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Suriname - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Suriname - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Suriname's insufficient international bandwidth capacity keeping pricing high

The smallest nation on the South American continent, with just over 500,000 inhabitants, Suriname is also the only Dutch-speaking nation in South America, and it has closer affinities with the Caribbean than with its continental neighbours. In the wake of various socio/political problems, the country's medium-term economic growth has slowed since 2011, when GDP grew at 5.3%. It has since fallen, to 4.1% in 2013 and an anticipated 3% for 2015.

The state-owned incumbent telco Telesur is the exclusive provider of fixed-line and broadband services in Suriname. However, the company faces strong competition from the mobile sector, which will be exacerbated in coming years as consumers continue to adopt mobile voice and data services in preference to fixed-line services. In 2013 Telesur launched VoIP services under the Telesur Internet Calling' brand.

Suriname's fixed-line infrastructure is reasonably reliable in the more populated coastal region, though poor in the interior. Fixed teledensity and broadband penetration are slightly lower than average for Latin America and the Caribbean, while mobile penetration is significantly above the regional average and much higher than would be expected given the country's relatively low GDP per capita.

Many Surinamese have up to three mobile lines with different providers, pushing penetration figures upward of 190%. The mobile market supports three main players: Telesur (trading as TeleG), Digicel (a significant operator across the Caribbean), and Uniqa. Digicel launched mobile services based on HSPA technology in mid-2014, initially to 85% of the population. UTS in mid-2013 put its loss-making Suriname operation up for sale.

Although other ISPs offer dial-up and webmail services, Telesur is the only provider of fixed broadband, primarily using ADSL technology. It competes with Uniqa, however, in the mobile broadband market. The company since 2013 has built out a fibre network in pars of Paramaribo.

Key telecom parameters 2015 (e)
Sector | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 15.4%
Fixed-broadband | 9.2%
Mobile telephony | 175%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

UTS sells Uniqa mobile division for a significant loss; Telesur extends mobile broadband services; smartphones adoption facilitating success of Telesur's Mobile Agent service, Telesur expands fibre network; report update includes broadband and internet estimates to 2016, mobile forecasts to 2021.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
6. Fixed network operator
6.1 Telesur
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
7.3.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.1.1 Broadband statistics
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
9.4 Mobile broadband
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Other infrastructure developments
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 TeleG (Telesur)
9.6.2 Digicel
9.6.3 Uniqa
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Suriname 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Suriname 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2009
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share 2010 - 2016
Table 10 Telsur financial data 2008- 2013
Table 11 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997 - 2009
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2016
Table 13 International bandwidth 2005 - 2014
Table 14 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 15 Internet users and user penetration 2015- 2016
Table 16 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 19 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2012
Table 20 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Telsur financial data 2008- 2013
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2016
Chart 4 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2016
Chart 5 Broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2002 2016
Chart 6 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Suriname
Exhibit 2 Telesur at a glance
Exhibit 3 Submarine cable network link to Suriname

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