Dominican Republic - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Dominican Republic - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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. Altice Group is looking to sell its local unit, while Vietnam's Viettel in late 2018 expressed an interest in investing in the country's telecom sector.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Claro announces major investment programs through to 2022;
Altice sells mobile tower business;
Progress made on National Fiber Optic Network project;
Altice incorporates Dominican Republic within a re-organised international division;
Wind Telecom expands LTE infrastructure;
Mobile Number Portability time reduced to two days;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.
Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro (América Móvil); Altice Dominicana; Tricom; Viva (Trilogy Dominicana)

1 Key statistics
2 Country Overview
3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation of Codetel
5.5 Foreign investment
5.6 Number Portability (NP)
6 Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Claro Dominicana
6.3 Tricom
6.4 Dgtec
7 Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Wholesale
8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9 Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Spectrum auctions
9.4 Mobile data
9.5 Mobile broadband
9.6 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
9.7 Regulatory issues
9.8 Mobile Infrastructure
9.9 Major mobile operators
9.10 Mobile content and applications
10 Glossary of abbreviations
11 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Dominican Republic 2018 (e)
Table 2 GDP growth 2000 2018
Table 3 Telecom sector revenue 2009 2016
Table 4 Telecom sector investment 2009 2016
Table 5 Historic - Fixed lines in service 1996- 2009
Table 6 Fixed lines in service 2010 2018
Table 7 International internet bandwidth 2001 2016
Table 8 Historic - Internet users 1996 2009
Table 9 Internet users 2010 2018
Table 10 Historic - Internet subscribers 1996 2009
Table 11 Internet subscribers 2010 2018
Table 12 Internet subscribers by technology 2011 2018
Table 13 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 2018
Table 14 Cable broadband subscribers 2007 2018
Table 15 DSL residential and corporate subscribers 2004 2018
Table 16 Altice Dominicana DSL and telephony subscribers 2015 2018
Table 17 Altice Dominicana fibre infrastructure 2015 2018
Table 18 Fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2018
Table 19 WiMAX subscribers 2013 2018
Table 20 WLL lines in service (historic) 1999 2011
Table 21 Historic - Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 1996 2009
Table 22 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 23 Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers 2001 2018
Table 24 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers 2002 2018
Table 25 SMS sent 2011 2018
Table 26 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018
Table 27 Mobile data lines by type 2013 2018
Table 28 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 29 Annual mobile number portings 2009 2016
Table 30 Codetel mobile subscribers 2015 2018
Table 31 Altice Dominicana mobile subscribers 2008 2018
Table 32 Altice Dominicana revenue 2008 2018
Table 33 Altice Dominicana financial data 2014 2018
Table 34 Altice Dominicana revenue by sector 2014 2018
Table 35 Tricom mobile subscribers 2015 2018
Table 36 Viva mobile subscribers 2015 2018
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service 2005 2018
Chart 2 Internet subscribers 2005 2018
Chart 3 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 4 Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers 2001 2018
Chart 5 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers 2002 2018
Chart 6 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018
Chart 7 Mobile data lines by type 2013 2018
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic

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