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Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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In common with a number of 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 n remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

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

The mobile sector is shared by America Movil's Conecel (trading as Claro), which has a 52.5% share of the market by subscribers, Telefonica's Otecel (trading as Movistar) with about 30% of the market, and CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) with a share of 17.6% share. 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. Virgin Mobile is expected to launch a service in Ecuador, following on from similar launches in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

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 and capitalise on its DSL service, which only took off in 2009. 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.

A new Telecom Law has been the subject of national and international controversy, particularly for its treatment of broadcasting. The most controversial points include the redistribution of spectrum and the creation of a regulatory authority in charge of censorship.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having 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:

Movistar extends LTE service to 19 cities, launches VoLTE;

Tribemobile Ecuador launches as an MVNO;

Telefonica Group retains its Ecuador unit while selling other Latin American businesses;

Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator;

CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network;

Government promotes its National Plan for Good Living for socio-economic development;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2018, telcos' operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, EmpresaElectrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, TVCable, Univisa.

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017

5 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

5.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

5.2 TMI versus GDP

5.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

5.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Historical overview

6.2 Regulatory authority

6.3 Interconnect

6.4 Anti-Monopoly Law of 2011

6.5 Telecommunications Law 2013

6.6 Telecommunications Law 2015

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Introduction

7.2 CNT

7.3 Etapa

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

8.3 Wholesale

8.4 Smart infrastructure

9 Fixed broadband

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9.2 National Broadband Plan

9.3 Government support

9.4 Market analysis

9.5 Broadband statistics

9.6 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9.7 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

9.8 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

9.9 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

9.10 Other fixed broadband services

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

10.4 Regulatory issues

10.5 Mobile infrastructure

10.6 Major mobile operators

10.7 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)

10.8 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Ecuador 2018

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Ecuador 2000 2018

Table 3 Historic-Fixed and mobile market share-1997 2009

Table 4 Fixed and mobile market share-2010-2017

Table 5 Revenue from telecom services 2011 2018

Table 6 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2001 2019

Table 7 CNT lines in service 2001 2019

Table 8 Etapa lines in service 2001 2019

Table 9 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 11 Revenue from fixed telephony services 2006 2018

Table 12 International bandwidth 2002 2016

Table 13 Historic Fixed internet users and penetration 1998 2009

Table 14 Fixed internet users and penetration 2010 2018

Table 15 Fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2019

Table 16 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2019

Table 17 Fixed internet market share of subscribers major operators-2008 2019

Table 18 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 19 Cable broadband subscribers 2008 2017

Table 20 DSL subscribers 2008 2017

Table 21 FttP subscribers 2008 2017

Table 22 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 24 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2018

Table 25 Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2008 2018

Table 26 Revenue from mobile telephony services 2006 2018

Table 27 SMS traffic 2008 2017

Table 28 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Table 29 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator-2014 2019

Table 30 Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator-2014 2019

Table 31 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 32 Base stations by operator-2013 2017

Table 33 Annual mobile numbers ported-2009 2018

Table 34 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Table 35 Mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Table 36 LTE subscribers by operator 2014 2018

Table 37 LTE Base stations by operator-2013 2017

Table 38 Historic-Mobile operators' market share 1997 2009

Table 39 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2005 2018

Table 40 Historic-Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers 1997 2009

Table 41 Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 42 Claro Ecuador financial data 2011 2019

Table 43 Claro Ecuador revenue by type 2011 2019

Table 44 Historic-Movistar mobile subscribers 1997 2009

Table 45 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 2018

Table 46 CNT mobile subscribers 2003 2018

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 Laggards 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 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2019

Chart 11 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2018

Chart 12 Fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 13 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2019

Chart 14 Mobile market evolution at a glance 2005 2019

Chart 15 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2018

Chart 16 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2012 2018

Chart 17 Mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Chart 18 Mobile operators' market share 2010 2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Ecuador

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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In common with a number of 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 n remote and mountainous areas prohibitive. However, there has also been a legacy of underinvestment in telecoms infrastructure as a whole.

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

The mobile sector is shared by America Movil's Conecel (trading as Claro), which has a 52.5% share of the market by subscribers, Telefonica's Otecel (trading as Movistar) with about 30% of the market, and CNT (previously Telecsa/Alegro) with a share of 17.6% share. 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. Virgin Mobile is expected to launch a service in Ecuador, following on from similar launches in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

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 and capitalise on its DSL service, which only took off in 2009. 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.

