DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 11, 2019--

Among the poorer countries in Latin America, Guatemala's telecom infrastructure has suffered from years of underinvestment from state and provincial governments. The poor state of fixed-line infrastructure has led to Guatemala having one of the lowest teledensities in the region. In many rural regions of the country there is no fixed-line access available, and so mobile services are adopted by necessity.

Network upgrades, in both the fixed-line and mobile sectors, have largely been undertaken by the private sector. Private investment has been supported by government and regulatory efforts, resulting in a steady growth in the number of fixed lines which in turn has supported growth in the fixed broadband segment. In the mobile sector operator investments in LTE infrastructure have stimulated the take-up of mobile data services.

Steady GDP growth should provide greater disposable household revenue and so stimulate demand for telecom and ICT services. This could be more marked if the country managed to free itself from its legacy of violence, poverty, and corruption, factors which continue to inhibit prospective investors.

Key players including Telefonica and America Movil are regional and global powerhouses which can tap into expertise and financial resources to bolster their Guatemalan businesses. In March 2019 Telefonica group sold its local unit to America Movil, a deal which would create are stronger provider of converged services if it gains regulatory approval.

Given the commercial impetus of operators, insufficient government financial investment has resulted in many regional areas remaining with poor or non-existent services. Nevertheless, the country benefits from one of the most open regulatory frameworks, with all telecom sectors having been open to competition since 1996.

America Movil controls about 83% of the fixed lines in service through its subsidiary Claro. Mobile telephony is the most developed telecom market sector in Guatemala, accounting for most voice lines and internet access lines. The intense competition among the three operators has helped to improve services and lower prices for end-users. Mobile penetration is on a par with the regional average, though the slower growth in the mobile subscriber base suggests a level of market saturation, with the emphasis among operators being on generating revenue via mobile data services.

Key Developments:

  • Telefonica Group sells its local unit to America Movil;
  • Regulator prepares for 1700MHz spectrum auction in mid-2019;
  • Movistar extends reach of its LTE-A services;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, operators' data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Historic overview

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

5.1.1 Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT)

5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.3 Privatisation of Guatel/Telgua

5.4 DR-CAFTA

5.5 Interconnection

5.6 Foreign investments

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 Claro/Telgua (America Movil)

6.2 Movistar (Telefonica)

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National fibre-backbone networks

7.1.1 Public payphones

7.2 International infrastructure

7.2.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries

7.2.2 Submarine cable networks

7.2.3 Satellite networks

8. Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.1.1 Market analysis

8.1.2 Broadband statistics

9. Mobile market

9.1 Market analysis

9.1.1 Mobile statistics

9.1.2 Mobile voice services

9.1.3 Mobile broadband

9.2 Regulatory issues

9.2.1 Spectrum auctions

9.3 Mobile infrastructure

9.3.1 Analogue networks

9.3.2 Digital networks

9.3.3 Other infrastructure developments

9.4 Major mobile operators

9.4.1 Tigo Guatemala

9.4.2 Claro (America Movil)

9.4.3 Movistar (Telefonica)

9.4.4 RED (Intelfon)

9.5 Mobile content and applications

9.5.1 M-payment

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/hf9map

Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager

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Related Topics:Telecommunications and Networks,Broadband,Mobile Networks

KEYWORD: CENTRAL AMERICA GUATEMALA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY INTERNET TELECOMMUNICATIONS MOBILE/WIRELESS

SOURCE: Research and Markets

Copyright Business Wire 2019.

PUB: 06/11/2019 12:07 PM/DISC: 06/11/2019 12:07 PM

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