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

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Panama's telecom sector showing revenue revival

Panama has benefited from maintaining one of the region's highest GDP growth rates in recent years. The country's economic prospects remain promising despite a dip in GDP growth into 2015. Nevertheless, strong growth in recent years has had a positive knock-on effect on the country's telecom market, which has also grown steadily and attracted considerable investment. Telecom revenue has broached $1 billion, with mobile services and broadband being the fastest growing sectors.

Panama's fixed-line teledensity is well below average for the region, though it is rising steadily from a relatively low base, largely due to alternative operators making use of cable or fixed-wireless networks.

Competition remains limited in the broadband sector, where the incumbent Cable & Wireless Panamá has resisted unbundling its local network and as a result has secured a virtual monopoly in the delivery of DSL access. The only cross-platform competition is from cable modem and WiMAX services.

The mobile sector has flourished in recent years, and the popularity of having multiple SIM cards has pushed mobile penetration rates above 190%, considerably higher than the regional average. The arrival of two new mobile players at the beginning of 2009 resulted in additional competition and steep price reductions which have shaken the market. Digicel Panamá launched operations in 2008, followed by América Móvil's Claro in 2009. This ended the duopoly long enjoyed by Cable & Wireless Panamá and Telefónica's Movistar.

Internet penetration has grown in recent years and is expected to do so steadily into 2016 as a result of consumer demand for services as well as the stimulus of the government's Internet for All project. In 2010, Panama became one of the first countries in the world to offer free wireless broadband access nationwide. The National Internet Network project does not compete with private broadband providers, because its aim is digital inclusion and not the provision of broadband access.

Panama penetration by service 2015 (e)

Service | Penetration

Broadband | 9.0%

Fixed-line | 15.1%

Mobile (SIM): | 159%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

  • Movistar and C&WP launch LTE services;
  • Mobile number portability encouraging competition in the mobile sector;
  • The Internet for All (RNI) project helping drive internet penetration;
  • Panama in Phase 2 of the switch to digital broadcasting, with the process expected to be complete by September 2017;
  • Columbus signs on to manage the SAPL cable landing in Panama;
  • Regulator invests $12 million to distribute 400,000 STBs in a bid to encourage DTTV take-up;
  • Broadband for Central America project aims to closing the digital divide by 2020.
  • C&WP has launched its +TV Digital DTH platform, aiming to provide content to remote areas which cannot receive cable services.

 

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Table Of Content

Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Country overview

3.2 Overview of Panama's telecom market

3.3 Market analysis

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Regulatory authorities

4.1.1 ASEP

4.1.2 ACODECO

4.2 Privatisation of INTEL

4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

4.4 Interconnect

4.5 Consumer protection

4.6 Number Portability (NP)

4.7 Free Trade Agreement

5. Fixed network operators in Panama

5.1 Overview

5.2 Cable & Wireless Panamá

5.2.1 Cable & Wireless Panamá operational and financial statistics

5.3 Cable Onda/Telecarrier

5.3.1 Advanced Communication Network (ACN)

5.4 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp)

5.5 Optynex Telecom

5.6 Movistar

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 National telecom network

6.2 International network

6.2.1 Fixed-line statistics

6.3 Forecasts fixed-line market 2010; 2015; 2020

6.3.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth

6.3.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth

6.4 International infrastructure

6.4.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries

6.4.2 Submarine cable networks

6.4.3 Satellite networks

6.5 Infrastructure developments

6.5.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

6.5.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

7. Wholesale

8. Broadband market

8.1 Overview

8.1.1 eHealth

8.1.2 Broadband statistics

8.1.3 Broadband players

8.1.4 Red Nacional de Internet (RNI)

8.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2010; 2015; 2020

8.2.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth

8.2.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth

8.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

8.4 WiMAX

9. Digital Media

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Cable TV

9.2.1 Cable Onda

9.2.2 +TV Digital (C&WP)

9.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments

9.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)

9.5 Triple-play models

9.6 Video-streaming

9.7 IPTV (Broadband TV)

10. The mobile market

10.1 Overview of Panama's mobile market

10.1.1 Mobile statistics

10.2 Forecasts mobile market 2010; 2015; 2020

10.2.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth

10.2.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.3.1 Spectrum auction 2008

10.3.2 New licence concession 2013

10.3.3 Infrastructure sharing

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.4.1 Overview

10.4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS)

10.4.3 HSPA+

10.4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

10.4.5 Satellite broadband

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.5.1 +Móvil (C&WP)

10.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica)

10.5.3 Digicel Panamá

10.5.4 Claro Panamá (América Móvil)

11. Related reports


List Of Figure

Chart 1 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2010 2014

Chart 2 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015

Chart 3 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines revenue 2009 2015

Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2002 2015

Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration rate 2002 2015

Chart 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2015

Exhibit 1 Cable & Wireless Panamá at a glance

Exhibit 2 Telecarrier history

Exhibit 3 Telephone cable theft - history

Exhibit 4 Major submarine cable networks serving Panama

Exhibit 5 Definitions of video streaming and IPTV

Exhibit 6 BellSouth Panama/Telefónica Móviles Panamá history


List Of Table

Table 1 Country statistics Panama 2015 (e)

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Panama 2000 - 2015

Table 8 Telecom market revenue 2000 - 2016

Table 9 Telecom market revenue by sector 2007 - 2014

Table 10 Telecom market revenue share by sector 2013 - 2014

Table 11 Number of telecom concessions January 2015

Table 12 Fixed-line call traffic by type 2007 - 2015

Table 13 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2010 - 2014

Table 14 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015

Table 15 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue 2009 2015

Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2004

Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2004 2015

Table 18 Public telephones 1998 - 2010

Table 19 Forecast fixed-line growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 20 Forecast fixed-line growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 21 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1997 - 2004

Table 22 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 23 Dial-up/broadband market share 1998 2013

Table 24 Dial-up internet subscribers 2007 2015

Table 25 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 1998 - 2004

Table 26 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2015

Table 27 Broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2014

Table 28 Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable 2001 - 2015

Table 29 Forecast broadband growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 30 Forecast broadband growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 31 C&WP DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2015

Table 32 WiFi and WiMAX broadband subscribers 2008 - 2015

Table 33 Interactive TV subscribers 2007 - 2015

Table 34 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2004

Table 35 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 36 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1998 - 2015

Table 37 3G/HSPA subscribers 2008 - 2016

Table 38 Mobile traffic by type 1998 - 2004

Table 39 Mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015

Table 40 Forecast mobile subscriber growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 41 Forecast mobile subscriber growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 42 C&WP mobile subscribers 2005 2014

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Fixed-line, Broadband, Mobile Broadband, Fiber to the home, Telecommunications infrastructure, Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), Long-term Evolution (LTE), Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE), Mobile TV, Fixed Line Subscribers, MVNO, Number Portability, High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA), Mobile content and applications, Broadband access, Regulatory Authority, Mobile infrastructure, Satellite mobile, Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi), Satellite Broadband, VOIP, Video Streaming


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Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom

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Panama's telecom sector showing revenue revival

Panama has benefited from maintaining one of the region's highest GDP growth rates in recent years. The country's economic prospects remain promising despite a dip in GDP growth into 2015. Nevertheless, strong growth in recent years has had a positive knock-on effect on the country's telecom market, which has also grown steadily and attracted considerable investment. Telecom revenue has broached $1 billion, with mobile services and broadband being the fastest growing sectors.

Panama's fixed-line teledensity is well below average for the region, though it is rising steadily from a relatively low base, largely due to alternative operators making use of cable or fixed-wireless networks.

Competition remains limited in the broadband sector, where the incumbent Cable & Wireless Panamá has resisted unbundling its local network and as a result has secured a virtual monopoly in the delivery of DSL access. The only cross-platform competition is from cable modem and WiMAX services.

The mobile sector has flourished in recent years, and the popularity of having multiple SIM cards has pushed mobile penetration rates above 190%, considerably higher than the regional average. The arrival of two new mobile players at the beginning of 2009 resulted in additional competition and steep price reductions which have shaken the market. Digicel Panamá launched operations in 2008, followed by América Móvil's Claro in 2009. This ended the duopoly long enjoyed by Cable & Wireless Panamá and Telefónica's Movistar.

Internet penetration has grown in recent years and is expected to do so steadily into 2016 as a result of consumer demand for services as well as the stimulus of the government's Internet for All project. In 2010, Panama became one of the first countries in the world to offer free wireless broadband access nationwide. The National Internet Network project does not compete with private broadband providers, because its aim is digital inclusion and not the provision of broadband access.

Panama penetration by service 2015 (e)

Service | Penetration

Broadband | 9.0%

Fixed-line | 15.1%

Mobile (SIM): | 159%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

  • Movistar and C&WP launch LTE services;
  • Mobile number portability encouraging competition in the mobile sector;
  • The Internet for All (RNI) project helping drive internet penetration;
  • Panama in Phase 2 of the switch to digital broadcasting, with the process expected to be complete by September 2017;
  • Columbus signs on to manage the SAPL cable landing in Panama;
  • Regulator invests $12 million to distribute 400,000 STBs in a bid to encourage DTTV take-up;
  • Broadband for Central America project aims to closing the digital divide by 2020.
  • C&WP has launched its +TV Digital DTH platform, aiming to provide content to remote areas which cannot receive cable services.

