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

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Regulator planning key spectrum auction in December 2015

The state-owned incumbent, Corporación Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) retains a monopoly on all fixed-line voice services, including local telephony, international long distance telephony, and VoIP. In the mobile market, however, there has been competition since 1998. The internet market is also open to competition, and there are over a dozen ISPs offering services. Copaco lost its monopoly over the international backbone for internet connectivity in early 2009.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has been helped by the poor condition of much of the country's fixed-line infrastructure. Underinvestment in infrastructure by Copaco has meant that lift Paraguay's teledensity remains very low for the region. There is little expectation that the situation will be addressed effectively until the operator is restructured.

Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguay's telecommunications generally is the country's landlocked position, which makes it dependant on neighbouring nations for interconnection with submarine cable networks. This has driven up the price of telecom services, particularly broadband.

In light of these difficulties, Paraguay's fixed broadband market has also been hampered. The high cost of international access has contributed to low penetration though there has been rapid growth in recent years in América and other major urban centres. Available technologies include ADSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the ADSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. ADSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity.

Copaco's main competitor in the fixed broadband market is Millicom's Tigo, which offers broadband via cable modem under the brand name Tigo Hogar. The service is available in América and neighbouring towns over a Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) network. Tigo also provides broadband using WiMAX and FttP technologies.

There is effective competition in the mobile market, which is served by four operators: Tigo (the market leader), Telecom Argentina's Personal, América Móvil's Claro, and Copaco's Vox. These operators have capitalised on the opportunities created by poor fixed-line infrastructure and by consumer demand for mobile voice and data services. There are about 18 mobile phones in Paraguay for every fixed-line in service, the highest proportion in Latin America.

Table 1 Paraguay - Penetration of telecom services 2015 (e)

Sector | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 5.2%

Fixed-broadband | 2.6%

Mobile telephony | 108.6%

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

  • Auction of AWS spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands will encourage competition in the mobile market;
  • Satellite TV services drive growth in the number of pay TV subscribers;
  • Free WiFi networks to be set up in 50 town centres by end-2015, paid for by the Universal Service Fund (USF);
  • Paraguay aims to join the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;
  • Regulator prepares for auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2014, operator data to Q2 2015, recent market developments.

 

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Table Of Content

Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 Economic background

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Overview of Paraguay's telecom market

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 eHealth

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Background

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.2.1 Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel)

5.3 Number Portability

5.4 Universal Service Fund

5.5 Foreign investment

6. Fixed network operators in Paraguay

6.1 Copaco

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics

7.1.2 Forecasts fixed-line market 2013; 2015; 2020

7.1.3 Public payphones

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

7.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

8. Wholesale

9. Broadband access market

9.1 Overview

9.1.1 Broadband statistics

9.2 WiMAX

9.2.1 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2013; 2015; 2020

10. Convergence

11. Broadcasting

11.1 Pay TV

11.2 Digital terrestrial TV

11.3 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)

12. Mobile communications

12.1 Overview of Paraguay's mobile market

12.1.1 Mobile statistics

12.1.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

12.1.3 Forecasts mobile market 2013; 2015; 2020

12.2 Regulatory issues

12.2.1 Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions

12.3 Mobile technologies

12.3.1 Overview

12.3.2 Third generation (3G) mobile

12.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

12.3.4 Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz

12.4 Major mobile operators

12.4.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)

12.4.2 Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)

12.4.3 Claro (América Móvil)

12.4.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)

12.5 Mobile Messaging

12.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)

12.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)

12.6 Mobile broadband

12.7 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

12.8 Mobile satellite

13. Related reports


List Of Figure

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2015

Chart 2 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2015

Chart 3 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2005 2015

Chart 4 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2013

Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016

Chart 6 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 2014

Exhibit 1 Map of Paraguay


List Of Table

Table 1 Paraguay - Penetration of telecom services 2015 (e)

Table 2 Country statistics 2015 (e)

Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)

Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)

Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)

Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)

Table 7 National telecommunications authority

Table 8 Evolution of GDP in Paraguay 2000 - 2015

Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1998 - 2015

Table 10 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004

Table 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015

Table 12 Forecast fixed-line subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 13 Forecast fixed-line subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 14 International bandwidth 2005- 2014

Table 15 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1998 - 2004

Table 16 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2015

Table 17 Historic - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2000 - 2004

Table 18 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2005 - 2015

Table 19 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2009 2015

Table 20 Fixed broadband subscribers 2000 2015

Table 21 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2013

Table 22 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 23 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 24 Pay TV subscribers by platform 2010- 2014

Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004

Table 26 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016

Table 27 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 - 2014

Table 28 Mobile operators' market share 2002 - 2014

Table 29 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020

Table 30 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020

Table 31 Mobile spectrum distribution

Table 32 Tigo - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015

Table 33 Personal - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015

Table 34 Personal handset sales 2011 - 2013

Table 35 Personal ARPU 2010 - 2014

Table 36 Personal mobile revenue 2011 - 2015

Table 37 SMS traffic 2012 - 2014

Table 38 MMS traffic 2012 - 2014

Table 39 Mobile broadband penetration 2009 - 2014

Table 40 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2009 - 2013

Table 41 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015

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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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Copaco, Millicom (Tigo Paraguay), Vox, América Móvil (Claro Paraguay), Grupo Clarin, DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Argentina).

