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Panama - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses - Product Image

Panama - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4339337
  • Report
  • Region: Panama
  • 96 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Panama’s Additional Cable Connectivity to Improve Broadband from 2019

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cable and Wireless Panama
  • Cable Onda
  • Claro
  • Digicel
  • Movistar
  • Optynex Telecom
  • MORE
Panama's economic prospects remain promising, with GDP growth during the last few years being steady at between 5% and 6% annually. This growth has had a positive effect on the country's telecom market, which has also grown steadily and attracted considerable investment from significant international operators including Telefónica, America Móvil and Liberty Global. Liberty Global in 2016 acquired Cable & Wireless Communications, which owns the incumbent telco Cable & Wireless Panama. The deal has enabled Liberty Global to combine CWP's businesses in Panama and the Caribbean with its own operations in Chile and Puerto Rico. The merged operator provides improved bundled service offerings and has stimulated competition with the other regional players Digicel and Claro. In December 2017 Liberty Global created Liberty Latin America (LLA) to manage the company's Latin American and Caribbean businesses. LLA has since expanded through acquisitions, including the purchase of an 80% stake in Cabletica (Costa Rica) in February 2018.

Other significant changes to the market include Millicom International having acquired the main cable TV provider Cable Onda for $1 billion at the end of 2018, and its acquisition in February 2019 of Telefónica's businesses in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua for $1.7 billion.

Telecom revenue climbed steadily for several years before falling back in 2016 and 2017. Mobile services and broadband remain the key sectors, a trend likely to continue in 2019 in the wake of operator investments in network upgrades.

Panama's fixed-line teledensity is well below average for the region, and the number of lines continues to fall as customers adopt mobile-only solutions for making calls and for internet access.

Competition remains limited in the broadband sector, where the incumbent CWP has resisted unbundling its local network and as a result has secured a virtual monopoly in the delivery of DSL access. The only cross-platform competition is from cable modem and WiMAX services.

The mobile sector has flourished in recent years. The popularity of customers having multiple SIM cards pushed mobile penetration rates above 174% in 2014 this this has fallen back in response to measures aimed at removing dormant SIM cards and unregistered users. The arrival of Digicel Panamá in 2008 and América Móvil in 2009 ended the duopoly long enjoyed by Cable & Wireless Panamá and Telefónica's Movistar and resulted in additional competition and steep price reductions. Legislation adopted in early 2018 allowed for market consolidation and the reduction of the market to three players, aimed at making more efficient use of available spectrum. Although the number of players remains the same, Tigo Panama has expanded into the fixed and mobile segment by acquiring Movistar.

Internet penetration has grown in recent years and is expected to do so steadily further into 2019 because of consumer demand for services as well as the stimulus of the government's Internet for All project. In 2010, Panama became one of the first countries in the world to offer free wireless broadband access nationwide. The National Internet Network project does not compete with private broadband providers, because its aim is digital inclusion and not the provision of broadband access.

Key Developments:

Telefónica Group sells its Panamanian unit to Millicom International;
Digicel Panama secures 700MHz spectrum licence, completes $100 million investment program, launches LTE services;
Millicom International acquires Cable Onda for $1 billion;
South America Pacific Link cable soon to be ready for service, connecting Panama to the Caribbean and Asian regions;
Deep Blue Cable begins project to extend its pan-Caribbean regional submarine cable system to Panama;
Movistar, Claro and C&WP extend reach of LTE services;
C&WP contracts Ericsson to develop VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling services;
C&WP trials G-fast technology with Huawei;
Broadband for Central America project to close digital divide by 2020;
Report update includes the regulators market data to December 2018, operator data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom, Digicel, Movistar
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cable and Wireless Panama
  • Cable Onda
  • Claro
  • Digicel
  • Movistar
  • Optynex Telecom
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market analysis
3.3 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
3.4 TMI versus GDP
3.5 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
3.6 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

4 Regulatory environment
4.1 Regulatory authorities
4.2 Privatisation of INTEL
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Number Portability (NP)

5 Fixed network operators
5.1 Overview
5.2 Cable & Wireless Panamá
5.3 Cable Onda/Telecarrier
5.4 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp)
5.5 Optynex Telecom
5.6 Movistar

6 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.3 Infrastructure developments
6.4 Wholesale

7 Broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2019; 2021; 2023
7.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
7.4 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.5 G.fast
7.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
7.7 WiMAX
7.8 Satellite broadband

8 Digital economy
8.1 eHealth

9 Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Forecasts mobile market 2019; 2021; 2023
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.5 Major mobile operators

10 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Panama 2018
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Panama 2000 - 2018
Table 3 Telecom market revenue and investment 2000 - 2018
Table 4 Telecom market revenue by sector 2007 - 2018
Table 5 Telecom market revenue share by sector 2013 - 2018
Table 6 Fixed number portings 2012 - 2016
Table 7 Fixed-line call traffic by type 2007 - 2017
Table 8 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 9 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015
Table 10 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue (old style) 2009 2017
Table 11 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue (new style) 2017 2018
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019
Table 14 Public telephones 1998 - 2017
Table 15 International bandwidth 2008 - 2016
Table 16 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 17 Internet users and user penetration rate 2010 - 2019
Table 18 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 1998 - 2009
Table 19 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2010 - 2019
Table 20 Broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2018
Table 21 Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable 2001 - 2018
Table 22 Forecast broadband growth 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 23 Cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2018
Table 24 C&WP DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2018
Table 25 DSL subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2018
Table 26 FttP subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 27 Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 28 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 29 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2019
Table 30 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1998 - 2017
Table 31 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 32 Mobile outgoing traffic by type 2007 - 2017
Table 33 SMS traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 34 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2019
Table 35 Forecast mobile subscriber growth 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 36 Mobile number portings 2011 - 2016
Table 37 LTE mobile subscribers 2016 2017
Table 38 C&WP mobile subscribers 2005 2018
Table 39 Tigo Panama mobile subscribers 2018 2019
Table 40 Tigo Panama financial data 2018 2019

List of Charts
Chart 1 Telecom market revenue by sector 2007 2018
Chart 2 Telecom market revenue share by sector 2013 - 2018
Chart 3 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category
Chart 5 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category
Chart 6 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category
Chart 7 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 8 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 9 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 10 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2009 2018
Chart 13 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015
Chart 14 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines revenue 2009 2017
Chart 15 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2002 2019
Chart 16 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2019
Chart 17 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2019
Chart 18 Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable 2001 2018
Chart 19 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2019
Chart 20 Mobile outgoing traffic by type 2007 2017
Chart 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2019

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 serving Panama
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  • Cable and Wireless Panama
  • Cable Onda
  • Claro
  • Optynex Telecom
  • Digicel
  • Movistar
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