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Panama - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

April 2020 | 115 pages | ID: P7F451C64BA9EN
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Panama to gain more connectivity via the Curie submarine cable

Panama has seen a steady increase in revenue from the telecom sector in recent years, including a 2% increase in 2019, year-on-year. Mobile services and broadband remain the key sectors, a trend likely to continue during the next few years in response to operator investments in network upgrades.

Panama’s economic prospects remain promising, with GDP growth during the next few years expected to be above 5%. This growth has encouraged continued investment in the sector, which in 2019 accounted for more than 26% of revenue. Following a period of acquisition activity, the market is dominated a few key players, including Liberty Global’s local unit Cable & Wireless Panam? which provides effective competition to the other regional players Digicel and Claro. Other significant changes to the market include Millicom International having acquired the main cable TV provider Cable Onda for $1 billion at the end of 2018, and its acquisition in February 2019 of Telef?nica’s businesses in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua for $1.7 billion.

The mobile sector has flourished in recent years, with the arrival of Digicel Panam? in 2008 and of Am?rica M?vil in 2009 ending the duopoly long enjoyed by Cable & Wireless Panam? and Telef?nica’s Movistar. Legislation adopted in early 2018 allowed for market consolidation and the reduction of the market to three players, aimed at making more efficient use of available spectrum. Although the number of players remains the same, Tigo Panama has expanded into the fixed and mobile segment by acquiring Movistar.

Internet penetration has grown in recent years and is expected to do so steadily in coming years, partly through consumers responding to government fixed-line projects but principally through the popularity of mobile broadband connectivity.

Key developments
  • Curie cable linking to Panama makes progress;
  • Telef?nica Group sells its Panamanian unit to Millicom International;
  • Digicel Panama secures 700MHz spectrum licence, completes $100 million investment program, launches LTE services;
  • South America Pacific Link cable soon to be ready for service, connecting Panama to the Caribbean and Asian regions;
  • Deep Blue Cable suspends project to extend its pan-Caribbean regional submarine cable system to Panama;
  • Movistar, Claro and C&WP extend reach of LTE services;
  • C&WP trials G-fast technology with Huawei;
  • Broadband for Central America project to close digital divide by end-2020;
  • Report update includes the regulators market data to December 2019, operator data to Q4 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report

Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom, Digicel, Movistar
1 KEY STATISTICS

1.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
1.2 TMI versus GDP
1.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
1.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

2 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

3 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market analysis

4 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

4.1 Regulatory authorities
4.2 Fixed-line developments
4.3 Mobile network developments

5 MOBILE MARKET

5.1 Mobile statistics
5.2 Mobile infrastructure
5.3 Major mobile operators

6 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.4 G.fast
6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
6.6 WiMAX
6.7 Satellite broadband

7 DIGITAL ECONOMY

7.1 eHealth

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Cable & Wireless Panam?
8.3 Cable Onda/Telecarrier
8.4 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp)
8.5 Optynex Telecom
8.6 Movistar

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 National telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure
9.3 Infrastructure developments
9.4 Wholesale

10 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

11 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES, CHARTS AND EXHIBITS

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Panama 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of telecom market revenue and investment 2010 2019
Table 3 Development of telecom market revenue by sector 2010 - 2019
Table 4 Development of telecom market share by sector 2013 - 2019
Table 5 Change in the number of fixed number portings 2012 - 2017
Table 6 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2011 - 2017
Table 7 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 8 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2010 - 2019
Table 9 Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2010 - 2019
Table 10 Change in mobile outgoing traffic by type 2010 - 2019
Table 11 Change in average fixed and mobile voice traffic per subscriber 2015 - 2019
Table 12 Decline in SMS traffic 2007 - 2020
Table 13 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2025
Table 14 Growth in the number of LTE mobile subscribers 2017 2019
Table 15 Change in the number of C&W Panama's mobile subscribers 2010 2019
Table 16 Change in the number of C&WP's prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2018 2019
Table 17 Tigo Panama mobile subscribers 2018 2019
Table 18 Tigo Panama financial data 2018 2019
Table 19 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2010- 2019
Table 20 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 21 Change in fixed broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2019
Table 22 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2010 - 2019
Table 23 Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2019
Table 24 Growth in the number of C&WP's broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2019
Table 25 Change in the number of DSL subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2019
Table 26 Growth in the number of FttP subscribers - 2008 - 2019
Table 27 Change in the number of Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband subscribers 2008 - 2019
Table 28 Change in the number of C&W Panama's mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2009 - 2019
Table 29 Development of C&W Panama's mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue (old style) 2009 2017
Table 30 Development of C&W Panama's mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue (new style) 2017 2018
Table 31 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 32 Decline in fixed-line call traffic by type 2010 - 2019
Table 33 Change in average fixed voice traffic by type, per subscriber 2015 - 2019
Table 34 Decline in the number of public telephones 2010 - 2019
Table 35 Growth in international bandwidth 2008 - 2017
Table 36 Historic - Telecom market revenue 2000 - 2009
Table 37 Historic - Telecom market revenue by sector 2007 - 2009
Table 38 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2009
Table 39 Historic - Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 1998 - 2009
Table 40 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2007 - 2009
Table 41 Historic - Mobile outgoing traffic by type 2007 - 2009
Table 42 Historic - C&W Panama mobile subscribers 2005 2009
Table 43 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 44 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 1998 - 2009
Table 45 Historic - Broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2009
Table 46 Historic - Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable 2001 - 2009
Table 47 Historic - Fixed-line call traffic by type 2007 - 2009
Table 48 Historic - C&W Panama mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU 2007 2015
Table 49 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009
Table 50 Historic - Public telephones 1998 - 2009
Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers
Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards
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 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Development of telecom market revenue by sector 2010 - 2019
Chart 11 Development of telecom market revenue by sector 2010 - 2019
Chart 12 Development of telecom market share by sector 2013 - 2019
Chart 13 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 14 Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2010 - 2019
Chart 15 Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2010 - 2019
Chart 16 Change in mobile outgoing traffic by type 2010 - 2019
Chart 17 Change in average fixed and mobile voice traffic per subscriber 2015 - 2019
Chart 18 SMS traffic 2007 - 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2025
Chart 20 Change in the number of C&W Panama's mobile subscribers 2010 2019
Chart 21 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2010- 2019
Chart 22 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 23 Change in fixed broadband market share by technology 2000 - 2019
Chart 24 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2010 - 2019
Chart 25 Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2019
Chart 26 Change in the number of DSL subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2019
Chart 27 Change in the number of Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband subscribers 2008 - 2019
Chart 28 Change in the number of C&W Panama's mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers 2009 - 2019
Chart 29 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 30 Decline in fixed-line call traffic by type 2010 - 2019
Chart 31 Change in average fixed voice traffic by type, per subscriber 2015 - 2019
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 4 Major submarine cable networks serving Panama


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