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Paraguays regulator approves the National Telecommunications Plan 2016-2020The state-owned incumbent, CorporaciOn Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) retains a monopoly on all fixed-line voice services, including local telephony, international long distance telephony, and VoIP. In the mobile market, however, there has been competition since 1998. The internet market is also open to competition, and there are over a dozen ISPs offering services. Copaco lost its monopoly over the international backbone for internet connectivity in early 2009.
Growth in the number of mobile subscribers has been helped by the poor condition of much of the countrys fixed-line infrastructure. Underinvestment in infrastructure by Copaco has meant that lift Paraguays teledensity remains very low for the region. There is little expectation that the situation will be addressed effectively until the operator is restructured.
Another major drawback for Copaco and for Paraguays telecommunications generally is the countrys landlocked position, which makes it dependant on neighbouring nations for interconnection with submarine cable networks. This has driven up the price of telecom services, particularly broadband.
In light of these difficulties, Paraguays fixed broadband market has also been hampered. The high cost of international access has contributed to low penetration though there has been rapid growth in recent years in AsunciOn and other major urban centres. Available technologies include ADSL, cable modem, FttP, and WiMAX. Copaco has a near-monopoly in the ADSL market, given that there is little regulatory provision for unbundled local loops and other access mechanisms. ADSL is the main fixed broadband technology, but it is unavailable in much of the country due to low teledensity.
Copacos main competitor in the fixed broadband market is Millicoms Tigo, which offers broadband via cable modem under the brand name Tigo Hogar. The service is available in AsunciOn and neighbouring towns over a Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) network. Tigo also provides broadband using WiMAX and FttP technologies.
There is effective competition in the mobile market, which is served by four operators: Tigo (the market leader), Telecom Argentinas Personal, AmErica MOvils Claro, and Copacos Vox. These operators have capitalised on the opportunities created by poor fixed-line infrastructure and by consumer demand for mobile voice and data services. There are about 18 mobile phones in Paraguay for every fixed-line in service, the highest proportion in Latin America.
Table 1 - Market penetration rates in Paraguays telecoms sector - 2015 (e)
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Completed auction of AWS spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands enable Claro and Tigo to expand LTE services;
Regulator approves updated National Telecommunications Plan 2016 - 2020;
Tigo to invest $100 million to provide 66percent population coverage with LTE by end-2020.
Satellite TV services drive growth in the number of pay TV subscribers;
Free Wi-Fi networks set up in 50 town centres, paid for by the Universal Service Fund (USF);
Paraguay joins the South American fibre ring project developed by the Union of South American Nations;
Regulator prepares for auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band;
Report update includes the regulators market data to June 2015, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.Companies mentioned in this report:
Copaco, Millicom (Tigo Paraguay), Vox, AmErica MOvil (Claro Paraguay), Grupo Clarin, DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Argentina).
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Number Portability
5.4 Universal Service Fund
5.5 Foreign investment
6. Fixed network operators
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.1.2 Public payphones
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
9. Data centres
10. Fixed-line broadband market
10.1 Introduction and statistical overview
10.2 Broadband statistics
10.4 Forecasts - fixed broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
11. Digital economy
12. Digital Media
12.2 Pay TV
12.3 Digital terrestrial TV
12.4 Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
13. Mobile market
13.1 Market analysis
13.2 Mobile statistics
13.3 Mobile data
13.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
13.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
13.4 Mobile broadband
13.5 Forecasts - mobile market - 2016; 2085; 2021
13.6 Regulatory issues
13.6.1 Spectrum allocations and spectrum auctions
13.6.2 Spectrum auction - 1700MHz and 2100MHz
13.6.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
13.7 Mobile infrastructure
13.7.1 Digital networks
13.7.2 Other infrastructure developments
13.8 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
13.9 Major mobile operators
13.9.1 Tigo (Millicom International Cellular)
13.9.2 Personal (NUcleo/Telecom Argentina)
13.9.3 Claro (AmErica MOvil)
13.9.4 Vox (Hola Paraguay/Copaco)
14. Related reports
Table 1 - Market penetration rates in Paraguays telecoms sector - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Country statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 7 - National telecommunications authority
Table 8 - Evolution of GDP in Paraguay - 2000 - 2015
Table 9 - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers- 1998 - 2015
Table 10 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2015
Table 12 - International bandwidth - 2005- 2015
Table 13 - Historic - Internet users and user penetration - 1998 - 2009
Table 14 - Internet users and user penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 15 - Historic - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2000 - 2009
Table 16 - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2010 - 2016
Table 17 - Cable and DSL broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2016
Table 18 - Fixed internet subscribers by access speed - 2011 - 2015
Table 19 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 20 - Pay TV subscribers by platform - 2010- 2015
Table 21 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
Table 22 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 23 - Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid - 2011 - 2015
Table 24 - Mobile operators market share - 2002 - 2015
Table 25 - SMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
Table 26 - MMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
Table 27 - Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate - 2009 - 2015
Table 28 - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
Table 29 - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2018; 2022
Table 30 - Mobile spectrum distribution
Table 31 - Tigo - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2016
Table 32 - Personal - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
Table 33 - Personal ARPU - 2010 - 2015
Table 34 - Personal mobile revenue - 2011 - 2015
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 - Internet users and user penetration - 2005 - 2016
Chart 3 - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Chart 4 - Fixed internet subscribers by access speed - 2011 - 2015
Chart 5 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Chart 6 - Mobile subscribers: contract and prepaid - 2011 - 2015
Exhibit 1 - Map of Paraguay
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