According to latest research conducted by Dataxis, fixed broadband connections for Latin America in the first quarter of 2017 reached 68.11 million. The market recorded an increase of 5.9% from Q1 2016 and reached 35.8% household penetration.
In the first quarter of 2017, DSL technology still dominates the market with 51.5% of the market and is the only broadband alternative that shows a progressive loss of subscribers. DSL is in the process of being replaced by Fiber To The Home (FTTH/FTTx), the fastest growing option. Moreover, Fiber already had 10.6% of household connections in Q1 2017. Cable Modem reached 37.9% of the market compared with 36.7% for the previous year.
The top five markets accounted for 81.8% of total connections are: Brazil (35.9%), Mexico (23.1%), Argentina (10.1%), Colombia (8.3%) and Chile (4.4%). Mexico is the only market led by a historical telecom operator (Telmex), while other countries are already dominated by Cable TV operators.
América Móvil is the top Latin American broadband player with 33% of connections, followed by Telefónica (19%) and Televisa Group (5%). After Telecom Argentina’s acquisition, Clarin Group would have almost 6% of Latam connections, rising to the third position in the ranking.
By Carlos Blanco