Dominican Republic - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Dominican Republic telcos planning major investment to 2022
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 the rapid development of HSPA and LTE services, mobile broadband has also taken off.
The Dominican Republic’s income inequalities are still reflected in the distribution of telephony services, with many communities having very restricted access to service. The government has been addressing the issue of access in recent years and has funded a number of public projects to extend the reach of services to rural and underserved areas.
Considerable changes have developed since the auction of spectrum in May 2014, particularly with the launch of commercial LTE services.
Consolidation in the sector was affected when Orange Group, having invested some $150 million in its local network, sold Orange Dominicana to Altice Group. At the same time, Altice Group acquired the integrated telecoms services provider Tricom Telecom. Altice Group is looking to sell its local unit, while Vietnam’s Viettel in late 2018 expressed an interest in investing in the country’s telecom sector.
Claro announces major investment programs through to 2022;
Altice sells mobile tower business;
Progress made on National Fiber Optic Network project;
Altice incorporates Dominican Republic within a re-organised international division;
Wind Telecom expands LTE infrastructure;
Mobile Number Portability time reduced to two days;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.
Paul, May I congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable afternoon with the Minister. In providing the roundtable discussions between government and industry, it highlighted the strong interest by stakeholders in Broadband and its implementation but it also presented us with other issues and opportunities that we need to address.