Mobile data traffic has grown 22.5 times in the past five years

This is a machine translation of a version of Osiptel originally published in Spanish.

Data traffic on mobile networks rebounded in Peru during 2021. In twelve months, the increasing rate of data usage in academic, business and leisure activities reached a new stage by accumulating 3,088 billion megabytes (MB) used from mobile devices, according to the supervisory authority. Private Investment in Telecommunications (OSIPTEL).

According to data extracted from the PUNKU web portal, the amount of mobile data used increased by 37.4% compared to 2020, which doubles what was observed in 2019 and indicates a progress of 22.5 times the volume of traffic that occurred in 2016, five years ago. The high demand for connectivity due to the change in consumption habits brought about by the new normal in the COVID-19 pandemic and the affordability of service has led to the adoption of the internet from mobile devices.

At the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, a total of 27.2 million mobile lines had accessed the Internet from any mobile device, nearly 1 million more mobile lines than in the same period in 2020. However, the result was slightly lower by 1.3% compared to what was done Recorded in the third quarter of 2021, as a result of the decline in the number of mobile phones and other devices connected to the Internet by 1.2% and 3.9%, respectively.

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Meanwhile, mobile internet penetration fell to 80.1% in the fourth quarter of 2021, 1.2 percentage points lower than the previous quarter. In this way, 80.1 out of every 100 Peruvians had, on average, access to the mobile Internet through their mobile phone. Meanwhile, other mobile internet penetration was 1.7%, 0.1 percentage point lower than the third quarter of 2021.

Eight out of ten mobile lines reach 4G

In the national territory, eight out of ten mobile phone lines (81.2%) access the mobile Internet through 4G networks, an increase of about 5.5 percentage points over the fourth quarter of 2020, with which this technology strengthened its adoption in contrast to the third generation networks (HSPA+ and UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA) and second generation (GSM) networks that have lost ground in technology sharing.

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Despite the slight decline in mobile Internet access from mobile phones, average mobile traffic increased by 15.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, and thus continues its expansion to 30,503 MB in the fourth quarter of 2021. Thus, reviewing the backlog in the last quarter of the past five years, the average traffic of data accessed by a cell phone has multiplied 10 times.

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By method analysis, the heavy use of data from the mobile phone corresponds to the postpaid segment (control and postpaid) with an average of 49,767 MB of traffic per mobile line, which is 4.6 times the average traffic in the prepaid segment ( 10776 MB). This is due to the fact that 50.6% of the total mobile phones accessing the mobile internet during the fourth quarter of 2021 correspond to the postpaid segment and generate 82.5% of the data traffic. In parallel, 49.4% of all mobile phones go with the prepaid segment and handle the remaining 17.5% of the data traffic.

With these results, the average monthly traffic reported from mobile devices during 2021 was 9,613 MB, which is a new historical record due to the significant increase in the volume of average monthly data from prepaid (3,549 MB) and postpaid lines (15,355 MB) ).

Three operating companies increase their share of data traffic

In the fourth quarter of 2021, Claro acquired 45.3% of mobile data traffic, adding nine percentage points compared to the same period in 2020. Similarly, Entel and Bitel reported a 24% share and 5.5% with a 5.4 gain. and 1.2 percentage points, respectively, compared to the previous year. On the other hand, Movistar reduced its share in mobile data traffic to 25%, losing 15.5 percentage points if the data for the fourth quarter of 2020 were revised. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) Flash Mobile and Guinea Mobile remained unchanged.

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Entering mobile phone lines to the Internet through the operating company

In general, the number of mobile phone lines accessing mobile Internet from any device increased in the operator companies Claro (37%), Entel (18.5%) and Bitel (16.6%) in the last quarter of the year. At the same time, despite the continued decline, Movistar retained the second place in participation with more mobile lines reaching the Internet with a market share of 27.5%. This panorama was maintained when reviewing the sharing of mobile phone lines that accessed mobile internet networks, but not access from other mobile devices, with Entel receiving 87.4% of the share.

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Voice traffic increased by 8.9% in the country

Call traffic from mobile phones increased by 8.9% between 2020 and 2021. This brought the call volume to 102,753 million minutes during the twelve months of that year. Of the total, 72.2% belonged to a mobile phone line in the segment associated with a monthly fee (control and postpaid). The volume of calls from a postpaid mobile device increased by 13.0%, increasing from 65,683 million minutes (between January and December 2020) to 74.213 million minutes (between January and December 2021). Meanwhile, the traffic of calls from the prepaid cell phone decreased by 0.4%, moving from 28.646 million minutes to 28.540 million minutes, and its share reached 27.8%.

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More than half of calls from mobile devices are sent to another operator

A total of 102,584 million minutes were used to call from mobile phones to numbers within the national territory. 53.4% ​​of the minute traffic was used for calls to mobile numbers of another operator (54813 million minutes), while 43.3% of the call traffic was allocated to establishing a connection to the mobile phone line of the same operator (44427 million minutes). Minutes allocated to a fixed line accounted for only 3.3% of the quota (3343 million minutes).

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Lima, March 11, 2022

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