According to Dataxis, Latin American mobile market reached 689.6 million lines in the second quarter of 2017 and generated revenues of $ 16 billion, with a monthly ARPU (average revenue per user) of US $ 7.75. The top ten groups accumulated 90.8 per cent of the lines and 85.1 per cent of the revenues.
In the second quarter of 2017, the number of mobile lines was equivalent to 108 per cent of the population. In such saturated scenario, America Movil and Telefonica accumulated 61.5 per cent of the lines and 56.3 per cent of the revenues. Despite their force on the market, the ARPU of both groups was below the regional average.
Telecom Italia and Oi have assets only in Brazil and exhibit a large volume of lines. However, their business was affected by the depreciation of the Real; as shown by their ARPU levels. With respect to Q2 2014, TIM’s ARPU (in US dollars) had fallen 48 per cent and Oi’s 25 per cent.
Despite having a smaller volume of lines, Millicom, AT&T and Clarin (new owner of Telecom Argentina) already surpassed in turnover compared to Oi. The case of AT&T, with presence in Mexico and Puerto Rico, should be noted, since its ARPU doubled the market average and thus exhibited a volume of income like companies that tripled lines connections.