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.
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.