Boston, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/03/2014 -- While Venezuela has made headway into 4G with its recent 4G mobile licence tender, we remain bearish towards its impact on mobile broadband growth. Uncertainty regarding the political situation along with the deteriorating economy has lowered confidence and caused Venezuelans to leave their higher-value subscriptions for more basic ones. The ongoing threat of socialist reforms continues to weigh heavily on the Venezuelan investment climate. The government's heavy influence over the telecoms market, with state-owned firms playing major roles, could have negative consequences over the short-tomedium term. For now, the government continues to push a telecoms access for all policy, with growth momentum maintained during Q213 in mobile, fixed line, broadband and pay-TV services.
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- The mobile market continues to return to growth, ending Q313 with a total subscription base of 31.719mn, equivalent to a penetration rate of 104.3%.
- In the fixed-line market, Venezuela continues to report growth, according to Conatel. The market finished with 7.760mn subscriptions in Q313, up by 2.7% year-on-year (y-o-y).
- Conatel reported Venezuela had 12.8mn internet users and 3.361mn broadband subscriptions in Q313.
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President Nicolas Maduro has issued a decree to transfer Venezuela's telecoms regulator Conatel to operate under the authority of the Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information (MinCI). Additionally, the Venezuelan government has issued its second announcement for the tender of six blocks of spectrum in the AWS and 2.5GHz bands in order to attract new players to provide mobile broadband services.
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