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Venezuela's fixed-line teledensity was relatively high for the region before the steady growth in the number of lines came to an end in 2015. Since then the number of lines has plummeted, and by late 2018 teledensity had fallen to about 17%. The cause is largely linked to the country's ongoing economic troubles, which have compelled many people to terminate fixed-line telecom services and others still to flee the country. The financial concerns of customers have been exacerbated by the decrepit state of much of the fixed network, hampered by the difficulty to pay for equipment from foreign vendors. This has resulted in a poor quality of service in many areas of the country. These pressures have also distorted sector revenue, though and have placed into disarray operators' investment plans aimed at improving networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services.

The fixed broadband penetration rate is lower than the regional average, while data speeds are also relatively low. There is no effective competition in the provision of DSL, and as a result the state-owned incumbent CANTV has had little incentive to improve services from its meagre revenue streams.

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is also below the regional average. The number of mobile subscribers fell by almost 6% in the first half of 2018 as subscribers terminated services in a bid to reduce discretionary spending. The three MNOs Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel have also had to contend with widespread theft of equipment and with erratic electricity supply to their remaining base stations. Movistar has also been hit by currency restrictions and has depended on support from Telefonica Group to stay afloat. Nevertheless, it seems determined to remain in the market.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It also provides a range of statistics and market analyses. The report also reviews the fixed and wireless broadband markets, as well as the mobile market, including an assessment of key market statistics and general sector analyses on a very difficult competitive environment.

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:

Movilnet extends LTE population coverage to about half of the population;

Telefonica confirms intention to stay in Venezuela despite difficulties;

MNOs suffering from stolen or damaged infrastructure;

Movilnet reports having one million LTE subscribers by mid-2018;

Report update includes the regulators market data to June 2018, operator data updates to Q4 2018, 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:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom, CANTV, Inter, NetUno, SuperCable, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergia.

Henry LancasterMay 2019

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

2.1 Economic considerations and responses

2.2 Mobile devices

2.3 Subscribers

2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market analysis

3.2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Telecom Ministry

4.2 Conatel

5 Fixed network operators

5.1 Introduction

5.2 CANTV

5.3 Movistar (Telefonica)

5.4 Digitel

5.5 Inter

5.6 NetUno

6 Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

6.3 Wholesale

7 Broadband market

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview

7.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

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

7.5 Other fixed broadband services

8 Digital economy

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Regulatory issues

9.4 Mobile infrastructure

9.5 Major mobile operators

10 Glossary of abbreviations

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Venezuela 2018 (e)

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2011 2018

Table 3 Telecom revenues and investments 2001 2018

Table 4 Telecom revenue by sector 2008 2018

Table 5 Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001 2018

Table 6 CANTV Fixed lines in service and market share 1999 2015

Table 7 Movistar fixed lines in service 2004 2016

Table 8 Movistar Venezuela financial data () 2015 2017

Table 9 Movistar Venezuela financial data (Bs. F) 2014 2016

Table 10 Movistar Venezuela accesses by platform 2014 2016

Table 11 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 13 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2001 2018

Table 14 International internet bandwidth 2004- 2016

Table 15 Historic-Internet users and user penetration rate 1998 2009

Table 16 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 17 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 2018

Table 18 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2000 2019

Table 19 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2001 2016

Table 20 Historic-CANTV broadband subscribers 2000 2013

Table 21 Internet service revenue 2001 2018

Table 22 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 23 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 2016

Table 24 DSL broadband subscribers 2007 2016

Table 25 Fibre broadband subscribers 2014 2016

Table 26 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 27 Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 28 Mobile voice traffic 2001 2018

Table 29 Mobile sector revenue 2001 2018

Table 30 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 2018

Table 31 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2000 2018

Table 32 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2019

Table 33 SMS messages sent, annual change 2003 2019

Table 34 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2008 2019

Table 35 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Table 36 Mobile data traffic 2014 2018

Table 37 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 38 Mobile subscriber distribution by technology 2014 2017

Table 39 M2M connections 2014 2018

Table 40 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001-2018

Table 41 Historic-Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 2013

Table 42 Historic-Movistar mobile service revenue 2015 2017

Table 43 Historic-Movistar subscribers 2001 2016

Chart 1 Evolution of revenues and investments 2012 2018

Chart 2 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 5 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 6 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 8 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 9 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2019

Chart 12 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2019

Chart 13 Fixed broadband subscribers 2000 2019

Chart 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2005 2019

Chart 15 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2005 2018

Chart 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 17 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001-2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Venezuela

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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Venezuela's fixed-line teledensity was relatively high for the region before the steady growth in the number of lines came to an end in 2015. Since then the number of lines has plummeted, and by late 2018 teledensity had fallen to about 17%. The cause is largely linked to the country's ongoing economic troubles, which have compelled many people to terminate fixed-line telecom services and others still to flee the country. The financial concerns of customers have been exacerbated by the decrepit state of much of the fixed network, hampered by the difficulty to pay for equipment from foreign vendors. This has resulted in a poor quality of service in many areas of the country. These pressures have also distorted sector revenue, though and have placed into disarray operators' investment plans aimed at improving networks and expanding the reach and capabilities of new technologies and services.

