Peru Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 3,099,172

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 9.8 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 43

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 39,138,119

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 123.76 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 39

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

economic impact on telcom services during pandemic due to consumer unemployment; good mobile operator competition with LTE services; fixed-line tele-density remains among lowest in South America, with obstacles to growth including widespread poverty, fixed-to-mobile substitution, expensive telephone services, and geographical inaccessibility in the Andean mountains and Amazon jungles; government investment in underserved areas with fiber backbone; government facilitated virtual learning during pandemic via tablets with Internet connectivity; 3G network and new LTE services expanded providing mobile broadband to rural communities, though low penetration still exists; major importer of broadcasting equipment and computers from China (2021)


domestic: fixed-line teledensity is only about 10 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity, spurred by competition among multiple providers, now 124 telephones per 100 persons; nationwide microwave radio relay system and a domestic satellite system with 12 earth stations (2019)

international: country code - 51; landing points for the SAM-1, IGW, American Movil-Telxius, SAC and PAN-AM submarine cable systems that provide links to parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

10 major TV networks of which only one, Television Nacional de Peru, is state owned; multi-channel cable TV services are available; in excess of 2,000 radio stations including a substantial number of indigenous language stations (2019)

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Internet users

total: 16,461,427

percent of population: 52.54% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 40

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 2,310,217

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 7 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 52

NOTE: The information regarding Peru on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Peru 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Peru 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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