A new report from Companies and Markets provides a detailed analysis of the Central American telecoms market, listing great successes as well as markets which the authors considered to be under-achievers...
Central America Telecommunications Report Q1 2010 is the new review by Companies and Markets of a region of highly varying fortunes. For example, Costa Rica is moving ever closer to a liberalised telecoms market as new fixed-line and broadband operators have been licensed and strategies from these new players are beginning to emerge; Millicom International Cellular’s Amnet unit looks set to be a major competitor to incumbent Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).
The report's writers look forward to the entrance of new mobile operators in Costa Rica as it believes this is the sector that will be most transformed by liberalisation. ICE has, in fact, returned spectrum in advance of new licences being auctioned and new operators may be present by the end of 2010. The market is expected to take off once new companies enter although further details of the winners and strategies which emerge from the process are required.
There are extended forecasts for all sectors to 2014 which see most fixed-line markets stalling or even in decline. Broadband markets will show the strongest growth looking forwards but Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua will fail to generate penetration rates above 1% even by 2014.