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Puerto Rico: Gigabit Island Plan and LTE/LTE-A Expansion to Support Fixed Internet and Mobile Data Growth

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Puerto Rico: Gigabit Island Plan and LTE/LTE-A Expansion to Support Fixed Internet and Mobile Data Growth


"Puerto Rico: Gigabit Island Plan and LTE/LTE-A Expansion to Support Fixed Internet and Mobile Data Growth" a new Country Intelligence Report by GlobalData, provides an executive-level overview of the telecommunications market in Puerto Rico today, with detailed forecasts of key indicators up to 2021. Published annually, the report provides detailed analysis of the near-term opportunities, competitive dynamics and evolution of demand by service type and technology/platform across the fixed telephony, broadband, mobile and pay-TV sectors, as well as a review of key regulatory trends.

In 2016, Puerto Rico generated total telecom and pay-TV services revenue of $2.0bn (equivalent to 3.0% of nominal GDP), an increase of 0.2% since 2015, primarily due to growth in mobile data and fixed Internet. Puerto Rico is the ninth-largest market in the Latin American region, and the second largest within Central America and Caribbean, just behind Guatemala.

The Country Intelligence Report provides in-depth analysis of the following-

Regional context: telecom market size and trends in Puerto Rico compared with other countries in the region.

Economic, demographic and political context in Puerto Rico.

The regulatory environment and trends: a review of the regulatory setting and agenda for the next 18-24 months as well as relevant developments pertaining to spectrum licensing, national broadband plans, number portability and more.

A demand profile: analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of service revenue from the fixed telephony (including VoIP), broadband, mobile voice, mobile data and pay-TV markets.

Service evolution: a look at changes in the breakdown of overall revenue between the fixed/pay-TV and mobile sectors and between voice, data and video from 2016 to 2021.

The competitive landscape: an examination of key trends in competition and in the performance, revenue market shares and expected moves of service providers over the next 18-24 months.

In-depth sector analysis of fixed telephony, broadband, mobile voice, mobile data and pay-TV services: a quantitative analysis of service adoption trends by network technology and by operator, as well as of average revenue per line/subscription and service revenue through the end of the forecast period.

Main opportunities: this section details the near-term opportunities for operators, vendors and investors in Puerto Rico's telecommunications and pay-TV markets.


GlobalData expects overall service revenue to grow at a CAGR of 0.9% during 2016-2021. Growth will be driven by the data segment, in particular mobile data revenue, as a result of increasing adoption of LTE/LTE-A services and availability of data-centric packages. The fixed/mobile revenue split will be dominated by the mobile segment through 2016-2021, driven by rising mobile broadband adoption.

Competition in the Puerto Rican telecom market has intensified in recent years in the wake of several mergers and acquisitions. Going forward, competition is set to intensify further with the recently announced merger of Sprint's operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with Open Mobile in February 2017. The merged entity is expected to be a strong contender in the mobile market with enhanced network capacity and spectrum assets.

The broadband penetration in Puerto Rico is one of the highest in the region, just behind Uruguay and Argentina, owing to the island's high degree of urbanization as well as strong concentration of its population. The rise in investment by operators and the government to develop fixed infrastructure under the Gigabit Island Plan will support broadband growth in Puerto Rico.

Reasons to buy

This Country Intelligence Report offers a thorough, forward-looking analysis of Puerto Rico's telecommunications and pay-TV markets, service providers and key opportunities in a concise format to help executives build proactive and profitable growth strategies.

Accompanying GlobalData's Forecast products, the report examines the assumptions and drivers behind ongoing and upcoming trends in Puerto Rico's mobile communications, fixed telephony/VoIP, broadband and pay-TV markets, including the evolution of service provider market shares.

With more than 20 charts and tables, the report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality.

The report provides an easily digestible market assessment for decision-makers built around in-depth information gathered from local market players, which enables executives to quickly get up to speed with the current and emerging trends in Puerto Rico's telecommunications and pay-TV markets.

The broad perspective of the report coupled with comprehensive, actionable detail will help operators, equipment vendors and other telecom industry players succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in Puerto Rico.


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Table of Contents

Table of contents 3

Executive summary 4

Market and competitor overview

Regional context 6

Economic, demographic and political context 7

Regulatory environment 8

Demand profile 12

Service evolution 14

Competitive landscape 15

Major market players 16

Segment analysis

Mobile services 20

Fixed services 24

Pay-TV services 28

Identifying opportunities

Opportunities in the market 30

About the authors 31

Country Intelligence Report coverage 32

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