Regulator planning key spectrum auction in December 2015

The state-owned incumbent, Corporación Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) retains a monopoly on all fixed-line voice services, including local telephony, international long distance telephony, and VoIP. In the mobile market, however, there has been competition since 1998. The internet market is also open to competition, and there are over a dozen ISPs offering services. Copaco lost its monopoly over the international backbone for internet connectivity in early 2009.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has been helped by the poor condition of much of the country's fixed-line infrastructure. Underinvestment in infrastructure by Copaco has meant that lift Paraguay's teledensity remains very low for the region. There is little expectation that the situation will be addressed effectively until the operator is restructured.

Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguay's telecommunications generally is the country's landlocked position, which makes it dependant on neighbouring nations for interconnection with submarine cable networks. This has driven up the price of telecom services, particularly broadband.

In light of these difficulties, Paraguay's fixed broadband market has also been hampered. The high cost of international access has contributed to low penetration though there has been rapid growth in recent years in América and other major urban centres. Available technologies include ADSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the ADSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. ADSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity.

Copaco's main competitor in the fixed broadband market is Millicom's Tigo, which offers broadband via cable modem under the brand name Tigo Hogar. The service is available in América and neighbouring towns over a Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) network. Tigo also provides broadband using WiMAX and FttP technologies.

There is effective competition in the mobile market, which is served by four operators: Tigo (the market leader), Telecom Argentina's Personal, América Móvil's Claro, and Copaco's Vox. These operators have capitalised on the opportunities created by poor fixed-line infrastructure and by consumer demand for mobile voice and data services. There are about 18 mobile phones in Paraguay for every fixed-line in service, the highest proportion in Latin America.

Table 1 Paraguay - Penetration of telecom services 2015 (e)

Sector | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 5.2%

Fixed-broadband | 2.6%

Mobile telephony | 108.6%

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

  • Auction of AWS spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands will encourage competition in the mobile market;
  • Satellite TV services drive growth in the number of pay TV subscribers;
  • Free WiFi networks to be set up in 50 town centres by end-2015, paid for by the Universal Service Fund (USF);
  • Paraguay aims to join the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;
  • Regulator prepares for auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2014, operator data to Q2 2015, recent market developments.

 

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Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 Economic background

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Overview of Paraguay's telecom market

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 eHealth

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Background

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.2.1 Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel)

5.3 Number Portability

5.4 Universal Service Fund

5.5 Foreign investment

6. Fixed network operators in Paraguay

6.1 Copaco

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics

7.1.2 Forecasts fixed-line market 2013; 2015; 2020

7.1.3 Public payphones

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

7.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

8. Wholesale

9. Broadband access market

9.1 Overview

9.1.1 Broadband statistics

9.2 WiMAX

9.2.1 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2013; 2015; 2020

10. Convergence

11. Broadcasting

11.1 Pay TV

11.2 Digital terrestrial TV

11.3 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)

12. Mobile communications

12.1 Overview of Paraguay's mobile market

12.1.1 Mobile statistics

12.1.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

12.1.3 Forecasts mobile market 2013; 2015; 2020

12.2 Regulatory issues

12.2.1 Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions

12.3 Mobile technologies

12.3.1 Overview

12.3.2 Third generation (3G) mobile

12.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

12.3.4 Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz

12.4 Major mobile operators

12.4.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)

12.4.2 Personal (Núcleo/Telecom Argentina)

12.4.3 Claro (América Móvil)

12.4.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)

12.5 Mobile Messaging

12.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)

12.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)

12.6 Mobile broadband

12.7 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

12.8 Mobile satellite

13. Related reports


List Of Figure

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2015

Chart 2 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2015

Chart 3 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2005 2015

Chart 4 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2013

Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016

Chart 6 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 2014

Exhibit 1 Map of Paraguay


List Of Table

Table 1 Paraguay - Penetration of telecom services 2015 (e)

Table 2 Country statistics 2015 (e)

Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)

Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)

Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)

Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)

Table 7 National telecommunications authority

Table 8 Evolution of GDP in Paraguay 2000 - 2015

Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1998 - 2015

Table 10 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004

Table 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015

Table 12 Forecast fixed-line subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 13 Forecast fixed-line subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 14 International bandwidth 2005- 2014

Table 15 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1998 - 2004

Table 16 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2015

Table 17 Historic - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2000 - 2004

Table 18 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2005 - 2015

Table 19 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2009 2015

Table 20 Fixed broadband subscribers 2000 2015

Table 21 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2011 - 2013

Table 22 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 23 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020

Table 24 Pay TV subscribers by platform 2010- 2014

Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004

Table 26 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016

Table 27 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2011 - 2014

Table 28 Mobile operators' market share 2002 - 2014

Table 29 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020

Table 30 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020

Table 31 Mobile spectrum distribution

Table 32 Tigo - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015

Table 33 Personal - mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015

Table 34 Personal handset sales 2011 - 2013

Table 35 Personal ARPU 2010 - 2014

Table 36 Personal mobile revenue 2011 - 2015

Table 37 SMS traffic 2012 - 2014

Table 38 MMS traffic 2012 - 2014

Table 39 Mobile broadband penetration 2009 - 2014

Table 40 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2009 - 2013

Table 41 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015

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Products

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

Copaco, Millicom (Tigo Paraguay), Vox, América Móvil (Claro Paraguay), Grupo Clarin, DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Argentina).