Dominican Republic - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
USA to support digitalisation in the Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic's fixed-line teledensity is well below the Latin American average, a legacy of under-investment in network infrastructure over the years. In common with other markets in the region, the mobile sector has become the preferred platform for voice services. With the rapid development of HSPA and LTE services, mobile broadband has also taken off. The Dominican Republic's income inequalities are still reflected in the distribution of telephony services, with many communities having very restricted access to service. The government has been addressing the issue of access in recent years and has funded a number of public projects to extend the reach of services to rural and underserved areas. Considerable changes have developed since the auction of spectrum in May 2014, particularly with the launch of commercial LTE services. Consolidation in the sector was affected when Orange Group, having invested some $150 million in its local network, sold Orange Dominicana to Altice Group. At the same time, Altice Group acquired the integrated telecoms services provider Tricom Telecom.
Regulator signs agreement with the FCC to restart digital broadcasting switchover process; progress made on National Fiber Optic Network project; Orange Dominicana rebranded as Altice Hispaniola; Aster contracts Ericsson to deploy its Mediaroom TV platform; Wind Telecom expands LTE infrastructure; Telemicro acquires Viva; mobile number portability time reduced to two days; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2017, operator data to Q1 2017, recent market developments. Market penetration rates in Dominican Republic's telecoms sector 2016 Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration Fixed-line telephony | 11.5% Fixed broadband | 6.8% Mobile SIM (population) | 87.3% (Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)