According to 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 per cent from Q1 2016 and reached 35.8 per cent household penetration.
In the first quarter of 2017, DSL technology still dominates the market with 51.5 per cent 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 Fibre To The Home (FTTH/FTTx), the fastest growing option. Moreover, fibre already had 10.6 per cent of household connections in Q1 2017. Cable Modem reached 37.9 per cent of the market compared with 36.7 per cent for the previous year.
The top five markets accounted for 81.8 per cent of total connections are: Brazil (35.9 per cent), Mexico (23.1 per cent), Argentina (10.1 per cent), Colombia (8.3 per cent) and Chile (4.4 per cent). 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 per cent of connections, followed by Telefónica (19 per cent) and Televisa Group (5 per cent). After Telecom Argentina’s acquisition, Clarin Group would have almost 6 per cent of LatAm connections, rising to the third position in the ranking.