 

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Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Country overview

3.2 Overview of Panama's telecom market

3.3 Market analysis

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Regulatory authorities

4.1.1 ASEP

4.1.2 ACODECO

4.2 Privatisation of INTEL

4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

4.4 Interconnect

4.5 Consumer protection

4.6 Number Portability (NP)

4.7 Free Trade Agreement

5. Fixed network operators in Panama

5.1 Overview

5.2 Cable & Wireless Panamá

5.2.1 Cable & Wireless Panamá operational and financial statistics

5.3 Cable Onda/Telecarrier

5.3.1 Advanced Communication Network (ACN)

5.4 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp)

5.5 Optynex Telecom

5.6 Movistar

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 National telecom network

6.2 International network

6.2.1 Fixed-line statistics

6.3 Forecasts fixed-line market 2010; 2015; 2020

6.3.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth

6.3.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth

6.4 International infrastructure

6.4.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries

6.4.2 Submarine cable networks

6.4.3 Satellite networks

6.5 Infrastructure developments

6.5.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

6.5.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

7. Wholesale

8. Broadband market

8.1 Overview

8.1.1 eHealth

8.1.2 Broadband statistics

8.1.3 Broadband players

8.1.4 Red Nacional de Internet (RNI)

8.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2010; 2015; 2020

8.2.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth

8.2.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth

8.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

8.4 WiMAX

9. Digital Media

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Cable TV

9.2.1 Cable Onda

9.2.2 +TV Digital (C&WP)

9.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments

9.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)

9.5 Triple-play models

9.6 Video-streaming

9.7 IPTV (Broadband TV)

10. The mobile market

10.1 Overview of Panama's mobile market

10.1.1 Mobile statistics

10.2 Forecasts mobile market 2010; 2015; 2020

10.2.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth

10.2.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.3.1 Spectrum auction 2008

10.3.2 New licence concession 2013

10.3.3 Infrastructure sharing

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.4.1 Overview

10.4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS)

10.4.3 HSPA+

10.4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

10.4.5 Satellite broadband

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.5.1 +Móvil (C&WP)

10.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica)

10.5.3 Digicel Panamá

10.5.4 Claro Panamá (América Móvil)

11. Related reports


List Of Figure

Chart 1 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2010 2014

Chart 2 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015

Chart 3 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines revenue 2009 2015

Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2002 2015

Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration rate 2002 2015

Chart 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2015

Exhibit 1 Cable & Wireless Panamá at a glance

Exhibit 2 Telecarrier history

Exhibit 3 Telephone cable theft - history

Exhibit 4 Major submarine cable networks serving Panama

Exhibit 5 Definitions of video streaming and IPTV

Exhibit 6 BellSouth Panama/Telefónica Móviles Panamá history


List Of Table

Table 1 Country statistics Panama 2015 (e)

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Panama 2000 - 2015

Table 8 Telecom market revenue 2000 - 2016

Table 9 Telecom market revenue by sector 2007 - 2014

Table 10 Telecom market revenue share by sector 2013 - 2014

Table 11 Number of telecom concessions January 2015

Table 12 Fixed-line call traffic by type 2007 - 2015

Table 13 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2010 - 2014

Table 14 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015

Table 15 C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue 2009 2015

Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2004

Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2004 2015

Table 18 Public telephones 1998 - 2010

Table 19 Forecast fixed-line growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 20 Forecast fixed-line growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 21 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1997 - 2004

Table 22 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 23 Dial-up/broadband market share 1998 2013

Table 24 Dial-up internet subscribers 2007 2015

Table 25 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 1998 - 2004

Table 26 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2015

Table 27 Broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2014

Table 28 Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable 2001 - 2015

Table 29 Forecast broadband growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 30 Forecast broadband growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 31 C&WP DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2015

Table 32 WiFi and WiMAX broadband subscribers 2008 - 2015

Table 33 Interactive TV subscribers 2007 - 2015

Table 34 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2004

Table 35 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 36 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1998 - 2015

Table 37 3G/HSPA subscribers 2008 - 2016

Table 38 Mobile traffic by type 1998 - 2004

Table 39 Mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015

Table 40 Forecast mobile subscriber growth higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 41 Forecast mobile subscriber growth lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 42 C&WP mobile subscribers 2005 2014

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Fixed-line, Broadband, Mobile Broadband, Fiber to the home, Telecommunications infrastructure, Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), Long-term Evolution (LTE), Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE), Mobile TV, Fixed Line Subscribers, MVNO, Number Portability, High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA), Mobile content and applications, Broadband access, Regulatory Authority, Mobile infrastructure, Satellite mobile, Fixed wireless (WiMAX, WiBro, Wi-Fi), Satellite Broadband, VOIP, Video Streaming


Companies

Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom