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.

Key developments:

  • 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.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro (América Móvil); Altice Dominicana; Tricom; Viva (Trilogy Dominicana)

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country Overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation of Codetel
    • Foreign investment
    • Number Portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • Claro Dominicana
    • Tricom
    • Dgtec
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Wholesale
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed broadband services
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Spectrum auctions
    • Mobile data
      • SMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Regulatory issues
      • Spectrum
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Infrastructure
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 2G
    • Major mobile operators
      • Claro Dominicana (Codetel)
      • Altice Dominicana
      • Tricom
      • Trilogy Dominicana (Viva)
    • Mobile content and applications
      • Mobile banking
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Dominican Republic – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – GDP growth – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telecom sector revenue – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 4 – Telecom sector investment – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Historic - Fixed lines in service – 1996- 2009
  • Table 6 – Fixed lines in service – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 7 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 – 2016
  • Table 8 – Historic - Internet users – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 9 – Internet users – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - Internet subscribers – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 11 – Internet subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Internet subscribers by technology – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 15 – DSL residential and corporate subscribers – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Altice Dominicana DSL and telephony subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Altice Dominicana fibre infrastructure – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 19 – WiMAX subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 20 – WLL lines in service (historic) – 1999 – 2011
  • Table 21 – Historic - Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Postpaid and prepaid subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 25 – SMS sent – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Mobile data lines by type – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 29 – Annual mobile number portings – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 30 – Codetel mobile subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Altice Dominicana mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Altice Dominicana revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 33 – Altice Dominicana financial data – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Altice Dominicana revenue by sector – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Tricom mobile subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Viva mobile subscribers – 2015 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Postpaid and prepaid subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Mobile data lines by type – 2013 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic

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