A new Telecom Law has been the subject of national and international controversy, particularly for its treatment of broadcasting. The most controversial points include the redistribution of spectrum and the creation of a regulatory authority in charge of censorship.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having 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:

Movistar extends LTE service to 19 cities, launches VoLTE;

Tribemobile Ecuador launches as an MVNO;

Telefonica Group retains its Ecuador unit while selling other Latin American businesses;

Arcotel assumes role as integrated telecom sector regulator;

CNT expands reach of 1Gb/s fibre network;

Government promotes its National Plan for Good Living for socio-economic development;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2018, telcos' operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, EmpresaElectrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, TVCable, Univisa.

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 National Plan for Good Living 2013-2017

5 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

5.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

5.2 TMI versus GDP

5.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

5.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Historical overview

6.2 Regulatory authority

6.3 Interconnect

6.4 Anti-Monopoly Law of 2011

6.5 Telecommunications Law 2013

6.6 Telecommunications Law 2015

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Introduction

7.2 CNT

7.3 Etapa

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

8.3 Wholesale

8.4 Smart infrastructure

9 Fixed broadband

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9.2 National Broadband Plan

9.3 Government support

9.4 Market analysis

9.5 Broadband statistics

9.6 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9.7 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

9.8 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

9.9 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

9.10 Other fixed broadband services

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

10.4 Regulatory issues

10.5 Mobile infrastructure

10.6 Major mobile operators

10.7 Mobile Virtual Network operators (MVNOs)

10.8 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Ecuador 2018

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Ecuador 2000 2018

Table 3 Historic-Fixed and mobile market share-1997 2009

Table 4 Fixed and mobile market share-2010-2017

Table 5 Revenue from telecom services 2011 2018

Table 6 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2001 2019

Table 7 CNT lines in service 2001 2019

Table 8 Etapa lines in service 2001 2019

Table 9 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 11 Revenue from fixed telephony services 2006 2018

Table 12 International bandwidth 2002 2016

Table 13 Historic Fixed internet users and penetration 1998 2009

Table 14 Fixed internet users and penetration 2010 2018

Table 15 Fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2019

Table 16 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2019

Table 17 Fixed internet market share of subscribers major operators-2008 2019

Table 18 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 19 Cable broadband subscribers 2008 2017

Table 20 DSL subscribers 2008 2017

Table 21 FttP subscribers 2008 2017

Table 22 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 24 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2018

Table 25 Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2008 2018

Table 26 Revenue from mobile telephony services 2006 2018

Table 27 SMS traffic 2008 2017

Table 28 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Table 29 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator-2014 2019

Table 30 Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator-2014 2019

Table 31 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 32 Base stations by operator-2013 2017

Table 33 Annual mobile numbers ported-2009 2018

Table 34 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Table 35 Mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Table 36 LTE subscribers by operator 2014 2018

Table 37 LTE Base stations by operator-2013 2017

Table 38 Historic-Mobile operators' market share 1997 2009

Table 39 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2005 2018

Table 40 Historic-Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers 1997 2009

Table 41 Claro Ecuador mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 42 Claro Ecuador financial data 2011 2019

Table 43 Claro Ecuador revenue by type 2011 2019

Table 44 Historic-Movistar mobile subscribers 1997 2009

Table 45 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 2018

Table 46 CNT mobile subscribers 2003 2018

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 Laggards 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 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2019

Chart 11 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2018

Chart 12 Fixed and mobile internet subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 13 Fixed and mobile internet subscriber penetration 2010 2019

Chart 14 Mobile market evolution at a glance 2005 2019

Chart 15 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2018

Chart 16 Proportion of mobile subscribers by technology 2012 2018

Chart 17 Mobile subscribers by technology 2001 2018

Chart 18 Mobile operators' market share 2010 2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Ecuador

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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paul budde communication, buddecomm, telecomunications research, country profile, forcast, forcasting, estimates, Broadband Fixed, Broadcasting, Companies (Major Players), Internet, Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media, Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure), Regulations & Government Policies, Smart Infrastructure, Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets), Telecoms Infrastructure, Ecuador, Latin America (Includes the Caribbean)


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CNT, Etapa, TVCable (Suratel), Claro (Ecuador Telecom/Telmex), Linkotel, Etapa Telecom, Global Crossing, Grupo Coripar, Starsat, Movistar, PuntoNet, Ecuanet/Megadatos. Easynet, Trans-telco, EmpresaElectrica Regional Centrosur, Transelectric, Telconet, TVCable, Univisa.