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Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Guyana's mobile sector stimulated by m-payment services launchBuddeComm's report Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Guyana, including industry and operator data updates and estimates to 2014.


Guyana, a small country with about 780,000 inhabitants, is the only English-speaking nation in South America. Although GDP per capita is among the lowest in the region, GDP growth has been impressive in recent years and economic growth projections to 2015 are encouraging.

Guyana's fixed-line teledensity is above average for Latin America and much higher than would be expected given the country's poor economic indicators. Mobile and broadband penetration, however, are well below the regional average.

Liberalisation efforts

Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T), controlled by Atlantic Tele-Network Ltd (ATN), has a monopoly over fixed-line services, but it competes with Digicel in the mobile market.

GT&T's fixed-line monopoly was renewed for 20 years in December 2010, but before renewing it the government drafted a new Telecommunications Reform bill aimed at opening the telecom sector to competition. The bill was submitted in October 2010 to GT&T and Digicel for their comments, but was abandoned in September 2011 shortly before the national elections.

The new government continues to negotiate telecom reform with GT&T and Digicel, asserting that the international voice and data market will be liberalised in the near future, though no schedule has been set and the outcome remains uncertain.

Broadband marketGT&T's exclusivity does not extend to the broadband retail market, but the company is the only DSL operator, and the only competition comes from fixed-wireless broadband providers. Mobile companies have not yet launched mobile broadband in Guyana and therefore that option remains unavailable.

Although fixed broadband services have improved, especially since the opening of the SG-SCS submarine cable in mid-2010, they are still comparatively slow and expensive, and the number of broadband subscribers is small.

Mobile market

In the mobile sector, GT&T's mobile unit, Cellink, competes with Digicel Guyana for market share. Both companies operate GSM/GPRS networks.

Key telecom parameters 2014 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 20.9%
Fixed broadband | 5.3%
Mobile SIM (population) | 77.9%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market highlights:

The government of Guyana sold its 20% stake in GT&T to Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group, a Chinese state-owned company.
Guyana's delayed cable system, linking Georgetown with Lethem in Brazil, includes 560km of fibre-optic cable and a National Data centre.
Under its One Laptop per Family (OLPF) scheme, the government has distributed more than 11,000 laptops thus far, with some 70,000 laptops in the program.
GT&T blocks internet access for cybercafés that use third party applications for VoIP services.
GT&T launched a Mobile Money service in 2013, allowing customers to use their handsets to make financial transactions. The company signed agreements with several utility companies to receive bill payments through the system. In late 2013 Guyana Water signed on to the service, enabling customers to pay water bills using their mobile phones.
In 2013 GT&T rolled out a WiFi service across the University of Guyana campus

This report provides an overview of trends and developments in Guyana's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry overviews;
Facts, figures, and statistics;
Government policies and regulatory issues;
Major players (fixed, mobile, and broadband);
Fixed-line market and infrastructure;
Broadband market (including DSL and WiMAX);
Mobile market;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Guyana's telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
5.2.2 National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU)
5.3 Privatisation of GT&T
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Guyana
5.4.1 GT&T's licence and expansion plan
5.4.2 First efforts towards liberalisation
5.4.3 Start of mobile competition
5.4.4 Digicel's interim long distance licence
5.4.5 Telecommunications Amendment Bill
5.4.6 VoIP court case
5.5 Rates
6. Fixed network operators in Guyana
6.1 Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GT&T)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.2 International
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Broadband statistics
8.1.2 One Laptop per Family (OLPF)
8.2 DSL
8.3 WiMAX
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Guyana's mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Mobile technologies and mobile data services
9.3 Major mobile operators
9.3.1 Cellink (GT&T)
9.3.2 Digicel Guyana
9.4 Mobile voice services
9.4.1 Satellite mobile
9.5 M-payment services
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Guyana 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Guyana 2000 - 2013
Table 8 Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2013
Table 9 GT&T revenue by sector 2010- 2012
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 12 Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate 1998 - 2004
Table 13 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 15 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 16 DSL subscribers 2005- 2014
Table 17 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2004
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 20 Mobile operators' market share 2003 - 2014
Table 21 GT&T mobile subscribers 1999 - 2012
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2014
Chart 3 14 Internet users and user penetration rate 2005 2014
Chart 4 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2014
Chart 5 19 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2014
Chart 6 Mobile operators' market share 2003 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Guyana
Exhibit 2 GT&T at a glance

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