By the end of 2016, there were only 101.7 million lines of fixed telephony in Latin America, representing almost five million (5 per cent) less than those recorded in 2012. However, the largest drop was in revenues: in 2016, fixed telephony accounted for $15.5 million which represents 48 per cent less than in 2012. Furthermore, Dataxis predicts that fixed telephony revenues in 2022 will fall to $10.4 million.
On the other hand, multi-service packages and double-play and triple-play competition by cable TV MSOs has been a mitigating factor in the fall of fixed telephone lines. In 2016, fixed telephony via cable TV systems reached 14.4 million lines, representing 14.2 per cent of the market. According to Dataxis research, in 2022, the current cable TV operators will reach 20.1 million telephone lines which represents 21.3 per cent of the total market.