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Although El Salvador is the smallest country in central America geographically, it has the fourth largest economy in the region. Economic potential is limited by the relatively small population, while the country's telecom sector has been restricted by poor infrastructure and unequal income distribution. There have been organisational delays which have retarded the development of telecom services, though during the last two years much progress has been evident, and indeed the telecom sector has been one of the more successful within the overall economy.

El Salvador's fixed-line teledensity is substantially lower than the Latin American and Caribbean average. There has been a significant drop in the number of fixed lines since 2010, particularly in 2017, largely due to the substitution for mobile-only alternatives. About 94% of all telephony lines in the country are on mobile networks.

Mobile penetration is remarkably high considering El Salvador's economic indicators, being about a third higher than average for Latin America and the Caribbean. The country was one of the last in the region to provide LTE services, mainly due to the inadequate provision of suitable spectrum. A long-delayed multi-spectrum auction, for which the regulator again launched a public consultation in March 2019, will allow the mobile network operators to improve the reach and quality of their service offerings.

El Salvador's telecom legislation is one of the more liberal in Latin America, encouraging competition in most areas and permitting foreign investment. However, there are no regulations which promote wholesale broadband, and thus in the DSL market leader Claro retains a virtual monopoly. The only effective cross-platform competition in the broadband market comes from the few cable operators. There has been some market consolidation in recent years, including Telemovil;s acquisition of the regional cable TV provider Caribena Cable. In May 2019 the competition authority began assessing the sale of Telefonica El Salvador to America Movil, which operates in the country under the Claro brand. Through this process of consolidation a few dominant multinational operators have managed to expand into almost all sectors through a process of convergence.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Regulator starts consultation of delayed AWS band auction;

Tigo sells tower portfolio on lease-back arrangement;

Telefonica Group sells its local unit to America Movil;

Government increases tax on some telecom services to 18%;

Central Reserve Bank finalises regulatory framework for mobile financial services; enabling a range of m-payment services via subsidiary companies set up by MNOs;

Mobile network operators provide near national mobile broadband coverage;

Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to December 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

America Movil (Claro), Millicent International (Tigo), Telefonica (Movistar), Red, GCA Telecom, Salnet, Amnet, Sky TV.

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

5.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

5.2 TMI versus GDP

5.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

5.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory authority

6.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.3 Privatisation of Antel

6.4 DR-CAFTA

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Claro (America Movil)

7.3 Movistar (Telefonica)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

8.3 Wholesale

9 Fixed-line broadband market

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Broadband statistics

9.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile data

10.4 Mobile broadband

10.5 Regulatory issues

10.6 Mobile infrastructure

10.7 Major mobile operators

10.8 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities El Salvador 2018

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in El Salvador 2000 2018

Table 3 Telecom revenue by sector 2013 2016

Table 4 Telecom revenue and investment (USD ) 2014 2016

Table 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018

Table 6 Historical-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 7 International bandwidth 2001 2016

Table 8 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 1996 2009

Table 9 Internet users and penetration rate 2010- 2018

Table 10 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2018

Table 11 Cable broadband subscribers 2014 2016

Table 12 Fibre and other broadband subscribers 2013 2016

Table 13 DSL subscribers 2003 2018

Table 14 Fixed broadband connections by access speed 2012 2016

Table 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018

Table 16 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 17 Prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2016

Table 18 Prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2008 2016

Table 19 SMS traffic 2013 2016

Table 20 MMS traffic 2013 2016

Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Table 22 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2013 2016

Table 23 Tigo mobile subscribers 1997 2019

Table 24 Tigo mobile financial data 2015 2019

Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 8 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018

Chart 11 Internet users and penetration rate 2005- 2018

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2018

Chart 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018

Chart 14 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Chart 15 Tigo mobile financial data 2015 2019

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 3 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Tigo/Telemovil company history

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Although El Salvador is the smallest country in central America geographically, it has the fourth largest economy in the region. Economic potential is limited by the relatively small population, while the country's telecom sector has been restricted by poor infrastructure and unequal income distribution. There have been organisational delays which have retarded the development of telecom services, though during the last two years much progress has been evident, and indeed the telecom sector has been one of the more successful within the overall economy.

