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

  • ID: 838317
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Ecuador
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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  • BT Global Services
  • Etapa Telecom
  • Linkotel
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CNT to modernise LTE infrastructure and install a 5G non standalone network.

In common with several other mid-sized countries in the region, Ecuador has a small telecom market dominated by the mobile sector. The evolution of the market has been influenced by the poor fixed-line infrastructure, which has stymied the development of fixed-line broadband services. To some extent poor infrastructure has been the result of topographical challenges which have rendered the cost of deploying networks to remote and mountainous areas prohibitive.

Although Ecuador has seven fixed-line operators and a large number of ISPs, the state-owned incumbent CNT leads the fixed-line market, and thus also the fixed broadband market.

The mobile sector is shared by América Móvil's Conecel (trading as Claro), which has a 54.8% share of the market by subscribers, Telefónica's Otecel (trading as Movistar) with about 30.7% of the market, and CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) with a share of 14.5%. Thus far the MVNO sector has been slow to develop, partly because the incumbent operators also have their low-cost brands and thus there is little business case for new market entrants.

The government is keen to advance universalisation and improve teledensity, and it is expected that CNT will continue its efforts to expand the country's fixed-line infrastructure. At the same time, a national broadband plan has been implemented to expand and improve internet access for all Ecuadoreans. The fixed broadband market including DSL, cable modem and fibre-based services should continue to grow strongly in coming years, with an anticipated focus on fibre as networks are built out from the more densely populated urban areas. The mobile broadband market is also expected to grow strongly as network operators expand the reach of their LTE services.

The publisher notes that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the telecoms market. 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, has offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect has been a reduced (and sometimes negative) subscriber growth, which will continue into 2021.

Overall progress towards 5G has been postponed or curtailed in some countries.

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:

  • CNT selects Nokia to modernise existing LTE infrastructure and install a 5G non standalone (NSA) network;
  • Regulator enables online approval process for cell phones and other terminal equipment;
  • BT Group completes the sale of its operations and infrastructure in Latin America to CIH Telecommunications Americas;
  • Liberty Latin America enters talks with Telefónica to acquire its assets in Colombia and Ecuador;
  • CNT considers the sale of its tower assets to focus on fibre deployment;
  • Mintel initiates programs to provide Wi-Fi to parishes without connectivity;
  • Fifty-two percent of municipalities to provide free internet access points by end-2021;
The report update includes the regulator's market data to February 2021, telcos' operating data to Q4 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT), Nokia, BT Global Services, BT Group, Liberty Latin America (LLA), Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Ministry of Telecoms & Information Society (Mintel), Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, EmpresaEléctrica Regional Centrosur, Sencinet, Telxius, Tower One Wireless, Transelectric, Telconet
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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 Historical overview
5.2 Market analysis
5.3 National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile market developments

7 Mobile communications
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)
7.6 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed broadband
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 National Broadband Plan
8.3 Government support
8.4 Market analysis
8.5 Broadband statistics
8.6 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.7 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.8 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.9 Other fixed broadband services

9 Digital economy
9.1 Government programs
9.2 Emergency services

10 Fixed network operators
10.1 Introduction
10.2 CNT
10.3 Etapa

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

12 Appendix Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

14 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Ecuador 2021 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Ecuador 2011 2020
Table 3 Change in the share of fixed-line and mobile connections - 2011 - 2020
Table 4 Development of telecom revenue 2011 2018
Table 5 Annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 2020
Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 7 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2011 2021
Table 8 Change in the number of mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers (million) 2011 2021
Table 9 Revenue from mobile telephony services 2011 2018
Table 10 SMS traffic 2011 2018
Table 11 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 12 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 2020
Table 13 Change in the market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 2020
Table 14 Change in the proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2011 2021
Table 15 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology 2011 2021
Table 16 Growth in the number of base stations by operator - 2013 2021
Table 17 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2014 2021
Table 18 Growth in the number of LTE base stations by operator - 2013 2021
Table 19 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 2021
Table 20 Change in the number of Claro Ecuador's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Table 21 Development of Claro Ecuador's financial data ($ million) 2009 2020
Table 22 Development of Claro Ecuador's revenue by type ($ million) 2011 2020
Table 23 Change in the number of Movistar Ecuador's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Table 24 Growth in the number of CNT's mobile subscribers 2011 2021
Table 25 Fixed internet users and penetration 2011 2020
Table 26 Change in the number of fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2020
Table 27 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2020
Table 28 Change in the share of fixed internet connections by major operator - 2011 2021
Table 29 Cable broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 30 DSL subscribers 2011 2020
Table 31 FttP subscribers 2010 2020
Table 32 Change in the market share of fixed lines in service by operator 2011 2021
Table 33 Change in the number of CNT's fixed lines in service 2011 2021
Table 34 Change in the number of Etapa's fixed lines in service 2011 2021
Table 35 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 36 Revenue from fixed telephony services 2011 2018
Table 37 International bandwidth 2011 2019
Table 38 Historic Evolution of GDP in Ecuador 2000 2010
Table 39 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share - 1997 2010
Table 40 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2010
Table 41 Historic Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2010
Table 42 Historic Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers (million) 2008 2010
Table 43 Historic Revenue from mobile telephony services 2006 2010
Table 44 Historic SMS traffic 2008 2010
Table 45 Historic Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2010
Table 46 Historic Mobile subscribers by technology 2003 2010
Table 47 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1997 2010
Table 48 Historic Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers 1997 2010
Table 49 Historic Movistar mobile subscribers 1997 2010
Table 50 Historic CNT mobile subscribers 2003 2010
Table 51 Historic Fixed internet users and penetration 1998 2010
Table 52 Historic Fixed internet market share of subscribers major operators - 2008 2010
Table 53 Historic Cable broadband subscribers 2008 2010
Table 54 Historic DSL subscribers 2008 2010
Table 55 Historic Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2001 2010
Table 56 Historic CNT lines in service 2001 2010
Table 57 Historic Etapa lines in service 2001 2010
Table 58 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2010
Table 59 Historic Revenue from fixed telephony services 2006 2010
Table 60 Historic International bandwidth 2002 2010

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 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 11 Change in the proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2011 2021
Chart 12 Change in the number of mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers (million) 2011 2021
Chart 13 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 14 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (million) - 2014 2020
Chart 15 Change in the market share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 2020
Chart 16 Change in the proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2011 2021
Chart 17 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology 2011 2021
Chart 18 Growth in the number of base stations by operator - 2013 2021
Chart 19 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers by operator (million) 2014 2021
Chart 20 Growth in the number of LTE base stations by operator - 2013 2021
Chart 21 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 2021
Chart 22 Internet users and user penetration rate 2011 2020
Chart 23 Change in the number of fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 24 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2020
Chart 25 Change in the share of fixed internet connections by major operator - 2011 2020
Chart 26 Change in the market share of fixed lines in service by operator 2011 2021
Chart 27 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026

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 Ecuador
Exhibit 5 Submarine cable network links to Ecuador in 2021
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  • Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT)
  • Nokia
  • BT Global Services
  • BT Group
  • Liberty Latin America (LLA)
  • Etapa
  • TVCable (Suratel)
  • Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex)
  • Linkotel
  • Etapa Telecom
  • Global Crossing
  • Grupo Coripar
  • Starsat
  • Ministry of Telecoms & Information Society (Mintel)
  • Movistar
  • PuntoNet
  • Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet
  • Trans-telco
  • EmpresaEléctrica Regional Centrosur
  • Sencinet
  • Telxius
  • Tower One Wireless
  • Transelectric
  • Telconet
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