Dominican Republic Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Publication Date: July 2024

Report Pages: 126

Dominican Republic’s telecom sector remains calm and steady in the face of Covid-19 upheaval

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 was expected to have seen close to 8% growth in 2021, building further on the gains it 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.

Key developments:

  • National electricity distributor ETED opens its fibre network to provide commercial fixed broadband services;
  • $115 million loan provided by the Inter-American Development Bank to finance broadband infrastructure projects in under-served parts of the country;
  • Report includes the regulator's market data to December 2021, telcos' financial and operating data updates to Q1 2022, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro Dominicana (América Móvil); Altice Dominicana; Orange Dominica; Tricom; Viva (Trilogy Dominicana); Centennial Dominicana; BEC-Tel; Wind Telecom; Onemax.

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