Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Guyana government scraps faulty fibre network

The only English-speaking nation in South America, Guyana has a small population with one of the lowest GDP rates in the region. Nevertheless, GDP growth has been steady in recent years and economic growth projections to the end of the decade are encouraging.

The incumbent telco Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T, rebranded as GTT in late 2015) is controlled by the US-based Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN). The company competes with Digicel in the mobile market but retains a monopoly over fixed-line services. Although GTT’s fixed-line monopoly was renewed for 20 years in December 2010 it drew to a close following the passing of the 2016 Telecommunications Act. However, during 2017 there were delays in negotiations between the government and GTT relating to the terms of the market liberalisation and so the monopoly is retained in practice. Digicel is expected to launch competing services in the fixed-line market as soon as it is able to do so.

Fixed broadband services have improved, especially since the opening of the SG-SCS submarine cable in mid-2010, but they are still comparatively slow and expensive, and the number of broadband subscribers is small. The submarine cable being proposed by Digicel would provide a second link to international cable infrastructure in the region, and would go far in reducing consumer pricing. The government’s plan to build a domestic network connecting government offices in remote and inland areas was halted by a newly elected government in 2015 and closed down in 2016, having been disastrously mismanaged.

In the mobile sector GTT’s mobile unit Cellink competes with Digicel Guyana. Both operate GSM/GPRS networks while Cellink in mid-2017 also launched a limited LTE service.

Key developments:

GTT launches LTE and fibre broadband services; NFMU opens three spectrum monitoring stations; government struggles to complete end to GTT’s monopoly; government closes the failed e-government network; E-Networks signs agreement to use O3b’s Fiber in the Sky satellite network; report update includes the regulator’s 2018 annual report, recent market developments.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authorities
    • 5.3 Privatisation of GTT
    • 5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 5.4.1 GTT’s licence and expansion plan
      • 5.4.2 Telecommunications Amendment Act
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GTT)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
    • 7.2 International
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.2 Satellite networks
    • 7.3 Fixed broadband market
    • 7.4 Broadband statistics
    • 7.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 7.5.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 7.5.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • 7.5.3 Other fixed broadband services
  • 8. Mobile market
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
    • 8.3 Mobile broadband
    • 8.4 Digital networks
      • 8.4.1 GSM
      • 8.4.2 LTE
      • 8.4.3 Satellite mobile
    • 8.5 Major mobile operators
      • 8.5.1 Cellink (GTT)
      • 8.5.2 Digicel Guyana
    • 8.6 Mobile content and applications
    • 8.7 M-payment services
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Guyana – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Guyana – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 8 – GTT revenue by sector – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
  • Table 13 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 16 – DSL subscribers – 2005- 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2011
  • Table 21 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 22 – GTT mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2014
  • Table 23 – Digicel Guyana revenue – 2013 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 14 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 4 19 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Guyana

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