Dataxis have announced research reporting that Spanish telco Telefónica has gradually been losing market share in both high-speed internet access and pay television – two of its key communications services in South America, where it also operates fixed and mobile telephony networks.
According to the research:
- Between December 2009 and March 2013, the group’s residential broadband operations have seen market share fall by 9 percentage points in Brazil, 5.2 points in Peru, 5 points in Chile, 2.6 points in Argentina and 1.9 points in Colombia, according to Dataxis.
- In the pay-TV business, which Telefónica addresses through multiple satellite (DTH), cable, IPTV and OTT systems, the company has seen its market share diminish from 5% of total Latin American subscriptions in 2007 to 4.4% by June 2013. During the same period, the region’s largest pay-TV operator (DirecTV Latin America) increased its market share by 11.2 percentage points (from 17.2% to 28.5% of regional accounts), while Luxembourg-based Millicom International has grown its pay-TV customers from zero to 1.2% of the market in less than five years.
“The first five reports from our Operator Profile Series have revealed a worrisome picture for Telefónica’s long-term ambitions in Latin America,” said Juan Pablo Conti, Senior Analyst at Dataxis, and author of four of the reports. “At a time when the demand for both residential broadband and pay-TV services keeps growing solidly in the region, Telefónica might at first sight appear to be benefitting because its customer base is expanding. However, it is not expanding as fast as rival established operators such as DirecTV (in pay TV) and América Móvil (both in pay TV and broadband). Even new entrants such as Millicom are starting to eat into Telefónica’s pay-TV and broadband market shares.”