El Salvador's fixed-line teledensity is substantially lower than the Latin American and Caribbean average. There has been a significant drop in the number of fixed lines since 2010, particularly in 2017, largely due to the substitution for mobile-only alternatives. About 94% of all telephony lines in the country are on mobile networks.

Mobile penetration is remarkably high considering El Salvador's economic indicators, being about a third higher than average for Latin America and the Caribbean. The country was one of the last in the region to provide LTE services, mainly due to the inadequate provision of suitable spectrum. A long-delayed multi-spectrum auction, for which the regulator again launched a public consultation in March 2019, will allow the mobile network operators to improve the reach and quality of their service offerings.

El Salvador's telecom legislation is one of the more liberal in Latin America, encouraging competition in most areas and permitting foreign investment. However, there are no regulations which promote wholesale broadband, and thus in the DSL market leader Claro retains a virtual monopoly. The only effective cross-platform competition in the broadband market comes from the few cable operators. There has been some market consolidation in recent years, including Telemovil;s acquisition of the regional cable TV provider Caribena Cable. In May 2019 the competition authority began assessing the sale of Telefonica El Salvador to America Movil, which operates in the country under the Claro brand. Through this process of consolidation a few dominant multinational operators have managed to expand into almost all sectors through a process of convergence.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Regulator starts consultation of delayed AWS band auction;

Tigo sells tower portfolio on lease-back arrangement;

Telefonica Group sells its local unit to America Movil;

Government increases tax on some telecom services to 18%;

Central Reserve Bank finalises regulatory framework for mobile financial services; enabling a range of m-payment services via subsidiary companies set up by MNOs;

Mobile network operators provide near national mobile broadband coverage;

Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to December 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

America Movil (Claro), Millicent International (Tigo), Telefonica (Movistar), Red, GCA Telecom, Salnet, Amnet, Sky TV.

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

5.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

5.2 TMI versus GDP

5.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

5.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory authority

6.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.3 Privatisation of Antel

6.4 DR-CAFTA

7 Fixed network operators

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Claro (America Movil)

7.3 Movistar (Telefonica)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

8.3 Wholesale

9 Fixed-line broadband market

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Broadband statistics

9.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile data

10.4 Mobile broadband

10.5 Regulatory issues

10.6 Mobile infrastructure

10.7 Major mobile operators

10.8 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities El Salvador 2018

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in El Salvador 2000 2018

Table 3 Telecom revenue by sector 2013 2016

Table 4 Telecom revenue and investment (USD ) 2014 2016

Table 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018

Table 6 Historical-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 2009

Table 7 International bandwidth 2001 2016

Table 8 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 1996 2009

Table 9 Internet users and penetration rate 2010- 2018

Table 10 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2018

Table 11 Cable broadband subscribers 2014 2016

Table 12 Fibre and other broadband subscribers 2013 2016

Table 13 DSL subscribers 2003 2018

Table 14 Fixed broadband connections by access speed 2012 2016

Table 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018

Table 16 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 17 Prepaid/postpaid ratio 2002 2016

Table 18 Prepaid/postpaid subscribers 2008 2016

Table 19 SMS traffic 2013 2016

Table 20 MMS traffic 2013 2016

Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Table 22 Mobile broadband subscribers by data rate 2013 2016

Table 23 Tigo mobile subscribers 1997 2019

Table 24 Tigo mobile financial data 2015 2019

Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 8 Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018

Chart 11 Internet users and penetration rate 2005- 2018

Chart 12 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2018

Chart 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018

Chart 14 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 2018

Chart 15 Tigo mobile financial data 2015 2019

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 3 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Tigo/Telemovil company history

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