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

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

Caribbean operators ramp up investments in LTE and GPON fibre services The telecoms sector is one of the Caribbean region’s major growth sectors, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments. Although there are a number of smaller players operating, the sector is dominated by Digicel group and by Liberty Global, which acquired the long-time operator Cable & Wireless Communications and with it the network operator Columbus Communications. As a result, both actively compete against in other in a large number of countries in the region, and their fixed-line and mobile infrastructure assets allow them to provide bundled packages to customers. Digicel’s key offering, Digicel Play, is available in a growing number of markets. The company has concentrated investments in fibre networks and in LTE. In May 2017 it launched LTE services across Bermuda, the latest island to benefit from these investment efforts. The region’s economy has largely recovered from the downturn experienced after the 2008 GFC. The recovery of economies in the US and Europe was crucial for the recovery of the tourism sector, on which many countries rely for a good proportion of revenue. Trinidad & Tobago has a particularly vulnerable economy, since it is the region’s largest oil and gas exporter. The country has also become a major financial centre in the Caribbean. It is one of two countries in the region which is not part of Venezuela’s Petro-Caribe scheme that provides preferential or deferred payment options for buying oil. There have been ongoing changes in telecoms regulations across the region, with national regulators focussed on efforts to improve competition and to facilitate investment. In the Bahamas the regulator, the PUC, activated Mobile Number Portability in April 2017, allowing mobile subscribers to port their numbers between BTC and Cable Bahamas’ newly formed mobile unit Aliv within two hours of a request being made. Cable Bahamas expected that with MNP in place Aliv could capture a 30% share of the mobile market by the end of 2017. In the Cayman Islands, which has the highest teledensity in the region, the regulator ICTA which was set up in 2002 was replaced by a new regulatory body, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg), in January 2017. This new body combined ICTA with the Electricity Regulatory Authority and the Cayman Petroleum Inspectorate. Key developments: Digicel Bermuda launches island-wide LTE services; Bahamas regulator introduces MNP; Digicel showcases 100Gb/s technology on its Barbados network; Bahamas seen launch of Cable Bahamas’ mobile unit Activ; Digicel expands Digicel Play to new markets; New telecom regulator formed for Cayman Islands; Dominican Republic’s government delays adopting full digital terrestrial TV until 2021; Digicel Group launches ‘Digicel 2030’ transformation program; ECTEL continues to promote net neutrality rules; Sprint and Open Wireless combine their businesses in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. 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
    • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
      • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
      • Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
      • Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
      • Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
      • Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 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 - 2016
      • Digicel
    • 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
    • BROADBAND MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2012 - 2015
    • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers in select Caribbean countries - 2012 - 2015
  • ANGUILLA
    • Table Country data Anguilla - 2016 (e)
    • Table Anguilla communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Anguilla subscribers by service - 2005 - 2017
  • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
    • Table Country data Antigua and Barbuda - 2016 (e)
    • Table Antigua and Barbuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
    • Table Antigua and Barbuda fixed-telephony lines in service - 2005 - 2017
    • MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Antigua and Barbuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2017
  • ARUBA
    • Table Country data Aruba - 2016 (e)
    • Table Aruba fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
    • Table Aruba mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2017
  • BAHAMAS
    • Table Country data Bahamas - 2016 (e)
    • Table Bahamas fixed lines in services and penetration - 2000 - 2017
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bahamas mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2017
      • Second and third mobile licenses
    • INTERNET
      • Table Bahamas fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2017
    • SUBMARINE CABLES
  • BARBADOS
    • Table Country data Barbados - 2016 (e)
    • MARKET BACKGROUND
      • Table Barbados fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2005 - 2017
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2017
    • INTERNET
      • Table Barbados fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2017
  • BERMUDA
    • Table Country data Bermuda - 2016 (e)
    • MARKET BACKGROUND
      • Table KeyTech Group financial data - 2010 - 2017
    • MOBILE
      • Table Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2017
    • INTERNET
      • Table Bermuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Bermuda fixed lines in services - 2003 - 2017
    • SMART GRIDS
  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data British Virgin Islands - 2016 (e)
    • Table BVI broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2017
    • Table BVI fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2005 - 2017
    • Table BVI revenue from telecoms and ICT services - 2009 - 2017
    • MOBILE SERVICES
      • Table BVI active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2017
      • Table BVI mobile subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2017
  • CAYMAN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data Cayman Islands - 2016 (e)
    • Table Cayman Island subscribers by service - 2005 - 2016
    • Table Cayman Island penetration by service - 2005 - 2016
    • Table Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • MOBILE NETWORKS:
  • DOMINICA
    • Table Country data Dominica - 2016 (e)
    • Table Dominica communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Dominica fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
    • Table Dominica fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2017
    • Table Dominica mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2017
  • GRENADA
    • Table Country data Grenada - 2016 (e)
    • Table Grenada communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table Grenada fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
    • Table Grenada fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2017
    • Table Grenada mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2017
  • GUADELOUPE
    • Table Country data Guadeloupe - 2016 (e)
  • MARTINIQUE
    • Table Country data Martinique - 2016 (e)
  • MONTSERRAT
    • Table Country data Montserrat - 2016 (e)
    • Table Montserrat communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
  • (THE FORMER) NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
    • Table Country data Netherlands Antilles - 2016 (e)
    • Table Netherlands Antilles fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
  • ST KITTS AND NEVIS
    • Table Country data St Kitts and Nevis - 2016 (e)
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis fixed broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2017
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2017
    • Table St Kitts and Nevis fixed-lines in service - 2000 - 2017
  • ST LUCIA
    • Table Country data St Lucia - 2016 (e)
    • Table St Lucia communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Lucia fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
    • Table St Lucia fixed telephony subscribers - 2006 - 2017
    • MOBILE
      • Table St Lucia mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2017
  • ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
    • Table Country data St Vincent and the Grenadines - 2016 (e)
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
    • Table St Vincent and the Grenadines mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2017
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    • Table Country data Trinidad and Tobago - 2016 (e)
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago telecom revenue by service - 2013 - 2016
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago telecom subscribers by service - 2010 - 2016
    • Table Trinidad and Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) - 2013 - 2016
    • FIXED-LINE
    • MOBILE
      • Table Trinidad and Tobago mobile internet penetration - 2013 - 2016
  • TURKS AND CAICOS
    • Table Country data Turks and Caicos - 2016 (e)
  • UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
    • Table Country data United States Virgin Islands - 2016 (e)

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