Menu

M2M FEATURE NEWS

Uruguay, Costa Rica and Argentina lead the Latin American Telecoms Market

By Ken Briodagh July 12, 2018

BuddeComm recently launched an exclusive Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) that analyzes the broadband, mobile and fixed Line markets of a country as well as a range of economic parameters to rank it on a scale of 1 to 100 and compare it to its region. The Latin America TMI is now available and reveals the market leaders, the challengers and the developing ones.

Market leaders: Uruguay is the top-ranking country in Latin America with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 63, followed by Costa Rica (55), Argentina (52) and Brazil (50).

Uruguay is one of the very few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market is neither privatised nor liberalised. Antel, the state-owned incumbent, has a monopoly in the provision of local telephony and fixed broadband services. Other segments of the telecom market have been opened to competition, including international long-distance telephony, mobile telephony, and fixed-wireless broadband. Uruguay has the second highest fixed-line teledensity in Latin America after Costa Rica, and the second highest mobile penetration after Panama. Uruguay is also one of the regional leaders in other key indicators, such as computers per household and internet access.

Market challengers: The top two market challengers are Mexico with a score of 40 and Peru (33)

Despite liberalization efforts, Mexico’s telecoms market has remained highly concentrated. The fixed line sector is dominated by the previously government-owned incumbent, Teléfonos de Mexico (Telmex), while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, which Telmex spun off in 2001. The market share held by these operators is declining as telecoms reform measures take root.

Developing markets: The top two developing markets are Paraguay (21) and El Salvador (20).

Paraguay has considerable potential for telecom market growth, given that the country has the third lowest fixed-line teledensity in South America and the Caribbean, with the seventh lowest GDP per capita.

In general terms, most countries in Latin America have poor fixed-line infrastructure being generally lower than in Europe but above those found in Africa and parts of Asia.  Although it can be sufficiently effective in the major cities, in many semi-urban and rural areas it is woefully inadequate. This state of play has helped the development of mobile voice and broadband services.

With regards to 5G the principal operators are unlikely to introduce services until 2021 or 2022. Countries in the region have generally been a step behind the US and key European markets in adopting new mobile technologies.

The Latin America market report showcases the TMI for all Latin American countries providing a unique perspective on the region.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Editorial Director

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Zephyr Project Announces New Member, New Release, New Developer Board

By: Arti Loftus    10/10/2019

Zephyr this week announced several milestones. The project aims to build a secure and flexible real-time operating system (RTOS) for the IoT.

Read More

Verizon and NEC Turn Fiber Into A New Information Superhighway

By: Juhi Fadia    10/9/2019

While we continue to wait for autonomous cars and "operating systems" on the city streets of the future, Verizon and NEC have partnered to create solu…

Read More

Easy Breezy: IoT Guarding Lung Health

By: Special Guest    10/4/2019

Medical IoT backed by enterprise mobile application development is an actively researched field where professionals are working to create the tools fo…

Read More

Adesto Collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate IoT Solutions

By: Ken Briodagh    10/4/2019

Adesto Technologies Corporation, a provider of application-specific semiconductors and systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced it…

Read More

IBM Adds Automation Capabilities to Watson Studio for Data Scientists

By: Chrissie Cluney    10/3/2019

IBM recently released its AutoAI, which is a new set of capabilities for its Watson Studio.

Read More