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IPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America

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IPTV In Latin AmericaThere is little doubt as to the internet's impact on anynumber of industries, companies and individuals. Thereis an ever growing range of data available with contentcontinually expanding, and the potential for using theinternet seems limitless.For telecoms operators globally, this has providedopportunities for growth as the internet is used for anincreasing range of services. Additionally, it has offeredtelecoms companies the chance to expand theirown product portfolios. Internet Protocol Television(IPTV) allows companies to offer video servicesover their internet networks, although, for this to takeplace, it requires higher speeds to be available thanthose needed by regular services such as email andaccessing websites.The lines between the broadcasting market and telecomsindustry have become increasingly blurred,with broadcast content available on a PC and internetservices accessible from a TV screen. The crossoverof these two markets sees pay-TV operators movinginto the telecoms market and traditional telephonyproviders seeking to offer broadcast services.For a successful launch of IPTV services, there areseveral considerations that must be borne in mind,including the limits in reach and speed of existingnetwork infrastructure, appropriate regulations andensuring the right content is in place. For the LatinAmerican market, it is the second of these that hasthrown up the greatest barriers to the expansion ofIPTV in the region.Nonetheless, several telecoms operators in LatinAmerican countries have already launched IPTVservices or have announced their plans to expandtheir existing infrastructure and product offerings toinclude these services. Here BMI investigates someof the key issues of launching IPTV in Latin Americaand reviews existing products already available invarious markets.RegulationsOne of the key barriers to IPTV growth that has beenseen across telecoms markets in all regions of the worldis the conflict between the regulation of broadcastingservices available over telecoms infrastructure. In manycases the existing regulations had not anticipated thecrossover of the broadcasting market with the telecomsindustry. This has certainly been the case in Argentinaand Mexico where incumbent operators are preventedfrom offering pay-TV services under their existingconcessions. Changing the laws governing the telecomssector, however, can be a long process, putting pressureon fixed-line operators that are anxious to move intonew areas of the market.As incumbents usually have the widest reach in termsof fixed-line infrastructure, these companies retain aconsiderable advantage when looking to roll out IPTVservices. If smaller operators cannot build out suchinfrastructure, the chances of offering IPTV servicesare considerably more limited.However, some smaller operators have built out smallfibre-optic networks and begun offering pay-TV services.Brasil Telecom launched a video on-demand (VoD)service in 2008 but cannot expand to offering a full rangeof IPTV services owing to restrictions over ownershipof pay-TV operations in the country.While there are several examples of regulatory difficultiesin Latin American telecoms markets regarding thelaunch of pay-TV services, and consequently IPTV, othermarkets stand out for having made few restrictions tolaunch. Peru and Colombia in particular are notable astheir regulations have not restricted the fixed-line companiespresent in their markets from offering pay-TVservices, thus reporting IPTV launches by Telef

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  1. 1. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market Statistics >> Get this Report Now by email!IPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin AmericaPublished on August 2009 Report SummaryIPTV In Latin AmericaThere is little doubt as to the internets impact on anynumber of industries, companies and individuals. Thereis an ever growing range of data available with contentcontinually expanding, and the potential for using theinternet seems limitless.For telecoms operators globally, this has providedopportunities for growth as the internet is used for anincreasing range of services. Additionally, it has offeredtelecoms companies the chance to expand theirown product portfolios. Internet Protocol Television(IPTV) allows companies to offer video servicesover their internet networks, although, for this to takeplace, it requires higher speeds to be available thanthose needed by regular services such as email andaccessing websites.The lines between the broadcasting market and telecomsindustry have