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Panama - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jul 2017

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 53 Pages

Panama’s additional cable connectivity to improve broadband from 2019 

Panama’s economic prospects remain promising, with GDP growth during the last few years being steady at between 5% and 6% annually. This growth has had a positive effect on the country’s telecom market, which has also grown steadily and attracted considerable investment from significant international operators including Telefónica, America Móvil and Liberty Global. Liberty Global in 2016 acquired Cable & Wireless Communications, which owns the incumbent telco Cable & Wireless Panama. The deal has enabled Liberty Global to combine CWP’s businesses in Panama and the Caribbean with its own operations in Chile and Puerto Rico. The merged operator provides improved bundled service offerings and has stimulated competition with the other regional players Digicel and Claro. 

Telecom revenue has broached $1 billion during the last few years, and continues to increase steadily, with mobile services and broadband being the fastest growing sectors. 

Panama’s fixed-line teledensity is well below average for the region, though it is rising steadily from a relatively low base, largely due to alternative operators making use of cable or fixed-wireless networks. 

Competition remains limited in the broadband sector, where the incumbent CWP has resisted unbundling its local network and as a result has secured a virtual monopoly in the delivery of DSL access. The only cross-platform competition is from cable modem and WiMAX services. 

The mobile sector has flourished in recent years, and the popularity of customers having multiple SIM cards has pushed mobile penetration rates above 174%, considerably higher than the regional average. The arrival of two new mobile players resulted in additional competition and steep price reductions which have shaken the market. Digicel Panamá launched operations in 2008, followed by América Móvil’s Claro unit in 2009. This ended the duopoly long enjoyed by Cable & Wireless Panamá and Telefónica’s Movistar. 

Internet penetration has grown in recent years and is expected to do so steadily further into 2017 as a result of consumer demand for services as well as the stimulus of the government’s Internet for All project. In 2010, Panama became one of the first countries in the world to offer free wireless broadband access nationwide. The National Internet Network project does not compete with private broadband providers, because its aim is digital inclusion and not the provision of broadband access. 

Table 1 – Market penetration rates in Panama’s telecom sector – 2016 (e) 

Service  Penetration  
Broadband  8.1%  
Fixed-line  15.9%%  
Mobile (SIM):  172.8%  

Key developments: 

  • South America Pacific Link cable to be ready for service by early 2019, connecting Panama to the Caribbean and Asian regions; 
  • Movistar, Claro and C&WP extend reach of LTE services; 
  • Regulators of Panama and Costa Rica assess technical aspects of digital dividend spectrum use; 
  • C&WP contracts Ericsson to develop VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling services; 
  • C&WP trials G-fast technology with Huawei; 
  • Mobile number portability encouraging competition in the mobile sector; 
  • Internet for All (RNI) project helping drive internet penetration; 
  • Panama in Phase 2 of the switch to digital broadcasting, with the process expected to be complete by September 2017; 
  • Broadband for Central America project aims to closing the digital divide by 2020. 
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, operator data to Q1 2017, recent market developments. 
  • Companies mentioned in this report: 
  • Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom 

Companies mentioned in this report: 
Cable and Wireless Panama, Cable Onda, Claro, Optynex Telecom 

 

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary 

2. Key statistics 

3. Country overview 

4. Telecommunications market 

4.1 Historical overview 
4.2 Market analysis 

5. Regulatory environment 
5.1 Regulatory authorities 
5.1.1 ASEP 
5.1.2 ACODECO 
5.2 Privatisation of INTEL 
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation 
5.4 Interconnect 
5.5 Number Portability (NP) 

6. Fixed network operators in Panama 
6.1 Overview 
6.2 Cable & Wireless Panamá 
6.3 Cable Onda/Telecarrier 
6.3.1 Advanced Communication Network (ACN) 
6.4 ClaroCOM (Galaxy Communications Corp) 
6.5 Optynex Telecom 
6.6 Movistar 

