The Jamaica - Telecoms , Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.
3G and 4G deployments underpin industry-wide growth
BuddeComm’s annual publication, ‘Jamaica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband’, profiles the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets in Jamaica.
Typical for the region, the relative size and rapid expansion of the Jamaican mobile sector continues to underpin growth in the telecommunications industry. Despite recessionary periods during 2009 and 2010, largely due to the broader global economic environment, the mobile sector is poised for strong growth between 2011 and 2016 on the back of the launch of new 3G and 4G networks. In particular, mobile broadband is likely to become a major revenue driver with stronger competition emerging between Digicel, Claro and LIME.
Jamaica is also enjoying increased investment from LIME and Digicel who have made Jamaica the headquarters for their regional operations.
This report contains overviews, analyses and statistics of the Jamaican fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets together with information on convergence issues and on the country’s fixed line incumbent and major mobile operators.
After securing a licence in the 2.5GHz spectrum, in August 2010 Digicel launched its much-anticipated nationwide WiMAX network for residential customers. Although subscriber data has yet to be reported, Digicel has expressed positive views about initial subscriber uptake.
Shortly after Digicel’s WiMAX launch, in October 2010 Claro announced that it would be deploying an LTE wireless platform, allegedly capable of speeds of up to 170Mb/s. The deployment is part of Claro’s US$300 million capital investment in the build-out of its entire wireless network.
In 2010 LIME announced that it would be investing US$600 million in new services and upgrades across the region, of which an estimated US$150 million would be in Jamaica. The investment will consolidate Jamaica as the hub of LIME’s regional operations, handling finance, procurement and human resource operations for all 13 LIME markets.
In February 2011 Cable & Wireless Communications completed laying its US$35 million East-West cable between Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The submarine cable is expected to significantly augment capacity for data and telephony services.
The mobile market leader in early 2011 remained Digicel Jamaica, with approximately three times the market share of second-placed LIME. América Móvil‘s Claro was the third largest operator.
In 2010 LIME secured an island-wide subscriber television wireless licences which may ultimately bring valuable competition to a market currently dominated by Columbus Communications Networks’ Flow.
By 2011 cable broadband has made strong inroads into the broadband sector, significantly higher than its 4% share in 2006. The growth is largely due to the relatively high penetration of CATV in Jamaica together with significant investment by Flow and a number of new licence applications and licence extension applications offered by the BCJ.Mobile statistics - 2011
Mobile subscribers (e)3.3 million
Annual growth (e)4%
Mobile penetration (e)119%
(Source: BuddeComm based on ITU and Informa Telecoms & Media data)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.