The Dominican Republic’s telecom sector continued its solid though unspectacular form throughout 2020 and into 2021, shrugging off the economic turmoil unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain a decade-long run of low but positive growth across all areas of the market.
A show of stability in the face of widespread disruption is a sure sign of strength in the sector, yet the Dominican Republic remains behind most of its counterparts in the Latin American region, especially in terms of fixed-line network coverage. Mobile penetration is more on a par with the regional average, but at penetration levels of around 88% there is still ample opportunity for growth.
In terms of growth, the standout winner was once again the mobile broadband segment. The market is expected to see close to 8% growth in 2021, building further on the gains it already made in 2020 when lockdowns and work-from-home rules encouraged many people to find ways to upgrade their internet access and performance. The limited coverage of fixed-line broadband networks makes mobile the first, if not only, choice for most people in the country.
Claro Dominicana (América Móvil); Altice Dominicana; Orange Dominica; Tricom; Viva (Trilogy Dominicana); Centennial Dominicana; BEC-Tel; Wind Telecom; Onemax.
Paul has been a relentless advocate and tireless activist for making the world a more connected place.
His passion for broadband and his firm belief in its transformational impact on societies across the globe is unrivalled.
I am honoured to call Paul a friend and I trust he will keep up the fight for better broadband and better access to broadband for all people, wherever they live and whatever their background, into the future.
Senator Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
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