Jamaica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Flow Jamaica launches LTE on its mobile networks
The relative size and rapid expansion of the Jamaican mobile sector continues to underpin growth in the telecommunications industry. The merger between Digicel and Claro in 2012 strengthened Digicel's dominance of the sector, and the company has since extended its 3G network across the island and is looking to add LTE. This will considerably improve access to broadband services, and raise the relatively low penetration rate.
In early 2015 Cable & Wireless acquired Columbus Communications, so consolidating its leading market position in the region. The existing Flow brand for pay-TV services in Jamaica has been extended to most of Cable & Wireless's Caribbean footprint.
A number of regulatory measures have been in train, including the introduction of number portability and a system to monitor quality of service parameters for fixed and mobile telephony as well as internet services.
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.
Key telecom penetration by service 2015 (e) Subscriber penetration rate by service: | Penetration Fixed-broadband | 5.7% Fixed-line telephony | 9.5% Mobile SIM | 109% (Source: BuddeComm)
Flow Jamaica launches LTE services; Digicel expands FttP network; Columbus Communications acquired by Cable & wireless; Digicel completes nationwide WiMAX network using 2.5GHz spectrum assets; LIME embarks on $150 million investment program in Jamaica; LIME secures spectrum in the AWS band between 1710MHz and 2200MHz; Cable & Wireless Communications' East-West cable between Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic augments capacity for data and telephony services. Government sets up Quality of Service platform to incorporate fixed, mobile and internet services; New IXP opened to improve domestic internet traffic flow and reduce costs; Digicel completes acquisition of Telstar's broadband and cable TV operations; Updated report includes the regulator's market data, recent market developments.