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Research and Markets: Guatemala - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - 2012


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Guatemala - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband" report to their offering.

Continuing GDP Growth Promising Telecom Sector Recovery:

The global economic downturn has reduced spending power in both the residential and corporate markets, leading to a slowdown in Guatemala's telecom sector. The fixed-line market shrank for the first time in 2009, a trend which has continued since. The broadband market has continued to grow but at a slower rate while the mobile telephony market showed remarkable growth in 2011, largely stimulated by consumers finding an workable alternative to fixed-line communications. Indeed, poor infrastructure has led to the country having one of the lowest fixed-line teledensities in the region. As a result, broadband availability is limited. This has been exacerbated by very low GDP per capita, which has stymied consumer take-up of services where available, as also the popular use of computers. The outlook for 2011 and 2012 is characteristic of former years, with the fixed-line market likely to stagnate while the fixed broadband and mobile sectors develop steadily.

Key Highlights:

  • Telephony services range from the modern network in the city of Guatemala to non-existent infrastructure in many rural areas. As a result, teledensity remains low. Without regulator stimuli these commercially unviable areas are likely to continue depending on mobile telephony services in coming years.
  • The deregulated VoIP sector has resulted in wide-scale use of the service, further undermining fixed-line telephony revenue.
  • The wireless market has showed strong growth in recent years, with the number of subscribers increasing by some 550% between 2004 and 2011.
  • Due to the deficiencies of the fixed-line infrastructure, WiMAX and mobile broadband have become important alternatives to meet Guatemala's growing broadband demand.
  • Digicel, which has an operating license in the 900MHz band, has yet to launch mobile services in Guatemala, though in 2012 it signed an agreement with Claro to integrate their networks in both Guatemala and El Salvador.
  • A mobile wallet service from Movilway may pave the way for wider consumer use of the m-payment platform in coming years

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Telecommunications market

4. Regulatory environment

5. Fixed network operators in Guatemala

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

7. Wholesale

8. Broadband market

9. Broadcasting

10. Mobile communications

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Sector: Telecommunications and Networks

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