Press Release

More than 5.5mn mobile lines changed operators during 2022

Bnamericas Published: Friday, January 06, 2023

This is a machine translation of Osiptel's press release issued in Spanish 

Number portability continues to consolidate as one of the main mechanisms driving competitive dynamics in the mobile market. In the year 2022, a total of 5,564,067 lines changed mobile operators, reported the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (OSIPTEL).

Thus, in the month of December 2022, 455,736 portations were registered in the mobile market, with this figure the total portability of the year 2022 exceeded the mobile portability achieved in 2021 by 0.63% and by 52.35% that of the year 2020, the year in which the rate of portings fell significantly due to the restrictions imposed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Postpaid mobile portability soars and reaches historical record

According to information from the PUNKU computer tool, in 2022, the growth of mobile portability was driven by operator changes in postpaid mobile lines, which represented 66.16% of total annual portings.

In this sense, postpaid mobile portability set a historical annual record with 3.7 million ports completed throughout 2022, the highest figure since this right came into force. It should be noted that only in the last month of that year, 312,193 postpaid mobile lines changed operators, the fourth highest figure in 2022.

The other side of the coin was represented by the mobile portability of prepaid lines, which in 2022 reported 1.9 million ported lines, equivalent to 33.84% of total portings, with results below those registered in 2021, when 2.2 million prepaid lines They changed operators.

Claro and Entel obtained the best net results

Claro and Entel were the operating companies that obtained the highest positive net results (that is, the difference between lines won and lost) during 2022 with 238,672 and 237,211 mobile lines in favor, respectively. The virtual mobile operators (OMV), Suma Móvil and Dolphin, also achieved positive net results with 68 and 2 lines, respectively.

Meanwhile, the largest negative balances corresponded to Bitel and Movistar with 300,911 and 166,181 net lines lost, respectively. MVNOs Flash and Guinea Mobile also had negative balances, with 6,247 and 2,614 net lines lost, respectively, during the 2022 portability exercise.

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More than 27,000 fixed lines changed operators

With respect to 2021, the portability of fixed telephone lines suffered a setback of 23.04%, going from 35,176 ported fixed lines in 2021 to 27,071 portations in 2022.

During the 12 months of last year, Claro achieved a positive net balance of 10,396 fixed lines. On the contrary, Movistar totaled a negative balance of 16,559 fixed lines.

Lima, January 6, 2023

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