Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the Caribbean telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- June 2017 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

Caribbean operators ramp up investments in LTE and GPON fibre services

The telecoms sector is one of the Caribbean region’s major growth sectors, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments. Although there are a number of smaller players operating, the sector is dominated by Digicel group and by Liberty Global, which acquired the long-time operator Cable & Wireless Communications and with it the network operator Columbus Communications. As a result, both actively compete against in other in a large number of countries in the region, and their fixed-line and mobile infrastructure assets allow them to provide bundled packages to customers.

Digicel’s key offering, Digicel Play, is available in a growing number of markets. The company has concentrated investments in fibre networks and in LTE. In May 2017 it launched LTE services across Bermuda, the latest island to benefit from these investment efforts.

The region’s economy has largely recovered from the downturn experienced after the 2008 GFC. The recovery of economies in the US and Europe was crucial for the recovery of the tourism sector, on which many countries rely for a good proportion of revenue. Trinidad & Tobago has a particularly vulnerable economy, since it is the region’s largest oil and gas exporter. The country has also become a major financial centre in the Caribbean. It is one of two countries in the region which is not part of Venezuela’s Petro-Caribe scheme that provides preferential or deferred payment options for buying oil.

There have been ongoing changes in telecoms regulations across the region, with national regulators focussed on efforts to improve competition and to facilitate investment. In the Bahamas the regulator, the PUC, activated Mobile Number Portability in April 2017, allowing mobile subscribers to port their numbers between BTC and Cable Bahamas’ newly formed mobile unit Aliv within two hours of a request being made. Cable Bahamas expected that with MNP in place Aliv could capture a 30% share of the mobile market by the end of 2017.

In the Cayman Islands, which has the highest teledensity in the region, the regulator ICTA which was set up in 2002 was replaced by a new regulatory body, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg), in January 2017. This new body combined ICTA with the Electricity Regulatory Authority and the Cayman Petroleum Inspectorate.

Key developments:

  • Digicel Bermuda launches island-wide LTE services;
  • Bahamas regulator introduces MNP;
  • Digicel showcases 100Gb/s technology on its Barbados network;
  • Bahamas seen launch of Cable Bahamas’ mobile unit Activ;
  • Digicel expands Digicel Play to new markets;
  • New telecom regulator formed for Cayman Islands;
  • Dominican Republic’s government delays adopting full digital terrestrial TV until 2021;
  • Digicel Group launches ‘Digicel 2030’ transformation program;
  • ECTEL continues to promote net neutrality rules;
  • Sprint and Open Wireless combine their businesses in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Regional overview
    • 1.1 Telecommunications market
      • 1.1.1 Overview
    • 1.2 Regulatory environment
      • 1.2.1 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
      • 1.2.2 Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
      • 1.2.3 Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
      • 1.2.4 Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
      • 1.2.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 1.2.6 Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO)
    • 1.3 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
      • 1.3.1 Flow (Cable & Wireless/Liberty Global)
      • 1.3.2 Digicel
    • 1.4 Company timeline
    • 1.5 Review of Digicel’s markets
    • 1.6 Digicel’s financial performance
    • 1.7 Telecommunications infrastructure
      • 1.7.1 Submarine cable systems
    • 1.8 Broadband market
      • 1.8.1 Overview
    • 1.9 Mobile communications
      • 1.9.1 Overview
      • 1.9.2 Mobile statistics
  • 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 – CWC financial data (Caribbean) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 2 – CWC revenue by sector (Caribbean) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 3 – CWC subscribers by sector (Caribbean/BTC) – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Digicel financial statistics – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Digicel revenue by operating segment – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Digicel revenue by geographic sector ($ million) – 2014 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Active mobile broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Fixed broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Mobile subscribers in select Caribbean countries – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Country data Anguilla – 2016 (e)
  • Table 11 – Anguilla communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Anguilla subscribers by service – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Country data Antigua and Barbuda – 2016 (e)
  • Table 14 – Antigua and Barbuda fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Antigua and Barbuda fixed-telephony lines in service – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Antigua and Barbuda mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Country data Aruba – 2016 (e)
  • Table 18 – Aruba fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Aruba mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Country data Bahamas – 2016 (e)
  • Table 21 – Bahamas fixed lines in services and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Bahamas mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Bahamas fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Country data Barbados – 2016 (e)
  • Table 25 – Barbados fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Barbados fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Country data Bermuda – 2016 (e)
  • Table 29 – KeyTech Group financial data – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Bermuda fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Bermuda fixed lines in services – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Country data British Virgin Islands – 2016 (e)
  • Table 34 – BVI broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 35 – BVI fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 36 – BVI revenue from telecoms and ICT services – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 37 – BVI active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 38 – BVI mobile subscribers and penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Country data Cayman Islands – 2016 (e)
  • Table 40 – Cayman Island subscribers by service – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 41 – Cayman Island penetration by service – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 42 – Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 43 – Country data Dominica – 2016 (e)
  • Table 44 – Dominica communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 45 – Dominica fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Dominica fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Dominica mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Country data Grenada – 2016 (e)
  • Table 49 – Grenada communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 50 – Grenada fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 51 – Grenada fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 52 – Grenada mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 53 – Country data Guadeloupe – 2016 (e)
  • Table 54 – Country data Martinique – 2016 (e)
  • Table 55 – Country data Montserrat – 2016 (e)
  • Table 56 – Montserrat communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 57 – Country data Netherlands Antilles – 2016 (e)
  • Table 58 – Netherlands Antilles fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 59 – Country data St Kitts and Nevis – 2016 (e)
  • Table 60 – St Kitts and Nevis communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 61 – St Kitts and Nevis fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 62 – St Kitts and Nevis mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 63 – St Kitts and Nevis fixed-lines in service – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 64 – Country data St Lucia – 2016 (e)
  • Table 65 – St Lucia communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 66 – St Lucia fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 67 – St Lucia fixed telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 68 – St Lucia mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 69 – Country data St Vincent and the Grenadines – 2016 (e)
  • Table 70 – St Vincent and the Grenadines communications sector revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 71 – St Vincent and the Grenadines fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 72 – St Vincent and the Grenadines mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 73 – Country data Trinidad and Tobago – 2016 (e)
  • Table 74 – Trinidad and Tobago telecom revenue by service – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 75 – Trinidad and Tobago telecom subscribers by service – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 76 – Trinidad and Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 77 – Trinidad and Tobago mobile internet penetration – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 78 – Country data Turks and Caicos – 2016 (e)
  • Table 79 – Country data United States Virgin Islands – 2016 (e)
  • Exhibit 1 – Island territories of the Caribbean
  • Exhibit 2 – Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
  • Exhibit 3 – Digicel’s Caribbean operations
  • Exhibit 4 – Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region

Related Reports

Purchase this Report

US$1,010.00

Licence Information

Share this Report

Purchase with Confidence

As usual, you’ve done a splendid job of bringing an industry well and truly into the spotlight.

I think that without your input and passion, Australia would have barely scratched the surface of the benefits that can and will be achieved with the wholesale adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City concepts.

Glenn Latch, SKYZER TECHNOLOGIES

Special Offers

France - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$535.00 until 28 Jun 2017
(normal price US$1,075.00)

Spain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$505.00 until 28 Jun 2017
(normal price US$1,010.00)

United Kingdom - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
US$700.00 until 28 Jun 2017
(normal price US$1,400.00)

Events

2017 Australian Smart Communities Conference
More information


Events | Event Partners

Sample Reports

A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.


Download a Sample Report

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Consulting Services?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to Paul's FREE weekly News & Views.