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Among the poorer countries in Latin America, Guatemala's telecom infrastructure has suffered from years of underinvestment from state and provincial governments. The poor state of fixed-line infrastructure has led to Guatemala having one of the lowest teledensities in the region. In many rural regions of the country there is no fixed-line access available, and so mobile services are adopted by necessity.

Network upgrades, in both the fixed-line and mobile sectors, have largely been undertaken by the private sector. Private investment has been supported by government and regulatory efforts, resulting in a steady growth in the number of fixed lines which in turn has supported growth in the fixed broadband segment. In the mobile sector operator investments in LTE infrastructure have stimulated the take-up of mobile data services.

Steady GDP growth should provide greater disposable household revenue and so stimulate demand for telecom and ICT services. This could be more marked if the country managed to free itself from its legacy of violence, poverty, and corruption, factors which continue to inhibit prospective investors.

Key players including Telefonica and America Movil are regional and global powerhouses which can tap into expertise and financial resources to bolster their Guatemalan businesses. In March 2019 Telefonica group sold is local unit to America Movil, a deal which would create are stronger provider of converged services if it gains regulatory approval.

Given the commercial impetus of operators, insufficient government financial investment has resulted in many regional areas remaining with poor or non-existent services. Nevertheless, the country benefits from one of the most open regulatory frameworks, with all telecom sectors having been open to competition since 1996.

America Movil controls about 83% of the fixed lines in service through its subsidiary Claro. Mobile telephony is the most developed telecom market sector in Guatemala, accounting for most voice lines and internet access lines. The intense competition among the three operators has helped to improve services and lower prices for end-users. Mobile penetration is on a par with the regional average, though the slower growth in the mobile subscriber base suggests a level of market saturation, with the emphasis among operators being on generating revenue via mobile data services.

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:

Telefonica Group sells its local unit to America Movil;

Regulator prepares for 1700MHz spectrum auction in mid-2019;

Movistar extends reach of its LTE-A services;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, operators' 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:

Tigo (Millicom), Telefonica (Movistar), Claro (Telgua), Guatel, Cablenet, Unitel, Comcel, A-Tel

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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 Historic overview

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 Regulatory authority

6.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.3 Privatisation of Guatel/Telgua

6.4 DR-CAFTA

6.5 Interconnection

6.6 Foreign investments

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Claro/Telgua (America Movil)

7.2 Movistar (Telefonica)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 National fibre-backbone networks

8.2 International infrastructure

9 Broadband market

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Regulatory issues

10.3 Mobile infrastructure

10.4 Major mobile operators

10.5 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

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

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Guatemala 2000 2018

Table 3 Fixed lines by main operator 2009 2018

Table 4 Fixed lines by minor operator 2009 2018

Table 5 Historical-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 2009

Table 6 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 7 Public payphones in service 2003; 2008; 2012-2018

Table 8 Historical-Internet users and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 9 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 10 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2019

Table 11 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2017

Table 12 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 14 Mobile subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2003 2018

Table 15 Market share by mobile operator 2000 2018

Table 16 Mobile traffic by operator 2014 2018

Table 17 Mobile traffic market share by operator 2014 2018

Table 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019

Table 19 Tigo Guatemala mobile subscribers 2000 2019

Table 20 Tigo Guatemala financial data 2015 2019

Table 21 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 2018

Table 22 Movistar Guatemala 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 penetration rate 2010 2019

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2019

Chart 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2019

Chart 14 Mobile subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2003 2018

Chart 15 Market share by mobile operator 2000 2018

Chart 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019

Chart 17 Tigo Guatemala financial data 2015 2019

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 Major submarine cable networks connecting Guatemala

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Among the poorer countries in Latin America, Guatemala's telecom infrastructure has suffered from years of underinvestment from state and provincial governments. The poor state of fixed-line infrastructure has led to Guatemala having one of the lowest teledensities in the region. In many rural regions of the country there is no fixed-line access available, and so mobile services are adopted by necessity.

Network upgrades, in both the fixed-line and mobile sectors, have largely been undertaken by the private sector. Private investment has been supported by government and regulatory efforts, resulting in a steady growth in the number of fixed lines which in turn has supported growth in the fixed broadband segment. In the mobile sector operator investments in LTE infrastructure have stimulated the take-up of mobile data services.

Steady GDP growth should provide greater disposable household revenue and so stimulate demand for telecom and ICT services. This could be more marked if the country managed to free itself from its legacy of violence, poverty, and corruption, factors which continue to inhibit prospective investors.

Key players including Telefonica and America Movil are regional and global powerhouses which can tap into expertise and financial resources to bolster their Guatemalan businesses. In March 2019 Telefonica group sold is local unit to America Movil, a deal which would create are stronger provider of converged services if it gains regulatory approval.

Given the commercial impetus of operators, insufficient government financial investment has resulted in many regional areas remaining with poor or non-existent services. Nevertheless, the country benefits from one of the most open regulatory frameworks, with all telecom sectors having been open to competition since 1996.

America Movil controls about 83% of the fixed lines in service through its subsidiary Claro. Mobile telephony is the most developed telecom market sector in Guatemala, accounting for most voice lines and internet access lines. The intense competition among the three operators has helped to improve services and lower prices for end-users. Mobile penetration is on a par with the regional average, though the slower growth in the mobile subscriber base suggests a level of market saturation, with the emphasis among operators being on generating revenue via mobile data services.

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:

Telefonica Group sells its local unit to America Movil;

Regulator prepares for 1700MHz spectrum auction in mid-2019;

Movistar extends reach of its LTE-A services;

Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, operators' 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:

Tigo (Millicom), Telefonica (Movistar), Claro (Telgua), Guatel, Cablenet, Unitel, Comcel, A-Tel

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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 Historic overview

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 Regulatory authority

6.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.3 Privatisation of Guatel/Telgua

6.4 DR-CAFTA

6.5 Interconnection

6.6 Foreign investments

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Claro/Telgua (America Movil)

7.2 Movistar (Telefonica)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 National fibre-backbone networks

8.2 International infrastructure

9 Broadband market

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Regulatory issues

10.3 Mobile infrastructure

10.4 Major mobile operators

10.5 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

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

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Guatemala 2000 2018

Table 3 Fixed lines by main operator 2009 2018

Table 4 Fixed lines by minor operator 2009 2018

Table 5 Historical-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 2009

Table 6 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 7 Public payphones in service 2003; 2008; 2012-2018

Table 8 Historical-Internet users and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 9 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 10 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2019

Table 11 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2017

Table 12 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 14 Mobile subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2003 2018

Table 15 Market share by mobile operator 2000 2018

Table 16 Mobile traffic by operator 2014 2018

Table 17 Mobile traffic market share by operator 2014 2018

Table 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019

Table 19 Tigo Guatemala mobile subscribers 2000 2019

Table 20 Tigo Guatemala financial data 2015 2019

Table 21 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 2018

Table 22 Movistar Guatemala 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 penetration rate 2010 2019

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2019

Chart 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2019

Chart 14 Mobile subscribers by operator (regulator data) 2003 2018

Chart 15 Market share by mobile operator 2000 2018

Chart 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019

Chart 17 Tigo Guatemala financial data 2015 2019

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 Major submarine cable networks connecting Guatemala

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