic 2010 2018
Chart 33 Change in the average telephony traffic per subscriber (fixed-line and VoIP) 2010 2018
Chart 34 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2007 2018

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 4 Major submarine cable networks connecting Costa Rica
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  • Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
  • RASCA
  • Tigo
  • Cabletica
  • Claro
  • Movistar
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