become increasingly blurred,with broadcast content available on a PC and internetservices accessible from a TV screen. The crossoverof these two markets sees pay-TV operators movinginto the telecoms market and traditional telephonyproviders seeking to offer broadcast services.For a successful launch of IPTV services, there areseveral considerations that must be borne in mind,including the limits in reach and speed of existingnetwork infrastructure, appropriate regulations andensuring the right content is in place. For the LatinAmerican market, it is the second of these that hasthrown up the greatest barriers to the expansion ofIPTV in the region.Nonetheless, several telecoms operators in LatinAmerican countries have already launched IPTVservices or have announced their plans to expandtheir existing infrastructure and product offerings toinclude these services. Here BMI investigates someof the key issues of launching IPTV in Latin Americaand reviews existing products already available invarious markets.RegulationsIPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 1/8
  2. 2. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market StatisticsOne of the key barriers to IPTV growth that has beenseen across telecoms markets in all regions of the worldis the conflict between the regulation of broadcastingservices available over telecoms infrastructure. In manycases the existing regulations had not anticipated thecrossover of the broadcasting market with the telecomsindustry. This has certainly been the case in Argentinaand Mexico where incumbent operators are preventedfrom offering pay-TV services under their existingconcessions. Changing the laws governing the telecomssector, however, can be a long process, putting pressureon fixed-line operators that are anxious to move intonew areas of the market.As incumbents usually have the widest reach in termsof fixed-line infrastructure, these companies retain aconsiderable advantage when looking to roll out IPTVservices. If smaller operators cannot build out suchinfrastructure, the chances of offering IPTV servicesare considerably more limited.However, some smaller operators have built out smallfibre-optic networks and begun offering pay-TV services.Brasil Telecom launched a video on-demand (VoD)service in 2008 but cannot expand to offering a full rangeof IPTV services owing to restrictions over ownershipof pay-TV operations in the country.While there are several examples of regulatory difficultiesin Latin American telecoms markets regarding thelaunch of pay-TV services, and consequently IPTV, othermarkets stand out for having made few restrictions tolaunch. Peru and Colombia in particular are notable astheir regulations have not restricted the fixed-line companiespresent in their markets from offering pay-TVservices, thus reporting IPTV launches by Telefónicadel Perú as well as Une-EPM in Colombia.Making the changes in the market requires considerablepolitical will, and the dominance of incumbent operatorsoften makes changes an unpopular move. Additionally,there is conflict under whose remit pay-TV services thenfalls: is pay-TV the responsibility of the broadcastingregulator or the telecoms watchdog Table of ContentIntroduction . 7IPTV In Latin America..7Regulations ..... 7chart: Latin America Broadband Subscriptions (000).72003-2013IPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 2/8
  3. 3. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market StatisticsCase Study: Updating Outdated Regulations In Argentina. 8Case Study: Ensuring Competition In Mexico . 8Getting Up To Speed .. 9chart: Broadband Penetration In Latin America 92006-2013chart: Colombia Broadband Accesses By Speed102008Case Study: Chile .. 10chart: Chile Internet Connections By Speed 102008Conclusion: The Prospects For IPTV In Latin America..11Table: Latin America: IPTV Launches And Trials...11indicators: CANTV, Telefónica, TVA, Brasil Telecom, Telecom Argentina,GTD Manquehue, ETB, Une-EPM, Antel, Telpin, GVTMarket Data Analysis .. 13Argentina.13Table: Argentina Broadband Market, 2008.13operator: TASA, Telecom Argentina, CableVisión*, Ot her*, Tota lchart: Argentina Corporate Internet Subscriptions (000) ...132007-2008Regional Broadband Take-up .. 13TA BLE: ARGENTINA RESIDENTIAL INTERNET ACCE SS BY REGION14indicators:: Buenos Aires, AMBA, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Pata gonia 1, NOA 2, Litoral 3, Mendoza,Centro 4, NEA 5, Totalchart: Argentina Residential Broadband Market ...14Subscriptions By Technology (000)Technologies . 14Table: ARGENTINA WIRELINE DEVELOPMENTS....14period: May/09 - Oct/09Brazil 15chart: Brazil Active Internet Users (mn) ....152008-2009Table: Brazilian Broadband Market Q109,...15company/technology: oi/brasil telecom, telefonica , net servicos, other*, tota lTable: Brazil BROAD BAND TECHNOLOGIES IN BRAZIL (2004-2008).16technology: ADSL, CABLE, OTHER (RADIO), TOTALBroadband Technologies 16Table: BRAZIL SELECTED WIRELINE DEVELOPMENTS16period: apr/09 - dec/08chart: Brazil Broadband ARPU: A Comparison .. 172007-2009ARPU.... 17Alternative Technologies....17BPL 17WiMAX . 17Chile . 17chart: Chile Broadband Subscriptions By Connection Speed (000) 182007-2008Table: Chilean Broadband Market, Dec 2008.18operator: telefonica chile, vt r globalcom, cnt (telsur) entel, Ot her (e), Tota lIPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 3/8