7. Telecommunications infrastructure 
7.1 National telecom network 
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics 
7.2 International infrastructure 
7.2.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries 
7.2.2 Submarine cable networks 
7.2.3 Satellite networks 
7.3 Infrastructure developments 
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL) 

8. Wholesale 

9. Broadband market 

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview 
9.1.1 Broadband statistics 
9.1.2 Red Nacional de Internet (RNI) 
9.2 Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2018; 2020; 2022 
9.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks 
9.4 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) 
9.5 G.fast 
9.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) 
9.7 WiMAX 

10. Digital economy 
10.1 eHealth 

11. Digital Media 
11.1 Introduction 
11.2 Cable TV 
11.2.1 Cable Onda 
11.2.2 +TV Digital (C&WP) 
11.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments 
11.4 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV) 
11.5 Bundling 
11.6 Videostreaming 
11.7 Communications: VoIP 

12. Mobile market 
12.1 Market analysis 
12.1.1 Mobile statistics 
12.1.2 Mobile data 
12.1.3 Mobile broadband 
12.2 Forecasts – mobile market 2018; 2020; 2022 
12.3 Regulatory issues 
12.3.1 Spectrum auction – 2008 
12.3.2 New licence concession – 2013 
12.3.3 Infrastructure sharing 
12.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP) 
12.4 Mobile infrastructure 
12.4.1 Overview 
12.4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS) 
12.4.3 HSPA+ 
12.4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE) 
12.4.5 Satellite broadband 
12.5 Major mobile operators 
12.5.1 +Móvil (C&WP) 
12.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica) 
12.5.3 Digicel Panamá 
12.5.4 Claro Panamá (América Móvil) 

13. Related reports 

 

List of Table

Table 1 – Market penetration rates in Panama’s telecom sector – 2016 (e)
Table 2 – Country statistics Panama – 2016 (e)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
Table 8 – Evolution of GDP in Panama – 2000 - 2017
Table 9 – Telecom market revenue – 2000 - 2016
Table 10 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2007 - 2016
Table 11 – Telecom market revenue share by sector – 2013 - 2016
Table 12 – Fixed number portings – 2012 - 2015
Table 13 – Fixed-line call traffic by type – 2007 - 2015
Table 14 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2010 - 2016
Table 15 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers – 2010 - 2017
Table 16 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU – 2007 – 2015
Table 17 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line revenue – 2009 – 2017
Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 – 2009
Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
Table 20 – Public telephones – 1998 - 2010
Table 21 – International bandwidth – 2008 - 2016
Table 22 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
Table 23 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
Table 24 – Dial-up/broadband market share – 1998 – 2012
Table 25 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2007 – 2013
Table 26 – Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 1998 - 2009
Table 27 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 - 2016
Table 28 – Broadband market share by technology – 2000 - 2015
Table 29 – Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable – 2001 - 2018
Table 30 – Forecast broadband growth –– 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 31 – Cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2018
Table 32 – C&WP – DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2017
Table 33 – DSL subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2018
Table 34 – FttP subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 35 – Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2015
Table 36 – Interactive TV subscribers – 2007 - 2015
Table 37 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
Table 38 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
Table 39 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1998 - 2016
Table 40 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2007 - 2016
Table 41 – Mobile outgoing traffic by type – 2007 - 2016
Table 42 – SMS traffic – 2007 - 2016
Table 43 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
Table 44 – Forecast mobile subscriber growth – 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 45 – Mobile number portings – 2011 - 2015
Table 46 – C&WP – mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2017

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2010 – 2016
Chart 2 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed-line subscribers – 2010 – 2017
Chart 3 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines ARPU – 2007 – 2015
Chart 4 – C&WP mobile, broadband and fixed lines revenue – 2009 – 2017
Chart 5 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002– 2018
Chart 6 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
Chart 7 – Broadband subscribers, DSL and cable – 2001 – 2018
Chart 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2018
Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable networks serving Panama
Exhibit 2 – Definitions of video streaming and IPTV
Exhibit 3 – BellSouth Panama/Telefónica Móviles Panamá – history

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