The fixed broadband penetration rate is lower than the regional average, while data speeds are also relatively low. There is no effective competition in the provision of DSL, and as a result the state-owned incumbent CANTV has had little incentive to improve services from its meagre revenue streams.

Mobile penetration in Venezuela is also below the regional average. The number of mobile subscribers fell by almost 6% in the first half of 2018 as subscribers terminated services in a bid to reduce discretionary spending. The three MNOs Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel have also had to contend with widespread theft of equipment and with erratic electricity supply to their remaining base stations. Movistar has also been hit by currency restrictions and has depended on support from Telefonica Group to stay afloat. Nevertheless, it seems determined to remain in the market.

This report provides an overview of Venezuela's telecom infrastructure, market and regulatory environment, together with profiles of the major fixed-line operators. It also provides a range of statistics and market analyses. The report also reviews the fixed and wireless broadband markets, as well as the mobile market, including an assessment of key market statistics and general sector analyses on a very difficult competitive environment.

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:

Movilnet extends LTE population coverage to about half of the population;

Telefonica confirms intention to stay in Venezuela despite difficulties;

MNOs suffering from stolen or damaged infrastructure;

Movilnet reports having one million LTE subscribers by mid-2018;

Report update includes the regulators market data to June 2018, operator data updates to Q4 2018, 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:

Movilnet, Movistar, Digitel, MovilMax, Tesacom, CANTV, Inter, NetUno, SuperCable, Alodiga, Multiphone, Totalcom, Convergia.

Henry LancasterMay 2019

READ MORE

Scope

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

2.1 Economic considerations and responses

2.2 Mobile devices

2.3 Subscribers

2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market analysis

3.2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Telecom Ministry

4.2 Conatel

5 Fixed network operators

5.1 Introduction

5.2 CANTV

5.3 Movistar (Telefonica)

5.4 Digitel

5.5 Inter

5.6 NetUno

6 Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

6.3 Wholesale

7 Broadband market

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview

7.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

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

7.5 Other fixed broadband services

8 Digital economy

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Regulatory issues

9.4 Mobile infrastructure

9.5 Major mobile operators

10 Glossary of abbreviations

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Venezuela 2018 (e)

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Venezuela 2011 2018

Table 3 Telecom revenues and investments 2001 2018

Table 4 Telecom revenue by sector 2008 2018

Table 5 Telecom revenue as a percentage of GDP 2001 2018

Table 6 CANTV Fixed lines in service and market share 1999 2015

Table 7 Movistar fixed lines in service 2004 2016

Table 8 Movistar Venezuela financial data () 2015 2017

Table 9 Movistar Venezuela financial data (Bs. F) 2014 2016

Table 10 Movistar Venezuela accesses by platform 2014 2016

Table 11 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2019

Table 13 Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2001 2018

Table 14 International internet bandwidth 2004- 2016

Table 15 Historic-Internet users and user penetration rate 1998 2009

Table 16 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 17 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 2018

Table 18 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2000 2019

Table 19 Fixed broadband technologies market share 2001 2016

Table 20 Historic-CANTV broadband subscribers 2000 2013

Table 21 Internet service revenue 2001 2018

Table 22 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 23 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 2016

Table 24 DSL broadband subscribers 2007 2016

Table 25 Fibre broadband subscribers 2014 2016

Table 26 Historic Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 27 Active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Table 28 Mobile voice traffic 2001 2018

Table 29 Mobile sector revenue 2001 2018

Table 30 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1997 2018

Table 31 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2000 2018

Table 32 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 2019

Table 33 SMS messages sent, annual change 2003 2019

Table 34 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2008 2019

Table 35 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Table 36 Mobile data traffic 2014 2018

Table 37 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 38 Mobile subscriber distribution by technology 2014 2017

Table 39 M2M connections 2014 2018

Table 40 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001-2018

Table 41 Historic-Movilnet mobile subscribers 2001 2013

Table 42 Historic-Movistar mobile service revenue 2015 2017

Table 43 Historic-Movistar subscribers 2001 2016

Chart 1 Evolution of revenues and investments 2012 2018

Chart 2 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 5 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 6 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 8 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 9 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2019

Chart 12 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2019

Chart 13 Fixed broadband subscribers 2000 2019

Chart 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration at a glance 2005 2019

Chart 15 Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2005 2018

Chart 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 17 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2001-2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Venezuela

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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