Bolivia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses Report 2021: Bolivia Strengthens Satellite Broadband Service Quality -

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Bolivia strengthens satellite broadband service quality

Bolivia's fixed broadband penetration is relatively low, at about 9%. This is partly due to the relatively high cost of services in a country with low disposable household income. However, connectivity in many rural and remote areas is poor or non-existent, while it remains patchy in many urban areas.

Bolivia has long relied on a combination of terrestrial cable links via neighbouring countries, and on satellite internet. The incumbent telco Entel owns and operates satellite ground stations across the country to offer telephony and internet services.

Although Bolivia participated in the Satelite Andinoproject to build a satellite to provide coverage over the region, in the end services were contracted to SES World Skies and coverage over Bolivia was only minimal. To address these limitations, a Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) was created in February 2010, and its own satellite (Tupac Katari) was launched in late 2013.

In early 2020 the ABE announced plans to deploy hundreds of satellite antennae to boost connectivity in rural areas. The pandemic brought such plans to a halt, though since early 2021 work on this project has resumed.

Key Topics Covered:

Key Statistics

Regional Latin America Market Comparison

  • Market characteristics
  • Market Leaders
  • Market Challengers
  • Market Emergent
  • TMI versus GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
  • Mobile market developments

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Government ICT plans
  • Fixed-line broadband technologies

Digital economy

  • Entertainment
  • e-Health developments
  • e-Learning
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Fixed network operators

  • Introduction
  • Entel
  • Cooperatives

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
  • Infrastructure developments

Appendix Historic data

Companies Mentioned

  • Autoridad de Fiscalizacion y Control Social de Telecomunicaciones y Transporte (ATT)
  • Entel Movil
  • Tigo (Telefonica)
  • Viva (NuevaTel)
  • SES World Skies

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For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900