Guam - Telecoms Market Overview & Statistics

Synopsis

The island of Guam has one of the most advanced telecommunications infrastructure and systems in the South Pacific region, accessible to the nexus of the Pacific’s underwater fibre optics cabling network, establishing Guam as a telecom hub for numerous international providers. Submarine cables link the island with Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Australia. Local fixed-line telephone services are provided by the Guam Telephone Authority (GTA), previously an autonomous government agency that was fully privatised by the sale to TeleGuam Holdings Growth in both the Internet and broadband sectors as well as the cellular mobile market (served by five operators) has been substantial since the beginning of the decade and this trend is expected to continue into 2009. A wireless broadband service via wireless hotspots was available throughout the island. At the same time, over 50% of the broadband market was being supplied via cable modem access.

This report was archived in April 2010, with all stats and data as last updated in 2008, see separate report: Guam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband for the latest available information.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Overview of Guam’s telecom market
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authorities
      • 5.1.1 Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
      • 5.1.2 Guam Public Utilities Commission (GPUC)
    • 5.2 Privatisation of GTA
  • 6. Fixed network operators in Guam
    • 6.1 GTA Teleguam
    • 6.2 Long-distance operators
      • 6.2.1 GTA
      • 6.2.2 IT&E
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fibre optic network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.2 GTA partners with Sprint in contract for DISN Transoceanic optical transport
      • 7.2.3 Inactive Cable plans and proposals
  • 8. Broadband and Internet market
    • 8.1 Internet market
    • 8.2 ISP market
      • 8.2.1 Spyder Internet
    • 8.3 DSL and cable modems
      • 8.3.1 Wholesale DSL broadband services
    • 8.4 Wireless broadband
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Overview of Guam’s mobile market
      • 9.1.1 NTT DoCoMo purchase of HafaTEL and Guam Cellular
    • 9.2 Local number portability (LNP)
    • 9.3 Major mobile operators
      • 9.3.1 GTA Wireless (Pulse Mobile)
      • 9.3.2 GUAMCELL
      • 9.3.3 Guam Wireless Co (HafaTEL)
      • 9.3.4 IT&E Wireless
      • 9.3.5 iConnect
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2008
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2008
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2008
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2008
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2008
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1997; 2000 - 2008
  • Table 8 – Mobile operators and technology
  • Table 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1994 - 2008
  • Table 10 – HafaTEL mobile subscribers – 2004; 2006 - 2007
  • Exhibit 1 – Guam ISPs and broadband providers – products and services
  • Exhibit 2 – GUAMCELL – Products and services
  • Exhibit 3 – HafaTEL products and services

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