Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Guyana government budgets for national broadband project

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, since 2017 there have been delays in negotiations between the government and GTT relating to the terms of the market liberalisation and so the monopoly has been retained in practice: GTT claims that it enjoys a monopoly on international voice and data services until 2030. Digicel is expected to launch competing services in the fixed-line market as soon as it is able to do so. During 2018 the government continued to meet with Digicel and GTT’s parent company Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN) regarding licensing terms and the benefits expected to develop from market liberalisation.

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 remains 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. However, in the 2019 budget funds have been made available to promote the use of ICTs for a range of e-government, e-health and tele-education services, as well as to build ICT hubs in remote areas affecting a number of communities.

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:

  • New telecom sector regulator set up;
  • Government allocates funds for ICT development in 2019 budget;
  • GTT launches LTE and fibre broadband services;
  • Digicel Guyana has microwave link with Suriname shut down;
  • Three spectrum monitoring stations opened;
  • Government struggles to complete end to GTT’s monopoly;
  • E-Networks signs agreement to use O3b’s Fiber in the Sky satellite network;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s 2017 annual report, ITU’s 2017 market data, 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. Digital economy
    • 9. Mobile market
      • 9.1 Market analysis
      • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.3 Mobile broadband
      • 9.4 Digital networks
        • 9.4.1 GSM
        • 9.4.2 LTE
        • 9.4.3 Satellite mobile
      • 9.5 Major mobile operators
        • 9.5.1 Cellink (GTT)
        • 9.5.2 Digicel Guyana
      • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.7 M-payment services
    • 10. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Guyana – 2018 (e)
    • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Guyana – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 3 – GTT revenue by sector – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 4 – GTT International revenue by sector (new style) – 2015 - 2018
    • Table 5 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2009
    • Table 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 7 – International internet bandwidth – 2004 - 2017
    • Table 8 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 9 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 11 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 12 – DSL subscribers – 2005- 2016
    • Table 13 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
    • Table 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 16 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 2003 - 2011
    • Table 17 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2018
    • Table 18 – GTT mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2014
    • Table 19 – Digicel Guyana revenue – 2013 - 2015
    • Chart 1 – GTT International revenue by sector (new style) – 2015 – 2018
    • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 3 10 – Internet users and user penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 5 15 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 – 2018
    • Exhibit 1 – Map of Guyana

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