Mexican telecoms to hit $26.3bn revenues by 2018

Mexico's telecommunications services will generate US$26.3 billion in revenues in 2018, according to new data published by Dataxis, a 4.2 per cent increase on 2014 figures.

In its report "Telecom Series 2015: Mexico", Dataxis said the mobile sector accounted for 60 per cent of total telecoms revenues in Mexico last year, reaching 104.8 million lines, a number it forecasts growing 7.4 per cent by 2018. The mobile penetration rate is predicted to climb to 90 per cent.

The fixed broadband sector accounted for 17.1 per cent of total revenues in 2014, with Dataxis expecting this figure to grow to nearly 23 per cent, continuing an expansion that has been ongoing since 2007.

The proportion of households with fixed broadband connections will increase from 44.1 per cent in 2014 to 52.1 per cent in 2018. DSL – in its different variants – will remain Latin America's dominant last-mile access technology, but its market share will reduce in favour of cable modem and fibre to the home (FTTH).

Fixed telephony sector accounted for 22.9 per cent of total revenues in 2014, though the number of active fixed lines fell to 19.1 million. Dataxis predicts this trend will continue and the total number of fixed lines will decrease 15.3 per cent by 2018.

This decline in traditional telephony, as in other markets in the regions, will be a direct result of new VoIP options, including those offered via hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks.

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