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


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

Liberty Global providing competition to Digicel in bundled services offerings

The telecoms markets in most Caribbean countries have been progressively liberalised. The sector remains one of the region’s major growth sectors, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments.

There are a large number of operators licensed to provide services within individual markets, though most of them are small and localised. Two regional operators compete in all market sectors: Digicel and Cable and Wireless Communications. The sector has undergone some considerable changes in recent years. Cable & Wireless acquired Columbus Communications in early 2015 and was itself acquired by Liberty Global in November 2015. The LIME brand was discontinued in May 2016 in favour of the Flow brand, which had been used by Columbus International for its fixed-line services.

As a result of these market changes, Liberty Global and Digicel now compete more effectively in the provision of bundled services, a segment to which both operators have focussed investment in recent years. Digicel has expanded its interest in the pay TV sector, launching Digicel Play in four markets thus far, though the scale of Liberty Global’s operations provide the operator with a stronger card regarding content for its pay TV and VoD offerings.

Investment in telecoms was for several years affected by the global financial crisis of 2008, which led to reduced revenue for operators, scaled-back government programs and a weakened tourist sector. Recovery in the US and in some European economies has bolstered the prospects of a number of Caribbean countries heavily dependent on tourism, though some markets, particularly those dependent on agriculture and other primary industries, remain suppressed and restricted by their small scale. The decline in the price of oil and gas has been particularly debilitating for Trinidad & Tobago, which is the region’s largest exporter of these commodities.

In turn, these economic limitations have led to constraints on customer discretionary spend for telecom services.

Key developments:

Jamaican regulator accepts application for a new mobile licence;
Digicel expands Digicel Play to four markets;
Dominican Republic’s government delays adopting full digital terrestrial TV until 2021;
Caribbean Research and Education Network (CaribNET) network delivers connectivity to international research stations;
KeyTech reports strong revenue growth in H1 2016;
Digicel prepares for LTE launch in Jamaica;
CWC sold to Liberty Global;
ECTEL planning to implement MNP across all member states by the end of 2016;
CWC reduces ownership of BTC to 49%;
Legislative amendments extend jurisdiction of the Barbadian telecom regulator to include mobile services.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cable & Wireless, LIME, Flow, Liberty Global, Digicel Group, Orange Caraïbes, United Telecommunications Services (UTS), KeyTech.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Caribbean GDP - 2003 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
      • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
      • Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
      • Telecom sector liberalisation
        • Table Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
      • Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO)
    • MAJOR TELECOM OPERATORS IN THE CARIBBEAN
      • Flow (Cable & Wireless/Liberty Global)
        • Table CWC financial data (Caribbean) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table CWC revenue by sector (Caribbean) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table CWC subscribers by sector (Caribbean/BTC) - 2009 - 2015
      • Digicel
        • Table Digicel's Caribbean operations
    • COMPANY TIMELINE
    • REVIEW OF DIGICEL'S MARKETS
    • DIGICEL'S FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
      • Table Digicel financial statistics - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Digicel revenue by operating segment - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Digicel revenue by geographic sector ($ million) - 2014 - 2015
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable systems
        • Table Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region
    • BROADBAND MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2014
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2015 (e)
    • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2015 (e)
      • Satellite mobile
  • ANGUILLA
    • Table Country data Anguilla - 2015 (e)
    • Table Anguilla communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
  • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
    • Table Country data Antigua and Barbuda - 2015 (e)
    • Table Antigua and Barbuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
    • Table Antigua and Barbuda fixed-telephony lines in service - 2005 - 2016
    • MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Antigua and Barbuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2016
  • ARUBA
    • Table Country data Aruba - 2015 (e)
    • Table Aruba fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • Table Aruba mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2016
  • BAHAMAS
    • Table Country data Bahamas - 2015 (e)
    • Table Bahamas fixed lines in services and penetration - 2000 - 2016
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bahamas mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2016
      • Second and third mobile licenses
    • INTERNET
      • Table Bahamas fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
    • SUBMARINE CABLES
  • BARBADOS
    • Table Country data Barbados - 2015 (e)
    • MARKET BACKGROUND
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2016
    • INTERNET
      • Table Barbados fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
  • BERMUDA
    • Table Country data Bermuda - 2015 (e)
    • MARKET BACKGROUND
      • Table KeyTech Group financial data - 2010 - 2016
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2016
    • INTERNET
      • Table Bermuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Bermuda fixed lines in services - 2003 - 2016
    • SMART GRIDS
  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data British Virgin Islands - 2015 (e)
    • MOBILE SERVICES
  • CAYMAN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data Cayman Islands - 2015 (e)
    • Table Cayman Island subscribers by service - 2005 - 2015
    • Table Cayman Island penetration by service - 2005 - 2015
    • Table Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue - 2008 - 2015
    • MOBILE NETWORKS:
  • DOMINICA
    • Table Country data Dominica - 2015 (e)
    • Table Dominica communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2015
    • Table Dominica fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • Table Dominica fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
    • Table Dominica mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
  • GRENADA
    • Table Country data Grenada - 2015 (e)
    • Table Grenada communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Grenada fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
    • Table Grenada fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
    • Table Grenada mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
  • GUADELOUPE
    • Table Country data Guadeloupe - 2015 (e)
  • MARTINIQUE
    • Table Country data Martinique - 2015 (e)
  • MONTSERRAT
    • Table Country data Montserrat - 2015 (e)
    • Table Montserrat communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
  • (THE FORMER) NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
    • Table Country data Netherlands Antilles - 2015 (e)
    • Table Netherlands Antilles fixed lines in service - 2002 - 2016
  • ST KITTS AND NEVIS
    • Table Country data St Kitts and Nevis - 2015 (e)
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis fixed broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2016
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis fixed-lines in service - 2000 - 2016
  • ST LUCIA
    • Table Country data St Lucia - 2015 (e)
    • Table St Lucia communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Lucia fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • MOBILE
      • Table St Lucia mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
  • ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
    • Table Country data St Vincent and the Grenadines - 2015 (e)
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    • Table Country data Trinidad and Tobago - 2015 (e)
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago telecom revenue by service - 2013 - 2015
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago telecom subscribers by service - 2010 - 2015
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) - 2013 - 2015
    • FIXED-LINE
    • MOBILE
      • Table Trinidad and Tobago mobile internet penetration - 2013 - 2015
  • TURKS AND CAICOS
    • Table Country data Turks and Caicos - 2015 (e)
  • UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data United States Virgin Islands - 2015 (e)

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