The Jamaica - Telecoms , Mobile and Broadband report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.
BuddeComm’s Jamaica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband, profiles the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets in Jamaica.
Although landline subscriber growth returned to positive figures in 2007 and 2008, fixed-line teledensity remains one of the lowest in the Caribbean and Cable & Wireless Jamaica continues to dominate this sector.
The entry of America Movil into the mobile sector and its imminent launch of 3G will further stimulate mobile market developments. Meanwhile the cable market is witnessing a period of rapid consolidation. Recent investment in wireless and cable broadband, together with the launch of two new submarine fibre optic cables, are expected to drive broadband growth in coming years.
This report contains overviews, analyses and statistics of the Jamaican fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets together with information on convergence issues and on the country’s fixed line incumbent and major mobile operators.
In mid-2008 C&WJ announced plans to launch a 3G network by year-end, offering Internet speeds faster than C&WJ’s existing fixed-line Internet services. C&WJ, however, failed to launch its 3G network by the expected date. Claro, on the other hand, had launched a new 3G network covering 70% of the population by end-2008, with completion of its island-wide network expected during the first quarter of 2009.
In September 2008, Digicel had around 1.9 million subscribers in Jamaica, representing around 70% of the mobile market. The acrimonious relationship between Digicel and C&W also looked set to continue into 2009 when in January 2009 Digicel announced its intention to sue C&W for defamation following C&W’s claim that Digicel was blocking calls made to its network.
In mid-December 2008 Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) invited proposals to bid for the provision of wireless broadband services in the 2.3GHz spectrum band, suitable for either WiMAX or 3G technology. Contrary to widely held-expectations, in mid-February 2009 it was revealed that only one company had come forward with a WiMAX proposal, though the identity of the company was not disclosed. The global financial crisis was suggested as a possible reason for there not being more proposals submitted. The SMA said it would assign this one licence and reserve the right to issue another licence to a competitor at a later date should it be deemed necessary.
In June 2008 the BCJ called for applications from cable operators for a number of island-wide subscriber television (STV) wireless licences. Applicants were asked to indicate whether they also intended to utilise the wireless cable distribution network for services other than television, such as voice and data services. The deadline for applications was August 2008. In early 2009 the BCJ was evaluating the applications.