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

  • ID: 4773807
  • Report
  • March 2021
  • Region: Venezuela
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Stifling the Telecoms Sector

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alodiga
  • Convergía
  • Inter
  • Movilnet
  • Multiphone
  • SuperCable
  • MORE
Venezuela's economic crisis stifling the telecoms sector

Venezuela's fixed-line teledensity was relatively high for the region before the steady growth in the number of lines came to an end in 2015. Since then, the number of lines has plummeted, and by late 2020 teledensity had fallen to about 18.6%. The cause is largely linked to the country's ongoing economic troubles, which have compelled many people to terminate fixed-line telecom services and others still to flee the country.

The financial concerns of customers have been exacerbated by the decrepit state of much of the fixed network, which has been hampered by the difficulty for telcos and infrastructure suppliers to pay for equipment from foreign vendors. This has resulted in a poor quality of service in many areas of the country. These pressures have also distorted sector revenue and have placed into disarray operators' investment plans aimed at improving networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services.

The fixed broadband penetration rate is lower than the regional average, while data speeds are also relatively low. There is no effective competition in the provision of DSL, and as a result the state-owned incumbent CANTV has had little incentive to improve services from its meagre revenue streams.

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is also below the regional average. The number of mobile subscribers fell by an estimated 1.3% in 2020, year-on-year, as subscribers terminated services in a bid to reduce discretionary spending. The three MNOs Movilnet, Movistar, and Digitel have also had to contend with widespread theft of equipment and with erratic electricity supply to their remaining base stations. Movistar has also been hit by currency restrictions and has depended on support from Telefónica Group to stay afloat. Nevertheless, it seems determined to remain in the market.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's telecom infrastructure, market, and regulatory environment, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It also provides a range of statistics and market analyses. The report also reviews the fixed and wireless broadband markets, as well as the mobile market, including an assessment of key market statistics and general sector analyses on a very difficult competitive environment.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus continues to have 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. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

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:
  • Simon Bolivar Satellite (VeneSat-1) drifts off its allocated orbital path and becomes non-operational;
  • AT&T closes its DirecTV Latin America unit in Venezuela due to US sanctions, Chilean investment firm Scale Capital acquires DirecTV's operations, aims to launch mobile services;
  • Pluto TV launches ad-supported streaming platform;
  • Chilean investment firm Scale Capital acquires DirecTV's operations, aims to launch mobile services;
  • Conatel awards new ISP licence to Conext Venezuela;
The report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2019, operator data updates to Q4 2020, 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:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom, CANTV, Inter, NetUno, SuperCable, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergía
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alodiga
  • Convergía
  • Inter
  • Movilnet
  • Multiphone
  • SuperCable
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison
2.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed 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 Subscribers
4.3 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Regulatory authorities
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators

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

9 Digital economy
9.1 E-commerce
9.2 Mobile payments
9.3 E-Learning

10 Fixed network operators
10.1 Introduction
10.2 CANTV
10.3 Movistar (Telefónica)
10.4 Digitel
10.5 Inter
10.6 NetUno

11 Telecommunications infrastructure
11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure
11.3 Wholesale

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Venezuela 2020 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2011-2020
Table 3 Telecom revenues and investments 2011-2019
Table 4 Telecom revenue by sector (Bs.F billion) 2011-2019
Table 5 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 6 Mobile voice traffic 2011-2020
Table 7 Mobile sector revenue 2011-2020
Table 8 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile subscriptions 2011-2020
Table 9 Change in the number of prepaid/postpaid mobile subscribers 2011-2020
Table 10 Decline in SMS traffic, annual change 2011-2020
Table 11 Decline in SMS traffic, annual change 2011-2020
Table 12 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2011-2026
Table 13 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2011-2026
Table 14 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2011-2026
Table 15 Increase in mobile data traffic 2014-2020
Table 16 Change in the distribution of mobile subscribers by technology 2014-2019
Table 17 M2M connections 2014-2019
Table 18 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 - 2019
Table 19 Movilnet mobile subscribers 2011-2019
Table 20 Movistar mobile service revenue 2015-2020
Table 21 Movistar subscribers 2011-2020
Table 22 Internet users and penetration rate 2011-2019
Table 23 Dial-up internet subscribers 2011-2019
Table 24 Fixed line broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2011-2026
Table 25 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2011-2018
Table 26 CANTV broadband subscribers 2011-2013; 2018 -2019
Table 27 Internet service revenue 2011-2019
Table 28 Cable broadband subscribers 2011-2018
Table 29 DSL broadband subscribers 2011-2018
Table 30 Fibre broadband subscribers 2014-2018
Table 31 Change in the number of CANTV's fixed lines in service and market share 2011-2015; 2018-2019
Table 32 Change in the number of Movistar Venezuela's fixed lines in service 2011-2016 ; 2018 - 2019
Table 33 Development of Movistar Venezuela's financial data 2015-2020
Table 34 Movistar Venezuela's accesses by platform (million) 2011-2016
Table 35 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Table 36 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2011-2019
Table 37 International internet bandwidth 2011- 2018
Table 38 Historic - Telecom sector revenue and investment 2001-2010
Table 39 Historic - Telecom sector revenue by sector 2008-2010
Table 40 Historic - Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001-2010
Table 41 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997-2010
Table 42 Historic - Mobile voice traffic 2001-2010
Table 43 Historic - Mobile sector revenue 2001-2010
Table 44 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997-2010
Table 45 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2000-2010
Table 46 Historic - SMS messages traffic and annual change 2002-2010
Table 47 Historic - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2008-2010
Table 48 Historic - Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001 - 2010
Table 49 Historic - Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001-2010
Table 50 Historic - Movistar subscribers 2001-2010
Table 51 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1998-2010
Table 52 Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers 2000-2010
Table 53 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2000-2010
Table 54 Historic - Fixed broadband technologies market share 2001-2016
Table 55 Historic - CANTV broadband subscribers 2000-2010
Table 56 Historic - Internet service revenue 2001-2010
Table 57 Historic - Cable broadband subscribers 2007-2010
Table 58 Historic - DSL broadband subscribers 2007-2010
Table 59 Historic CANTV's fixed lines in service and market share 2000-2010
Table 60 Historic Movistar's fixed lines in service 2004-2016
Table 61 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997-2010
Table 62 Historic - Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2001-2010
Table 63 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2004- 2010
Table 64 Historic - Movistar Venezuela's financial data (Bs. F billion) 2014-2016

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 Challengers 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 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Evolution of revenues and investments 2011-2019
Chart 11 Evolution of revenues and investments 2011-2019
Chart 12 Active Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 13 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile subscriptions 2011-2020
Chart 14 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2011-2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2011-2026
Chart 16 Change in the distribution of mobile subscribers by technology 2014-2019
Chart 17 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 - 2019
Chart 18 Internet users and user penetration rate 2011-2019
Chart 19 Fixed line broadband subscribers 2011-2026
Chart 20 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Chart 21 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2011-2019

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 Map of Venezuela
Exhibit 5 Submarine cable network links to Venezuela in 2021
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  • Movilnet
  • Movistar
  • Digitel
  • MovilMax
  • Tesacom
  • CANTV
  • Inter
  • NetUno
  • SuperCable
  • Alodiga
  • Multiphone
  • Totalcom
  • Convergía
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
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