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Bolivia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4403060
  • Report
  • Region: Bolivia
  • 36 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Bolivia's Entel extends reach of its FttP service

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 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 the slowest and the most expensive in Latin America. Services are 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.

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.

All three mobile companies offer 3G services. Due to the poor quality, high cost, and unavailability of DSL, 3G has become an attractive alternative in Bolivia while the take-up of services based on LTE has risen steadily as network builds have been increased since Tigo launched the first LTE services in mid-2014.

Key Developments:
  • Entel planning $60 million investment for new Pacific fibre cable route via Peru;
  • Telecom sector regulator re-starts process to develop mobile number portability facility;
  • Bolivian Space Agency planning to launch a second telecom satellite after 2020;
  • Entel contracts Hughes Network to provide its Jupiter platform for a new broadband satellite service;
  • Viva joins Entel and Tigo with LTE services;
  • Tigo Bolivia capitalises on cable TV service with new bundled offering including mobile broadband based on its LTE network.
Under the Territory with Total Coverage' project, Entel has expanded its mobile network and installed more than 1,500 base stations, reaching all of Bolivia's 339 municipalities.

Entel reports net profit broaching B$1 billion for 2016;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2017, operator data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.
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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis

5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 ATT
5.3 Government policies
5.3.1 Privatisation of Entel
5.3.2 Renationalisation of Entel
5.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Telecommunications Law 2011

6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Entel
6.3 Cooperatives
6.3.1 Overview

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

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 2018; 2020; 2022
8.5 Government ICT plans
8.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.6.1 Other fixed broadband services

9. Digital economy
9.1 eHealth developments

10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics
10.3 Mobile broadband
10.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
10.5 Regulatory issues
10.5.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.6 Mobile infrastructure
10.6.1 Third Generation (3G)
10.6.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10.7 Major mobile operators
10.7.1 Entel Movil
10.7.2 Tigo (Telecel)
10.7.3 Viva (NuevaTel)
10.7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 M-payments

11. Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics Bolivia 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Bolivia 2000 - 2017
Table 8 Historic - Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines 1996 - 2009
Table 9 Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Entel revenue 2001 - 2015
Table 11 Entel - fixed lines in service and market share 2000 - 2012
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2009
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 14 International bandwidth 2000 - 2017
Table 15 Historic Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 1996 - 2009
Table 16 Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 17 Historic - Total fixed and mobile internet accesses 2002 - 2009
Table 18 Total fixed and mobile internet accesses 2010 - 2017
Table 19 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 - 2018
Table 20 Broadband market share by technology 2002 - 2015
Table 21 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 22 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 23 DSL subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 24 Entel DSL subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 25 Fibre broadband subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 26 WiMAX broadband subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 27 Satellite broadband subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 28 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1996 - 2009
Table 29 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 30 Market share of mobile operators 2001 - 2017
Table 31 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 32 Mobile internet connections by platform 2014 - 2017
Table 33 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 34 Historic - Entel mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 35 Historic - Entel 4G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 36 Tigo mobile subscribers 2003 - 2017
Table 37 Tigo financial data 2014 - 2017
Table 38 Viva mobile subscribers 2016 - 2017
Table 39 Viva mobile LTE subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 40 Viva mobile revenue 2016 - 2017

List of Charts
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2003 - 2018
Chart 2 Fixed internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Bolivia
Exhibit 2 List of cooperatives
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