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Caribbean Telecommunications Report Q3 2015

221 Pages BMI Research July 15, 2015 SKU: BMI5630930

Caribbean Telecommunications Report Q3 2015

BMI View: The announcement of the IPO by pan-Caribbean operator Digicel bodes well for the future ofthe region, with additional funds raised for investment in next-generation networks, converged services andfurther market expansion. However, it also demonstrates the saturated nature of the telecoms industry in theCaribbean, with revenue and subscriber growth flattening. A key downside risk is the company's exposureto weak consumer spending trends in its core markets, an issue that could undermine investor confidencefurther down the line. Haiti and Cuba represent the largest organic growth opportunities in the region, asboth are significantly underdeveloped compared to their peers. However, the risks associated with businessin these two markets mean that a mobile subscription boom is far from likely.

Key Data:

Cayman Islands has the highest mobile penetration at over 160%, while Cuba's penetration rate remainedbelow 20%.

The number of mobile lines in Cuba reached the 3mn mark in April, up from 2.4mn lines at the start of2015, according to data published by state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicacionesde Cuba (ETECSA). The increase was mainly owing to a promotion, called Si activas ganas 30, whereinnew users obtained USD30 in credit for activating a line for the same amount. ETECSA revealed that300,000 new mobile subscribers signed up in just five days due to the promotion.Digicel Jamaicacurrently has 1mn smartphone users on its mobile network, which accounts for more than 45% of theoperator's overall subscriber base in Jamaica.

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Caribbean Telecommunications Report Q3 2015

BMI Research
July 15, 2015

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