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Belize - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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BLT telecom revenue stable in FY2014

One the smaller countries in Central America, Belize is the only English-speaking nation in the region, and has closer affinities with countries in the Caribbean than with its immediate neighbours.

While Belize's GDP per capita is high for Central America, its telecoms services remain poor by regional standards. Both fixed-line teledensity and mobile penetration are lower than in neighbouring countries.

The Belizean telecom market was officially liberalised in 2003, yet the incumbent, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), continues to hold a monopoly in fixed-line services and is the dominant provider of mobile and broadband services. In 2009, the state renationalised BTL after a change of government brought to light a questionable Accommodation Agreement between the previous administration and the company. Although the rationale for the nationalisation was to improve conditions for consumers, BTL's prices remain high and competition is marginal. The government has undertaken some measures to improve competition, notably by obliging BTL in mid-2013 to open its networks to VoIP services.

Key developments:

The number of fixed lines continues to fall as customers adopt mobile services for basic telecoms. This has kept fixed-line teledensity low, while mobile penetration continues to rise steadily. The mobile sector account for over bout 90% of all phone subscriptions in the country.

SpeedNet is making inroads in the mobile sector, securing a sizeable market share.

Compared with its other economic indicators, penetration is low in Belize for virtually all telecom services. An independent, pro-competition and transparent telecoms regime supported by an effective regulatory framework is needed to develop the telecom market, making it more attractive for investors despite the market's small size.

In 2013 DigiCell contracted Ericsson to upgrade its network with LTE technology, vastly improving mobile broadband connectivity.

BTL in mid-2013 began allowing unrestricted VoIP access for the first time.

DigiCell in mid-2014 introduced a new roaming deal to 30 countries.

Penetration of services 2014 (e)
Service | Penetration
Broadband | 3.7%
Mobile | 54%
Fixed-line | 7.6%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Belize's telecom market
4.2 Overview of major operators
4.3 Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL)
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Renationalisation of BTL
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom networks
6.2 Infrastructure developments
6.2.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries
6.3.2 Submarine cable networks
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Internet statistics
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
9. Pay TV market
9.1 Overview
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Belize's mobile market
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Major mobile operators
10.3.1 BTL (DigiCell)
10.3.2 SpeedNet (Smart)
10.4 Mobile data services
10.4.1 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.4.2 Mobile banking
11. Related reports
BLT telecom revenue stable in FY2014
Table 1 Country statistics Belize 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Belize 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Telecom revenue by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 9 BTL financial data 2010 - 2014
Table 10 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1998 - 2004
Table 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 12 International bandwidth 2005 - 2014
Table SEQ Chart 3 Internet users and user penetration 2000 - 2015
Table 13 Historic - BTL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 14 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed internet subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2015
Table 16 Fixed internet subscribers and penetration 2005 2015
Table 17 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 18 Wireless broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 19 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2015
Table 20 Mobile market share by major operator 2005 - 2011
Chart 1 BTL financial data 2010 2014
Chart 2 Fixed lines and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Chart 4 Internet users and user penetration 2000 - 2015
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks links in Belize

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