Recent Study: Central America Telecommunications Report Q4 2014

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Sep 10 2014

The future for telecoms operators lies in the expansion of content and encouraging consumers to use their mobile connections for a growing range of lifestyle needs. Regional market leader Tigo has been most active in launching its range of mobile financial services (MFS) , which are seeing rapid take up. Pay-TV is increasingly on the radar of operators in the region, although the market potential remains small. Mobil e forecasts show much slower growth across the board, with only Nicaragua offering any real growth potential.

Key Data

New data from the Panamanian regulator show the market to have grown more slowly than previously expected and a decline in subscriptions in 2012. These revisions meet BMI's expectations that the market contains a large number of inactive subscriptions. We forecast minimal growth over 2014-2018

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We upgraded our 3G/4G forecasts for Costa Rica after Claro and Movistar launched new services. We expect 3G and 4G connections to account for nearly 62% of connections by the end of our forecast period.

Key Trends And Developments

Discussions over the introduction of number portability (NP) in El Salvador are ongoing. Market leader Tigo has urged the regulator to introduce the service, even though it has the most to lose. SIGET, the country's telecoms regulator, also plans to monitor quality of service and has called for amendments to the Telecommunications Act to enable it to monitor compliance. Honduras launched its NP system in early May 2014.

Chinese telecoms operator Xinwei Telecom announced a delay to itsnetwork rollout. The company will begin testing equipment in October 2014. This will likely lead to a commercial roll out in 2014, rather than February 2014 as previously stated. The company had previously announced that it had reduced its planned one-year investment on the rollout to USD300mn from the previously stated USD700mn.

The Central America Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Central America Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras.

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