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Dominican Republic - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

October 2020 | 108 pages | ID: D21613732881EN
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Dominican Republic proposes 5G tender spectrum for 2021 services

The Dominican Republic's fixed-line teledensity is well below the Latin American average, a legacy of under-investment in network infrastructure over the years. In common with other markets in the region, the mobile sector has become the preferred platform for voice services. With LTE services available to about 98% of the population, mobile broadband has also developed strongly in recent years.

The country's income inequalities are still reflected in the unequal distribution of telephony services, with many communities having very restricted access. The government has addressed the issue of access in recent years and has funded a number of public projects. In October 2020 the regulator issued a decree covering a number of areas, including universal access to broadband services, and the development of a national backbone network in cooperation with the electricity transmission network provider.

Considerable changes are anticipated in 2021 when a multi-spectrum auction is scheduled. This will enable the MNOs to launch 5G services, and thus help each the national broadband goals.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Claro announces major investment programs through to 2022;
  • Regulator announces project to deliver universal broadband access;
  • Dominican Transmission Electricity Transmission Company permitted to enter the fibre broadband market;
  • Altice sells mobile tower business;
  • Progress made on National Fiber Optic Network project;
  • Altice incorporates Dominican Republic within a re-organised international division;
  • Report update includes operator data to Q2 2020, regulator's market data to August 2020, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro (Am?rica M?vil); Altice Dominicana; Tricom; Viva (Trilogy Dominicana)
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

3 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Historical overview

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Fixed-line developments
5.4 Mobile network developments

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators
6.5 Mobile content and applications

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Market analysis
7.3 Broadband statistics
7.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Claro Dominicana
8.3 Tricom
8.4 Dgtec

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 Overview of the national telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure
9.3 Wholesale

10 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

11 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Dominican Republic 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of GDP 2010 2020
Table 3 Telecom sector revenue (RD$ billion) 2009 2019
Table 4 Telecom sector investment (RD$ billion) 2009 2019
Table 5 Annual mobile number portings 2009 2019
Table 6 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2025
Table 7 Postpaid and prepaid share of subscribers 2010 2020
Table 8 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers (million) 2010 2020
Table 9 SMS sent 2011 2020
Table 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 11 Mobile data lines by type 2011 2020
Table 12 Codetel mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 13 Altice Dominicana mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 14 Altice Dominicana revenue 2010 2020
Table 15 Altice Dominicana financial data ( million) 2010 2020
Table 16 Altice Dominicana revenue by sector ( million) 2014 2020
Table 17 Viva mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of internet subscribers 2010 2020
Table 19 Fixed-line internet subscribers by technology 2010 2020
Table 20 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2025
Table 21 Cable broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Table 22 DSL residential and corporate subscribers 2010 2020
Table 23 Altice Dominicana DSL and telephony subscribers 2014 2020
Table 24 Altice Dominicana fibre infrastructure 2014 2020
Table 25 Fibre broadband subscribers 2015 2020
Table 26 WiMAX subscribers 2011 2020
Table 27 Fixed lines in service 2010 2020
Table 28 International internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 29 Historic - GDP growth 2000 2009
Table 30 Historic - Fixed lines in service 1996- 2009
Table 31 Historic - Internet users 1996 2009
Table 32 Historic - Internet subscribers 1996 2009
Table 33 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 2009
Table 34 Historic - Cable broadband subscribers 2007 2009
Table 35 Historic - DSL residential and corporate subscribers 2004 2009
Table 36 Historic - WLL lines in service 1999 2011
Table 37 Historic - Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 1996 2009
Table 38 Historic - Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers 2002 2009
Table 39 Historic - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2009
Table 40 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1996 2009
Table 41 Historic - Altice Dominicana mobile subscribers 2008 2009
Table 42 Historic - Altice Dominicana revenue 2008 2009
Table 43 Historic - Tricom mobile subscribers 2011 2018
Chart 1 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2025
Chart 2 Postpaid and prepaid share of subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 3 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers 2010 2017
Chart 4 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 5 Mobile data lines by type (million) 2011 2020
Chart 6 Growth in the number of internet subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 7 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2025
Chart 8 Fixed lines in service 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic


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