  4. 4. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market Statisticschart: Chile Dedicated Internet Connections By Technology (000) 19(2007-2008)WiMAX . 19Fibre-Optic .... 19Rural Broadband ... 19Table: CHILE Wireline Developments.....20period: apr/09 - JUN/08Colombia.... 20chart: Colombia Dedicated Internet Subscribers By City202008chart: Colombia Internet Market By Subscriber Type ....21YE08, 000 SubscribersInternet technologies 21Table: COLOMBIA INTERNET MARKET BY CONNECTION TYPE 2006-2008 (000).22connection type: dial-up, xdsl, cab le modem, wimax and wireless, otherBroadband Speeds 22Table: COLOMBIA INTERNET MARKET BY SPEED (000)..22indicators: up to 256kbps, 256kbps-512kbps, 512kbps-1mbps, 1mbps-2mbps, 2mbps-4mbps,Ov er 4mbpsTable: COLOMBIA WIRELINE DEVELOPMENTS.....22period: mar/09 - dec/07Mexico.. 22Mexico Telmex Internet Subscribers (000) 23(Q107-Q109)Table: Mexico Internet Subscription Market, 2004-2007 (000)24connection type: dial-up, xdsl, cab le, other, tota lOther Technologies 24Table: Mexico Internet Users By Access Type, 2000-2008 (000)..24indicators: Access At Home, Access Outside Home, o/w own computer, o/w do notown computer, Tota lTable: Mexico Fibre-Optic Network, 2000-2007 (000 km)....24network: Fibre-Optic CablesTable: Mexicos Wireline Developments.25period: feb/09 - jan /08Peru... 25chart: Peru Internet Subscribers (000) 262000-2007Table: PERU Internet By Technology And Subscriber Type 2007 (000)...26connection type: Dial-up, Dedicat ed Wireline, Dedicat ed Wireless, ADSL, Cable Modem, Totalchart: Peru Public Internet Cabins Internet Access By Technology .....262000-2007Venezuela .. 27chart: Venezuela Internet Users In Venezuela (000) ..27(2006-2008)Table: Venezuela Internet Market 2007 2008 By Connection Type (000)..28connection type: Dial-up, Broadband, ow CANTV.net, Tota lMobile Broadband . 28chart: Venezuela Internet Subscriber Breakdown ..28(2006-2008)Telecentres And Cybercafés .... 28IPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 4/8
  5. 5. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market StatisticsTable: Venezuela Wireline Developments....28period: MAR/09 - APR/08Submarine Cables . 29Industry Forecast Scenario ... 30Argentina..30chart: Argentina Industry Trends - Internet Sector .30(2006-2013)Table: Argentina TELECOMS SECTOR INTERNETHISTORICA L DATA AND FORECA STS....30indicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant sBrazil30Table: Brazil Telecom Sector -InternetHistorical Data and Forecasts30indicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant schart: Brazil Industry Trends - Internet Sector 31(2006-2013)Chile.31chart: Chile Industry Trends - Internet Sector 312006-2013Table: Chilean Telecoms SectorInternetHistorical Data & Forecasts31indicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant sColombia31chart: Colombia Industry Trends - Internet Sector ..32(2006-2013)Table: Colombia TELECOMS SECTOR INTERNETHISTORICA L DATA AND FORECA STS32indicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant sMexico....32chart: Mexico Industry Trends - Internet Sector 322006-2013Table: Mexico Telecoms SectorInternetHistorical Data & Forecasts, 2006-2013...32indicators: No. of internet users (000), No. of internet users/100 inhabitant s,No. of broadband internet subscribers (000), No. of broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitant sPeru .33chart: Peru Industry Trends - Internet Sector .332006-2013Table: Peru Telecoms SectorInternetHistorical Data & Forecasts. 2006-2013.33indicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant sVenezuela..33chart: Venezuela Industry Trends - Internet Sector ..342006-2013Table: Venezuela Telecoms SectorInternetHistorical Data & Forecasts34IPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 5/8
  6. 6. Find Industry reports, Company profilesReportLinker and Market Statisticsindicators: No. of Internet Users (000), No. of Internet Users/100 Inhabitant s,No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers (000), No. of Broadband Internet Subscribers/100 Inhabitant sIPTV: Driving Pay TV in Latin America Page 6/8
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