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Bolivia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4403060
  • Report
  • May 2019
  • Region: Bolivia
  • 92 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Although Bolivia has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, GDP remains among the lowest in South America. Many areas of the country outside the main cities are poor and undeveloped, and there is a sizeable proportion of the population which live in remote valleys and areas where telecom infrastructure has been chronically neglected. As a result, the penetration of telecom services is relatively low.

The structure of Bolivia's fixed telecom market is different from most other countries. Local services are primarily provided by 15 telecom cooperatives. These are non-profit-making companies privately owned and controlled by their users. Since the market was liberalised the cooperatives have also provided long-distance telephony, while several also offer broadband and pay TV services. They have invested in network upgrades in a bid to improve services for customers, and to expand their footprints.

Bolivia has a multi-carrier system wherein consumers can choose a long-distance carrier for each call by dialling the carrier's prefix. A number of operators have also adopted fixed-wireless technologies, and some rent fibre-optic capacity.

State-owned Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) is the country's incumbent long-distance operator, also offering local telephony, DSL and satellite pay TV services. Its subsidiary Entel Movil is Bolivia's largest mobile network provider.

Bolivia's fixed broadband services remain expensive, though the cost of bandwidth is only a fraction of what it was only a few years ago. Services are still unavailable in many rural and remote areas, and even in some of the major urban areas. Being a landlocked country, Bolivia has no direct access to submarine cable networks and must therefore connect to the rest of the world either via satellite or through terrestrial links across neighbouring countries. Fixed broadband services are fast migrating from DSL to fibre, while there are also cable broadband services available in some major cities.

Since it was renationalised in 2007 Entel has focused on providing telecom services in rural areas under a project known as Territory with Total Coverage'. This project aims to increase telecom coverage through mobile rather than through fixed networks.

Bolivia has more than ten times as many mobile phones as fixed lines, and the trend towards fixed-mobile substitution continues. Besides Entel, another two companies offer mobile telephony: Tigo, wholly owned by Luxembourg-based Millicom International, and NuevaTel, trading as Viva and controlled by US firm Trilogy International. A proposed deal to merge Millicom's business units in the region with those of Liberty Latin America was called off in February 2019.

All three mobile companies offer 3G services while LTE is available. Due to the poor quality, high cost, and poor reach of DSL, mobile networks have become the principal platform for voice services and data access. The take-up of services based on LTE has risen steadily as network builds have been increased. Tigo launched the first LTE services in mid-2014, followed by Viva in mid-2015 and by early 2019 both companies' networks reached more than 90% of the population. About 92% of all internet accesses are via smartphones.

Key Developments:

Viva sells about 600 towers to Phoenix Tower International;
Entel reiterates plans to extend fibre to all 339 municipal capital cities by 2022, launches Bolivia's first LTE-A network;
Government makes progress with National Broadband Plan to 2020;
Entel planning $60 million investment for new Pacific fibre cable route via Peru;
Bolivian Space Agency planning to launch a second telecom satellite after 2020;
Report update includes the regulators market data to September 2018, operator data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.
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1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis

4 Regional Latin America Market Comparison
4.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
4.2 TMI versus GDP
4.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
4.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Government policies
5.4 Telecommunications Law 2011

6 Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Entel
6.3 Cooperatives

7 Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Infrastructure developments

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
8.5 Government ICT plans
8.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Digital economy
9.1 eHealth developments

10 Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile broadband
10.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.7 Major mobile operators
10.8 Mobile content and applications

11 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Bolivia 2018
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Bolivia 2000 2018
Table 3 Historic - Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines 1996 2009
Table 4 Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines 2010 2018
Table 5 Telecom market revenue by sector 2010 2018
Table 6 Telecom fixed voice revenue by type 2010 2018
Table 7 Historic - Entel revenue 2001 2015
Table 8 Historic - Entel fixed lines in service and market share 2000 2012
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 2009
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018
Table 11 International bandwidth 2000 2019
Table 12 Historic Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 1996 2009
Table 13 Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 14 Historic - Total fixed and mobile internet accesses 2002 2009
Table 15 Total fixed and mobile internet accesses 2010 2018
Table 16 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2019
Table 17 Fixed broadband market share by technology 2002 2018
Table 18 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 19 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 2018
Table 20 DSL subscribers 2002 2018
Table 21 Fibre broadband subscribers 2012 2018
Table 22 WiMAX broadband subscribers 2015 2018
Table 23 Satellite broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 24 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1996 2009
Table 25 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 26 Market share of mobile operators 2001 2017
Table 27 Mobile voice traffic 2006 2018
Table 28 Annualised mobile voice ARPU 2005 2018
Table 29 Mobile voice traffic per month per subscriber 2006 2018
Table 30 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2007 2018
Table 31 Mobile internet connections by platform 2014 2018
Table 32 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 33 Historic - Entel mobile subscribers 2000 2013
Table 34 Tigo mobile subscribers 2003 - 2019
Table 35 Tigo financial data 2014 2019
Table 36 Viva mobile subscribers 2015 2019
Table 37 Viva mobile LTE subscribers 2015 2019
Table 38 Viva financial data 2017 2019
Table 39 Viva mobile revenue 2015 2019
Table 40 Viva mobile ARPU 2017 2019

List of Charts
Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category
Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category
Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category
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 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2003 2018
Chart 11 Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2007 2018
Chart 14 Tigo financial data 2014 2019

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Bolivia
Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 4 Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 5 List of cooperatives
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