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The state-owned incumbent, Corporacion 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 in recent years 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. Despite this the number of mobile subscriptions fell in recent years, partly due to economic constraints and partly due to price competition among operators which has made it less attractive to have SIM cards from different networks.

Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguay's telecom sector 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 broadband services, hampered growth in the sector and resulted in relatively low penetration. Available technologies include DSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the DSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. DSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity. There is a fast-growing fibre broadband market, though the number of subscribers remains small while network builds remain limited to certain pockets within the major cities.

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 Asuncion 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 Nucleo, America Movil'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.

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:

Telcos and government agencies agree to coordinate efforts to improve fibre connectivity;

Regulator raises USD 84 million from 700MHz auction; approves updated National Telecommunications Plan 2016-2020;

Tigo to invest USD 100 million to provide 66% population coverage with LTE by end-2020;

Paraguay joins the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;

Report update includes the regulators market data to for 2017, operator 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:

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

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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 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

4.4 TMI versus GDP

4.5 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

4.6 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Universal Service Fund

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Copaco

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.4 Wholesale

7.5 Data centres

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 WiMAX

8.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9 Digital economy

9.1 eHealth

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile data

10.4 Mobile broadband

10.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

10.6 Regulatory issues

10.7 Mobile infrastructure

10.8 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

10.9 Major mobile operators

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

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

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Paraguay 2013 2018

Table 3 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2009 2019

Table 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2019

Table 5 International bandwidth 2009- 2016

Table 6 Tigo broadband homes connected 2015-2019

Table 7 Internet users and user penetration 2010-2019

Table 8 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2010-2018

Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2006 2016

Table 10 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2010-2016

Table 11 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 12 Mobile and mobile internet coverage by technology 2017

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2019

Table 14 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2010 2016

Table 15 Mobile operators' market share 2002 2016

Table 16 SMS traffic 2012 2017

Table 17 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2010-2017

Table 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009-2019

Table 19 Forecast mobile broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 20 Mobile spectrum distribution

Table 21 Annual mobile numbers ported 2012 2016

Table 22 Operator devices in service by technology 2017

Table 23 Tigo mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2002 2017

Table 24 Tigo mobile subscribers (company data) 2016 2019

Table 25 Tigo revenue 2015 2019

Table 26 Personal-mobile ARPU and churn 2017-2019

Table 27 Personal-mobile subscribers 2009-2019

Table 28 Personal mobile revenue 2011-2019

Table 29 Claro mobile subscribers 2010-2017

Table 30 Vox mobile subscribers 2010-2017

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 2010 2019

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2015 2019

Chart 13 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2006 2016

Chart 14 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2010-2016

Chart 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019

Chart 16 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2010 2016

Chart 17 Mobile operators' market share 2002 2016

Chart 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009-2019

Chart 19 Tigo revenue 2015 2019

Exhibit 1 Map of Paraguay

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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The state-owned incumbent, Corporacion 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 in recent years 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. Despite this the number of mobile subscriptions fell in recent years, partly due to economic constraints and partly due to price competition among operators which has made it less attractive to have SIM cards from different networks.

Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguay's telecom sector 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 broadband services, hampered growth in the sector and resulted in relatively low penetration. Available technologies include DSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the DSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. DSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity. There is a fast-growing fibre broadband market, though the number of subscribers remains small while network builds remain limited to certain pockets within the major cities.

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 Asuncion 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 Nucleo, America Movil'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.

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:

Telcos and government agencies agree to coordinate efforts to improve fibre connectivity;

Regulator raises USD 84 million from 700MHz auction; approves updated National Telecommunications Plan 2016-2020;

Tigo to invest USD 100 million to provide 66% population coverage with LTE by end-2020;

Paraguay joins the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;

Report update includes the regulators market data to for 2017, operator 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:

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

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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 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

4.4 TMI versus GDP

4.5 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

4.6 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Universal Service Fund

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Copaco

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.4 Wholesale

7.5 Data centres

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 WiMAX

8.4 Forecasts fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9 Digital economy

9.1 eHealth

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile data

10.4 Mobile broadband

10.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

10.6 Regulatory issues

10.7 Mobile infrastructure

10.8 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

10.9 Major mobile operators

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

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

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Paraguay 2013 2018

Table 3 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2009 2019

Table 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2019

Table 5 International bandwidth 2009- 2016

Table 6 Tigo broadband homes connected 2015-2019

Table 7 Internet users and user penetration 2010-2019

Table 8 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2010-2018

Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2006 2016

Table 10 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2010-2016

Table 11 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 12 Mobile and mobile internet coverage by technology 2017

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2019

Table 14 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2010 2016

Table 15 Mobile operators' market share 2002 2016

Table 16 SMS traffic 2012 2017

Table 17 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2010-2017

Table 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009-2019

Table 19 Forecast mobile broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 20 Mobile spectrum distribution

Table 21 Annual mobile numbers ported 2012 2016

Table 22 Operator devices in service by technology 2017

Table 23 Tigo mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2002 2017

Table 24 Tigo mobile subscribers (company data) 2016 2019

Table 25 Tigo revenue 2015 2019

Table 26 Personal-mobile ARPU and churn 2017-2019

Table 27 Personal-mobile subscribers 2009-2019

Table 28 Personal mobile revenue 2011-2019

Table 29 Claro mobile subscribers 2010-2017

Table 30 Vox mobile subscribers 2010-2017

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 2010 2019

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration 2015 2019

Chart 13 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2006 2016

Chart 14 Fixed internet subscribers by access speed 2010-2016

Chart 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019

Chart 16 Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid 2010 2016

Chart 17 Mobile operators' market share 2002 2016

Chart 18 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009-2019

Chart 19 Tigo revenue 2015 2019

Exhibit 1 Map of Paraguay

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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