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Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics - Guam

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics - Guam

Guam, a small but dynamic telecom market, is a major nexus between the USA and Asia

BuddeComm's report Guam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Guam, including industry and operator data updates and estimates through to 2014.


The island of Guam is a territory of the USA; its residents are US citizens, and its military installations are some of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific. Guam has one of the most advanced telecom systems in the Pacific region, with international connectivity ensured by no less than nine major submarine cable networks. As a result, Guam is considered a telecom hub, a nexus between the USA and Asia.

Telecom market competition

Despite its small size, Guam's telecom market is highly competitive, with three major companies providing both fixed line and mobile services; of these, two also compete in the pay TV market. The fixed-line leader is the incumbent GTA, while in the mobile and pay TV market, the leader is Docomo Pacific. Several minor companies provide services primarily to corporate customers. GTA's owner, Advantage Partners, has hired Citigroup to find a buyer for its stake in the operator.

Broadband market

Fixed broadband services are widely available on Guam, and mobile broadband is growing strongly thanks to the launch of HSPA and LTE services. The main broadband technologies are DSL and cable modem, which are both available throughout the island and reach most of the population. In terms of coverage, Guam is one of the most connected states/territories of the USA.

Key telecom parameters 2012 - 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2013 (e) | 2014 (e)
Subscribers to telecoms services:
Fixed-line telephony | 67,000 | 67,000 | 68,000
Fixed broadband | 82,000 | 73,000 | 75,000
Mobile telephony | 172,900 | 175,800 | 178,700
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market highlights:

Infrastructure and economic activity on the island is set to increase in preparation for a military personnel relocation due to take place in 2020;
IT&E was the first operator to roll out LTE services, in July 2012. It was followed by Docomo Pacific in October 2012, iConnect in March 2013, and GTA in October 2013;
Docomo Pacific completed the acquisition of pay TV and cable broadband operator Marians Cable Vision (MCV) in May 2013.

This report provides an overview of trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Guam.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry overviews;
Facts, figures, and statistics;
Telecommunications policies and regulatory issues;
Major players (fixed, mobile, and broadband);
Fixed-line market and infrastructure;
Internet and broadband market;
Broadcasting market;
Mobile market.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Guam's telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 Guam Public Utilities Commission (GPUC)
5.2.2 Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
5.3 Privatisation of GTA
5.4 Liberalisation
6. Fixed network operators in Guam
6.1 GTA
6.2 Docomo Pacific (previously MCV Broadband)
6.3 IT&E
6.4 Pacific Data Systems (PDS)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Infrastructure upgrades with broadband stimulus funds
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Broadband statistics
8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
8.2.1 Wholesale DSL broadband services
8.3 Cable modems
8.4 Wireless broadband
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
9. Broadcasting overview
9.1 GTA
9.2 Docomo Pacific
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Guam's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Mobile technologies
10.2.1 Overview
10.2.2 Fourth generation (4G) mobile - LTE
10.3 Major mobile operators
10.3.1 Docomo Pacific
10.3.2 GTA
10.3.3 IT&E Wireless
10.3.4 iConnect
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Guam 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Guam 2005 - 2012
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997; 2000 - 2014
Table 9 Internet users and user penetration rate 1997; 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2008 - 2014
Table 11 Key broadcasting statistics - 2014
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997; 2000 - 2014
Table 13 Mobile operators and technology 2010
Table 14 HafaTEL mobile subscribers (historic) 2004; 2006 - 2007
Chart 1 Mobile market evolution 2004 2014
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cables with landing points in Guam 2014
Exhibit 2 GuamCell brief company history
Exhibit 3 Guam Wireless Co (HafaTEL) brief company history

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