3G Services Promise Growth for Mobile Operators in Bolivia, Pyramid Finds

Oct 21, 2010, 09:00 ET from Pyramid Research

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The arrival of 3G services in Bolivia will be a catalyst for data services growth, a promising development for operators as voice revenue comes under pressure, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com).

Bolivia: Mobile Operators Hope for a 3G Boost offers a precise profile of the country's telecommunications, media, and technology sectors based on proprietary data from Pyramid's research in the market. It provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services, and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies.

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Bolivia is one of the least penetrated mobile markets in Latin America, with a penetration rate of 60 percent at year-end 2009, below the regional average of 90 percent. However, Bolivia's mobile revenue will grow from $632 million in 2010 to $916 million in 2015 when it will represent 74 percent of the communications market. "The expansion of the mobile subscriber base will be the main driver for growth, fueling increased competition that will put downward pressure on prices," says Juliana Gomez, Analyst for Pyramid. "Bolivian operators have reduced investments and network expansion as a consequence of uncertainty and regulatory pressure to reduce prices," she adds.

"Mobile ARPS will continue to lower gradually as service penetrates low- and middle- income segments," indicated Gomez. "The expected rise of data ARPS as a percentage of total ARPS from 10 percent in 2010 to 23 percent in 2015 will mitigate the overall downward trend of total ARPS. The increase in data ARPS will be driven by the commercial offer of 3G services such as mobile broadband and mobile TV," she says.

"There is still some TDMA in Bolivia, but we expect it to phase out completely by year-end 2011 and believe that 3G subscriptions will grow gradually from 0.237 million at year-end 2009 to almost 4 million at year-end 2015, representing 36 percent of the total market," Gomez says. "3G services adoption will drive data services going forward in Bolivia."

Bolivia: Mobile Operators Hope for a 3G Boost is part of Pyramid Research's Latin America Country Intelligence Report Series and is priced at $990. Download the excerpt here: http://www.pyr.com/downloads.htm?id=18&sc=PRN102010_CIRBOL.  It can be purchased online here: http://www.pyramidresearch.com/store/CIRBOLIVIA.htm?sc=PRN102010_CIRBOL or by emailing us at info@pyr.com.

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