Broadband subscriber penetration in Peru is considerably lower than the Latin American average, despite the government efforts to encourage the development of the sector. The shortcoming in broadband penetration is partly due to barriers such as poverty, limited levels of literacy among some demographics, low computer penetration, and rugged topography which has made the extension of fixed-line infrastructure in some areas difficult. Perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of market competition, which has made broadband services in Peru among the slowest and most expensive in the region.
Many of these difficulties are being addressed, and strong broadband growth is anticipated in coming years. Much of this progress will feed off the government’s national broadband plan, which aims to provide internet connectivity via a fibre-optic backbone to the more remote regions of Peru. A number of contracts were signed during 2015 and 2016 for some affected regions, and by the end of 2017 eight large-scale fibre networks will be connected to the national network. This work has been a significant undertaking, requiring substantial funds to implement. In addition, the expanding LTE networks are providing mobile broadband to an increasing number of rural communities, particularly following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHhz band in 2016, as well as providing improved connectivity in urban areas.
This report provides an overview of Peru’s broadband market, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and subscriber forecasts.
Movistar and Google extend balloon-based broadband delivery trials; government to fund more regional broadband projects by end-2017; Olo launches an LTE service intended as a replacement for its WiMAX offering, Movistar to deploy converged DOCSIS3.1 and FttP network; government contracts two operators in initial stage of national broadband project; Direct TV enters broadband market via its LTE network; report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.
Telefónica del Perú (Movistar), América Móvil Perú (Claro), Nextel Perú, Americatel Perú, Terra Perú, EMax, Olo del Perú (Olo), VelaTel/Perusat, Star Global Com, Best Cable Peru, DirecTV.
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Last updated 1 Nov 2017
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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