Peru - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Peru - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Published on May 26, 2014 - 65 pages

MNP portings to be reduced to 24 hours, coinciding with launch of Viettel's mobile service

Peru's fixed-line teledensity is the third lowest in South America after Bolivia and Paraguay. A number of obstacles to growth in the sector remain, exacerbated by the popularity of mobile services as a preferred alternative in many rural areas where fixed-line infrastructure remains poor. The Telecommunications Investment Fund FITEL provides subsidies for telecom services in rural areas and other places that are considered uneconomical for telcos.

Telefonica del Peru (trading as Movistar) dominates the telephony market, followed by America Movil's Claro division and Americatel Peru.

Although Peru's mobile penetration is below the regional average, the market remains very uneven, with low penetration in rural areas while multiple SIM card use is popular in urban areas. The market is a triopoly of Telefonica (Movistar), America Movil (Claro) and Americatel Peru (Emtel). Vietnam's Viettel is expected to launch services later in 2014, following many delays, while Virgin Mobile also plans to enter the market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The market has considerable potential to expand, especially if economic growth continues in coming years.

Broadband penetration is considerably lower than the regional average. The country remains affected by wide-scale poverty, limited levels of literacy, low computer penetration, and poor competition, which has made broadband services among the slowest and most expensive in the region. Nevertheless, strong broadband growth is predicted during the next five years at least as a result of the government's national broadband plan which aims to provide internet connectivity via a fibre-optic backbone to many less urbanised regions. Mobile broadband will be the main growth platform.

Key developments:
  • Fixed Number Portability to be launched by July 2014, with MNP porting process to be reduced to one day;
  • Telefonica Large Enterprise (TGE) begins testing High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ka Band technology;
  • Telefonica to invest $1.8 billion in infrastructure to 2016, focuses on broadband, pay TV, and data to compensate for erosion of fixed-telephony services;
  • Movistar's LTE subscriber base reaches 70,000 by May 2014;
  • Viettel prepares to launch mobile services by mid-2014, completes its obligation to provide fibre-optic broadband to 2,000 public schools;
  • government plans to hand over all 900MHz spectrum to Viettel by mid-2015;
  • Americatel Peru plans $400 million investment in LTE;
  • Claro launches Clarovideo service, rolls out fibre service to Pucallpa, providing broadband at up to 60Mb/s as well as digital TV;
  • slow progress in fibre builds attributed to municipal bureaucracy;
  • cable broadband remains poorly developed, with only about 2% household penetration;
  • report includes telcos' operating data to Q1 2014, regulator's market data to December 2013;
  • market developments to May 2014.
  • Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


Table of Contents

1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Outlook
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Peru's telecom market
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Ministry of Transport, Communications, Housing and Construction (MTC)
3.2.2 Osiptel
3.3 Telecommunications Investment Fund (FITEL)
3.4 Multicarrier system
3.5 Interconnect
3.6 Differentiated interconnection charges
3.7 Access
3.8 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.9 Fixed-line tariffs
3.10 Single concession regime
3.11 Telefonica del Peru's contract
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Local fixed-line service
4.1.2 Long-distance fixed-line service
4.2 Movistar Peru (Telefonica)
4.3 Claro Peru (America Movil)
4.4 Americatel Peru
4.5 Gilat To Home Peru (GHP)
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.2 Public payphones
5.1.3 Rural telephony and FITEL
5.1.4 Copper cable theft
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
5.3.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.3.3 CDMA 450
5.3.4 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.4 Wholesale
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Fixed broadband statistics
6.1.2 Fixed broadband market analysis
6.1.3 Cabinas publicas
6.2 Government initiatives
6.2.1 One Laptop per Child project
6.2.2 FITEL broadband plans
6.2.3 National Fibre-Optic Backbone
6.3 ISPs and broadband players
6.4 Cable modems
6.5 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.6 Wireless broadband
6.6.1 WiMAX
6.7 Satellite broadband
6.8 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP) networks
6.9 Media convergence
6.10 E-commerce
7. Digital Media / Digital Economy
7.1 Broadcasting
7.1.1 Pay TV overview
7.1.2 Cable TV
7.1.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.1.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Peru's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Spectrum regulations
8.2.2 Spectrum auctions and awards
8.2.3 Mobile licence renewals
8.2.4 SIM card registration
8.2.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Overview
8.3.2 Second Generation (2G) mobile (GSM/CDMA/iDEN)
8.3.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile (UMTS)
8.3.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 Movistar Peru (Telefonica Moviles Peru)
8.4.2 Claro Peru (America Movil)
8.4.3 Americatel Peru (Entel Chile)
8.4.4 Viettel Peru
8.5 Mobile Messaging
8.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.6 Mobile broadband
8.7 Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts
9.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market 2015; 2020
9.1.1 Scenario 1 - higher fixed line growth
9.1.2 Scenario 2 - lower fixed line growth
9.2 Forecasts - fixed broadband market 2015; 2020
9.2.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband growth
9.2.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband growth
9.3 Forecasts - mobile market 2015; 2020
9.3.1 Scenario 1 - higher mobile market growth
9.3.2 Scenario 2 - lower mobile market growth
Table 1 - Country statistics Peru - 2013 (e)
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)