2015 Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Publication Overview

This report analyses the telecom market in the Caribbean, including recent regulatory measures and statistics, telecom infrastructure updates and developments in key sectors including mobile, broadband, cable TV, IPTV and fixed-telephony. It provides data and analyses on the main fixed-line and mobile operators as well as ISPs, and assesses the state of market liberalisation.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- March 2015 (13th Edition)

Executive Summary

Consolidation strengthens regional players struggling for revenue growth

The telecoms sector in the Caribbean sector remains one of the region’s major growth industries, particularly in the mobile telephony and data sectors. The two main telcos in the region are Cable & Wireless Communications, operating services under the LIME brand, and Digicel. Along with Bermuda-based KeyTech, these operators have spearheaded consolidation in the region through a number of acquisitions. This has been aimed at strengthening their presence across a wider number of markets, as also diversifying their offerings. Digicel in particular has emerged from its mobile-centric platform offering to include pay-TV services through acquiring a number of small cable TV operators and ISPs providing IPTV. For its part, CWC’s recent acquisition of Columbus International represents a continuation of existing collaborations on network assets in the region. The deal provides CWC with greater reach through subsea cable infrastructure which extends to many more markets in the Caribbean, with links to both North and South America.

The countries covered in this are principally dependent on tourism for revenue, and as such their economies can be affected by economic difficulties experienced within the principal client states (the US notably, as also some European countries from where most tourists to the region are derived).

Other than tourism, countries in the region have some small-scale primary industries, to a greater or lesser degree based on fisheries, bauxite and other minerals, and timber. Given the paucity of a manufacturing base, the telecoms sector accounts for a larger proportion of GDP than may be found elsewhere, at between 4% and 6%. Growth in telecoms revenue is expected to be low into 2015, at perhaps 1-2%. Further competition anticipated later in 2015 and in 2016 as a result of new mobile licences, will place additional pressure on pricing and so further dampen the potential for growth among the key regional telcos.

Key developments:

  • Trinidad and Tobago open an IXP;
  • Digicel T&T launches FttP services;
  • MNP in T&T launched in February 2015;
  • UTS sells loss-making subsidiaries in Suriname and Saint Kitts & Nevis;
  • Caribbean Research and Education Network (CaribNET) network delivers connectivity to international research stations;
  • KeyTech acquires TeleCayman and BOTCAT Holdings;
  • Digicel switches on HSPA in the BVI, providing 95% coverage;
  • CWC invests $30 million in Cayman Island infrastructure;
  • ECTEL updates schedule on release of 700MHz spectrum;
  • CWC reduces ownership of BTC to 49%;
  • BTC issue of third mobile licence delayed to at least 2018;
  • Legislative amendments extend jurisdiction of the Barbadian telecom regulator to include mobile services;
  • Bermuda’s KeyTech acquires Cablevisión;
  • Bermuda Telephone Company acquired by Digicel;
  • CWC acquires Columbus International; regulatory developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cable & Wireless, LIME, Digicel, Orange Caraïbes, United Telecommunications Services (UTS), KeyTech.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Regional Overview
    • 1.1 Telecommunications market
    • 1.2 Regulatory environment
      • 1.2.1 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
      • 1.2.2 Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
      • 1.2.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 1.2.4 Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO)
    • 1.3 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
      • 1.3.1 LIME (Cable & Wireless)
      • 1.3.2 Digicel
    • 1.4 Telecommunications infrastructure
      • 1.4.1 Submarine cable systems
    • 1.5 Broadband market
      • 1.5.1 Overview
    • 1.6 Mobile communications
      • 1.6.1 Overview of mobile markets in the Caribbean
      • 1.6.2 Satellite mobile
  • 2. Anguilla
  • 3. Antigua and Barbuda
    • 3.1 Mobile market
  • 4. Aruba
  • 5. Bahamas
    • 5.1 Mobile
      • 5.1.1 Second and third mobile licenses
    • 5.2 Internet
    • 5.3 Submarine cables
  • 6. Barbados
    • 6.1 Market background
    • 6.2 Mobile
    • 6.3 Internet
  • 7. Bermuda
    • 7.1 Market background
    • 7.2 Mobile
    • 7.3 Internet
    • 7.4 Smart grids
  • 8. British Virgin Islands
    • 8.1 Mobile services
  • 9. Cayman Islands
    • 9.1 Mobile networks:
  • 10. Dominica
  • 11. Grenada
  • 12. Guadeloupe
  • 13. Martinique
  • 14. Montserrat
  • 15. (The former) Netherlands Antilles
  • 16. St Kitts and Nevis
  • 17. St Lucia
    • 17.1 Mobile
  • 18. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 19. Trinidad and Tobago
    • 19.1 Fixed-line
    • 19.2 Mobile
  • 20. Turks and Caicos
  • 21. United States Virgin Islands
  • Table 1 –Caribbean GDP – 2003 - 2015
  • Table 2 – LIME financial data (Caribbean) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 3 – LIME revenue by sector – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 4 – Digicel Group financial data – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 5 – Internet users and penetration rate in Caribbean countries – Jun 2014
  • Table 6 – Country data Anguilla – 2015 (e)
  • Table 7 – Anguilla communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Country data Antigua and Barbuda – 2015 (e)
  • Table 9 – Antigua and Barbuda fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Antigua and Barbuda fixed-telephony lines in service – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Antigua and Barbuda mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Country data Aruba – 2014 (e)
  • Table 13 – Country data Bahamas – 2015 (e)
  • Table 14 – Country data Barbados – 2015 (e)
  • Table 15 – Country data Bermuda – 2015 (e)
  • Table 16 – KeyTech Group financial data – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Country data British Virgin Islands – 2015 (e)
  • Table 18 – Country data Cayman Islands – 2015 (e)
  • Table 19 – Cayman Island subscribers by service – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Cayman Island penetration by service – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 22 – Country data Dominica – 2015 (e)
  • Table 23 – Dominica communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Country data Grenada – 2015 (e)
  • Table 25 – Grenada communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Country data Guadeloupe – 2015 (e)
  • Table 27 – Country data Martinique – 2015 (e)
  • Table 28 – Country data Montserrat – 2015 (e)
  • Table 29 – Montserrat communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 30 – Country data Netherlands Antilles – 2015 (e)
  • Table 31 – Country data St Kitts and Nevis – 2015 (e)
  • Table 32 – St Kitts and Nevis communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Country data St Lucia – 2015 (e)
  • Table 34 – St Lucia communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 35 – Country data St Vincent and the Grenadines – 2015 (e)
  • Table 36 – St Vincent and the Grenadines communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 37 – Country data Trinidad and Tobago – 2015 (e)
  • Table 38 – Trinidad and Tobago telecom revenue by service – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 39 – Trinidad and Tobago telecom subscribers by service – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 40 – Country data Turks and Caicos – 2015 (e)
  • Table 41 – Country data United States Virgin Islands – 2015 (e)
  • Chart 1 – LIME revenue by sector – 2010 – 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
  • Exhibit 2 – Digicel’s Caribbean operations
  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region

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