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Bolivias Entel planning to set up eight business divisionsAlthough Bolivia has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, GDP remains among the lowest in South America. Many areas of the country outside the main cities are poor and undeveloped, and there is a sizeable proportion of the population which live in remote valleys and areas where telecom infrastructure has been chronically neglected. As a result, the penetration of telecom services is low.
The structure of Bolivias fixed telecom market is different from most other countries. Local services are primarily provided by 15 telecom cooperatives. These are non-profit-making companies privately owned and controlled by their users. Since liberalisation, the cooperatives have also provided long-distance telephony, and several offer broadband and pay TV services. They have invested in network upgrades in a bid to improve services for customers, and to expand their footprints.
Bolivia has a multi-carrier system wherein consumers can choose a long-distance carrier for each call by dialling the carriers prefix. A number of operators have adopted VoIP, while others use fixed-wireless technologies, and some rent fibre-optic capacity.
State-owned Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) is the countrys incumbent long-distance operator. It also offers local telephony, DSL broadband access, and satellite pay TV services. Its subsidiary Entel Movil is Bolivias largest mobile company.
Bolivias fixed broadband services remain the slowest and the most expensive in Latin America, and are unavailable even in some of the major urban areas. Being a landlocked country, Bolivia has no direct access to submarine cable networks. It must therefore connect to the rest of the world either via satellite or through terrestrial links across neighbouring countries.
Since it was renationalised in 2007, Entel has focused on providing telecom services in rural areas under a project known as Territory with Total Coverage. This project aims to increase telecom coverage through mobile rather than through fixed networks.
Bolivia has more than ten times as many mobile phones as fixed lines, and the trend towards fixed-mobile substitution continues. Besides Entel, another two companies offer mobile telephony: Tigo, wholly owned by Luxembourg-based Millicom International, and NuevaTel, trading as Viva and controlled by US firm Trilogy International.
All three mobile companies offer 3G services. Due to the poor quality, high cost, and unavailability of DSL, 3G has become an attractive alternative in Bolivia. The number of mobile broadband and smartphone accounts has also escalated. Tigos launch of an LTE service in mid-2014 heralded the emergence of a new era in mobile broadband.
The launch of a new satellite in December 2013 heralds improved telecom services across Bolivia following the satellite coming online in April 2014, with additional capacity expected to be sold to other countries in the regions. Entel launched a new satellite TV service in May 2014 and by the end of 2015 it had signed up about 24,500 subscribers.
Four companies apply to manage the number portability facility;
Government extends free satellite service from housing association units to rural areas;
Bolivian Space Agency planning to launch a second telecom satellite after 2020;
Entel contracts Hughes Network to provide its Jupiter platform for a new broadband satellite service;
Central Bank of Bolivia reports 1,070percent increase in the number of mobile payment transactions in 2015;
Viva joins Entel and Tigo with LTE services;
MNP tender launched in March 2016;
Costas launches satellite TV service;
Tigo Bolivia capitalises on cable TV service with new bundled offering including mobile broadband based on its LTE network.
Under the Territory with Total Coverage project, Entel has expanded its mobile network and installed more than 1,500 base stations, reaching all of Bolivias 339 municipalities.
Entel reports a 4percent increase in revenue for 2015, year-on-year;
The state broadcasting network Bolivia TV has launched the countrys first digital terrestrial TV (DTT) services, initially in La Paz.
Entel contracts Gilat Satellite to provide equipment for tele-centres.
Ministry of Health invests B$139 million in telehealth services, with Entel to provide satellite, fibre and radio access connectivity covering 339 municipalities;
Entel launches DTH platform through the TUpac Katari satellite;
Report update includes the regulators market data to February 2016, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.Key telecom penetration by service - 2015 (e)
Key indicators by service:Penetration
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Total Coverage Project
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 ATT (previously Sittel)
5.3 Government policies
5.3.1 Privatisation of Entel
5.3.2 Renationalisation of Entel
5.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bolivia
5.4 Per-second billing
5.5 Telecommunications Law 2011
6. Fixed network operators
6.3.3 Cotas and Teledata
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Forecasts - fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
8.4 Government ICT plans
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.5.1 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 eHealth developments
10. Digital media
10.1 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.3 Mobile broadband
11.4 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
11.5 Regulatory issues
11.5.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.6 Mobile infrastructure
11.6.1 Third Generation (3G)
11.6.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11.7 Major mobile operators
11.7.1 Entel Movil
11.7.2 Tigo (Telecel)
11.7.3 Viva (NuevaTel)
11.7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.8 Mobile content and applications
12. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Bolivia - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 4 - Fixed broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Evolution of GDP in Bolivia - 2000 - 2015
Table 8 - Historic - Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines - 1996 - 2009
Table 9 - Fixed-line/mobile market share of lines - 2010 - 2015
Table 10 - Entel - revenue - 2001 - 2015
Table 11 - Entel - fixed lines in service and market share - 2000 - 2013
Table 12 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2009
Table 13 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2016
Table 14 - International bandwidth - 2000 - 2014
Table 15 - Historic - Fixed internet users and user penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
Table 16 - Fixed internet users and user penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 17 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2002 - 2015
Table 18 - Broadband market share by technology - 2002 - 2015
Table 19 - Fixed and mobile internet accesses - 2002 - 2015
Table 20 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 21 - Cable broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 22 - DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2016
Table 23 - Entel DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2013
Table 24 - Fibre broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 25 - Satellite broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
Table 26 - Satellite TV subscribers - 1996 - 2016
Table 27 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
Table 28 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 29 - Market share of mobile operators - 2001 - 2015
Table 30 - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 31 - Mobile internet connections by platform - 2014 - 2015
Table 32 - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 33 - Entel - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2013
Table 34 - Entel - 4G mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2013
Table 35 - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2016
Chart 1 - Entel - fixed lines in service and market share - 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2003 - 2016
Chart 3 - Fixed internet users and user penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Chart 4 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Map of Bolivia
Exhibit 2 - Entel Bolivia at a glance
Exhibit 3 - List of cooperatives
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