Colombia: Government Broadband Plan Generates Opportunities for Operators

24 Aug 2011 • by Natalie Aster

Colombia's national broadband plan and smartphone adoption will provide a platform for data growth through 2016, according to the “Colombia Intelligence Report” by Pyramid Research. The report offers a precise profile of the country's telecommunications, media and technology sectors based on proprietary data from Pyramid's research in the market. It provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies.

"More spectrum availability, intense handset vendor competition and decreasing smartphone prices have fueled mobile content consumption and wireless broadband connectivity in Colombia," says Pyramid Research Analyst Juliana Gomez. The Colombian government, through the "Plan Vive Digital," has set a very ambitious agenda to increase broadband access and usage in the country, by putting special emphasis on the availability of infrastructure for broadband coverage.

With the government setting the right conditions to achieve its goal of quadrupling the number of Internet connections in the country to 8.8 million, including mobile Internet, Pyramid expects connectivity to become one of the most dynamic contributors to total mobile revenue growth in the coming years. "Pyramid projects that mobile broadband and infotainment services together will represent 50% of total data revenue in 2016," Gomez indicates.

Report Details:

Colombia Intelligence Report

Published: February 2010
Pages: 25
Price: US$ 990.00

The Colombian telecom market generated $7.3bn in 2010, and we estimate it is going to be worth $7.7bn in 2011, a 7% increase as a consequence of the economic recovery and the increase in data services. We expect the market to maintain growth levels at around 3% annually in the following five years. The fastest growing segments will be mobile data, fixed VoIP and broadband Internet. Mobile voice, although sharply slowing down, will remain the main source of revenue, and mobile data will continue growing to become the second source of revenue in 2016. Increasing competition and a very ambitious governmental broadband plan will drive the adoption of broadband access. On the other hand, we expect dial-up Internet service revenue to decline and become very small compared with the scale of the data market. Traditional fixed circuit-switched service revenue will also decline to account for 15% of total market revenue in 2011, from 19% in 2010.

More information can be found in the report “Colombia Intelligence Report” by Pyramid Research.

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