Honduras-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses

Honduras-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

Honduras's incumbent telco Hondutel has net profit fall into 2017

Among the poorest countries in Central America, Honduras has long been plagued by an unstable political framework which has rendered telecom sector reform difficult. This has created real difficulties for telcos as well as consumers. Fixed-line teledensity, at only 5.2%, is significantly lower than the Latin American and Caribbean average. Poor fixed-line infrastructure has been exacerbated by low investment and topographical difficulties which have made investment in rural areas unattractive or uneconomical. As a consequence, the internet has been slow to develop in Honduras: DSL and cable modem technologies are available but are relatively expensive and thus take-up has been low thus far. Higher speed services are largely restricted to the major urban centres. Nevertheless, the demand for broadband is steadily increasing and there are been some investment in network upgrades to fibre-based infrastructure, though this is restricted to the main cities. Poor fixed-line connectivity has also inhibited the take-up of videostreaming services.

On the positive side, these factors have encouraged consumer take-up of mobile services, a sector where there is lively competition supported by international investment. As a result, mobile penetration is about 20% above the regional average. Revenue growth from the mobile sector looks promising in coming years as operators invest in their networks, expand their reach and upgrade their capabilities to accommodate mobile broadband services. Mobile data as a proportion of overall mobile revenue has increased steadily, though low-end SMS services will continue to account for the bulk of data revenue for some years.

Political developments during the last few years have not facilitated the much-needed reform of legislation governing the telecoms sector. Partly this is due to political stalemate and ineffective legislators, but underlying the difficulties are the close ties between executives at the incumbent Hondutel and key members of the government.

Market penetration rates in Honduras's telecoms sector 2016 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 5.2%

Fixed broadband | 2.1%

Mobile SIM (population) | 90%

(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Key developments:

Hondutel reports fall in net profit for Q1 2017;

Regulator preps for multi-spectrum auction aimed at attracting a fourth mobile player;

Claro and Tigo extend LTE services;

Universal Access program providing free internet services to 3,445 public schools;

Tigo Money mobile cash transfer service signs up more than one million users;

Tigo launches satellite service;

Spectrum auction encourages mobile broadband services take-up;

Tigo rebrands broadband and pay-TV business as Tigo Star';

Report update includes the regulator's market data to Q3 2016, telcos' operational data updates to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Hondutel, Comunitel, MultiData, Millicom (Tigo), Digicel, America Movil (Claro).

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

5.2 Privatisation


5.4 Foreign investment

5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.6 Telephony For All' program

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 Hondutel

6.2 Tele+ (Comunitel)

6.3 MultiData

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.2.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries

7.2.2 Submarine cable networks

7.2.3 Satellite networks

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

7.4 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

8. Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

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

8.3 Major ISPs and broadband players

8.4 Community Telecentres

9. Digital Media

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Cable TV

9.3 Satellite TV

9.4 Digital terrestrial TV

9.5 Communications: IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

10. Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.2.1 Mobile voice

10.2.2 Mobile data

10.2.3 Mobile broadband

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

10.3.2 Spectrum auctions

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.4.1 Digital networks

10.4.2 Third generation (3G) mobile

10.4.3 LTE

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.5.1 Tigo Honduras

10.5.2 Claro Honduras

10.5.3 Hondutel Movil

10.5.4 Digicel

10.6 Mobile applications

10.6.1 M-money

11. Related reports

Table 1 Country statistics Honduras 2016 (e)

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)

Table 4 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)

Table 5 National telecommunications authority

Table 6 Evolution of GDP in Honduras 2000-2015

Table 7 Telecom sector revenue 2000-2016

Table 8 Tax revenue from telecom services 2014 2016

Table 9 Fixed line terminating traffic 2001 2016

Table 10 Fixed line originating traffic 2014 2016

Table 11 Historic-Market share of fixed lines by operator 2003-2010

Table 12 Hondutel revenue 2011 2017

Table 13 Hondutel net profit 2005 2015; 2016-2017

Table 14 Telecom sector revenue 2011- 2014

Table 15 Historic-Fixed lines in service by operator 1996-2011

Table 16 Historic-Fixed lines in service 1996-2009

Table 17 Fixed lines in service by operator 2005-2018

Table 18 International bandwidth 2000-2015

Table 19 International bandwidth per user 2007-2015

Table 20 Internet household penetration 2010-2018

Table 21 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 1997-2009

Table 22 Internet users and penetration rate 2010-2018

Table 23 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2002-2018

Table 24 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010-2018

Table 25 Penetration of pay TV subscribers by regional country 2016

Table 26 Historic-Pay TV subscribers and penetration rates 2003-2010

Table 27 Cable TV revenue 2012-2015

Table 28 Cable TV subscribers by district 2015

Table 29 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 30 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018

Table 31 Mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2015- 2016

Table 32 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997-2016

Table 33 Blended mobile ARPU 2012- 2015

Table 34 Mobile voice traffic 2014-2016

Table 35 Mobile messaging traffic 2014-2016

Table 36 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010-2017

Table 37 Tigo mobile subscribers 2000-2017

Table 38 Tigo mobile revenue 2015-2017

Table 39 Historic-Claro mobile subscribers 2003-2008

Table 40 Tigo Money users 2014-2015

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service by operator 2005 2018

Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 2018

Chart 3 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2018

Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018

Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks connecting Honduras

Exhibit 2 Spectrum band allocations for LTE-2013

Exhibit 3 Spectrum auction awards October 2013

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