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Dominican Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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BuddeComm’s Dominican Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts report profiles the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets in Dominican Republic.

Although enjoying a relatively modern and mostly digital telecom system, the Dominican Republic’s fixed-line teledensity is well below the Latin American average. Mobile penetration is nearly ten times higher than fixed-line teledensity, and is about average for Latin America.

The Dominican Republic’s income inequalities are still reflected in its telephone distribution; some people own multiple mobile phones each, yet there are communities comprising hundreds of families without access to a single phone line. The Dominican Republican government has been aggressively addressing the issue of access with a number of projects and a major broadband deployment partnership with incumbent Codetel.

Although the global financial crisis took its toll on the economies of the Caribbean region, which contracted by an average of 2% during 2009, the Dominican Republic stood in stark contrast with positive growth of over 3%. Consequently, investment in telecommunications and emerging services such as wireless broadband has remained strong.

This report contains overviews, analyses and statistics of the Dominican Republic’s fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets. The report also discussed convergence issues and provides forecasts of broadband and mobile phone subscriber growth.

Market highlights:

Internet use has grown rapidly in recent years, including an estimated 35% in 201, far above the global and regional average.The regulator Indotel has made progress in projecting voice and broadband services to rural parts of the country, soliciting funding from the World Bank to build a national fibre-optic network.

Despite the global economic downturn, investment in telecommunications has continued to grow strongly.

Mobile-phone subscriber growth has fallen since 2010, reflecting the relatively high penetration at about 100%.

The regulator in early 2012 allocated digital dividend spectrum for mobile services, which will go far to extending services to underserved rural regions.

Companies covered in this report include:

Claro (América Móvil); Orange Dominicana; Tricom; VIVA; Codetel; Tricom

Henry Lancaster March 2012

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country Overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4 Privatisation of Codetel
4.5 Foreign investment
4.6 Number portability
4.7 Digital gap
4.8 Digital rooms
5. Major fixed network operators in the Dominican Republic
5.1 Overview
5.2 Codetel (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
5.3 Tricom
5.4 Dgtec
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.3 Infrastructure developments
6.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.3 Cable modems
8.4 Wireless broadband
8.4.1 WiFi
8.4.2 WiMAX
8.4.3 Internet via satellite
8.5 Wholesale
9. Digital Media
9.1 Overview
9.2 Digital switchover
9.3 Pay TV
9.4 IPTV
10. Mobile phone market
10.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic’s mobile phone market
10.2 Spectrum issues
10.3 Mobile phone statistics
10.4 Major mobile phone operators
10.4.1 Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
10.4.2 Orange Dominicana
10.4.3 Tricom
10.4.4 VIVA (formerly Trilogy Dominicana)
10.5 Prepaid versus postpaid
10.6 Mobile data services
10.6.1 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
10.6.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
10.6.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11. Forecasts
11.1 Forecast mobile subscribers
11.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
12. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 – Country statistics Dominican Republic – 2011
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2011
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2011
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2011
Table 5 – Mobile phone statistics – 2011
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – GDP growth – 2000 - 2010
Table 8 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2012
Table 9 – Public phone data – 1996 - 2011
Table 10 – WLL lines in service – 1999 - 2011
Table 11 – VoIP subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Table 12 – Internet users – 1996 - 2012
Table 13 – Internet subscribers – 1996 - 2011
Table 14 – Internet subscribers by technology – 2005 - 2011
Table 15 – DSL residential and corporate subscribers – 2004 - 2011
Table 16 – Pay TV subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Table 17 – Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate – 1996 - 2012
Table 18 – Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers – 2001 - 2011
Table 19 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2011 - 2016
Table 20 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher market scenario – 2011 - 2016
Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic

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