Suriname - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Suriname stays in middle rank for Telecom Maturity Index

The smallest nation on the South American continent, with just over 500,000 inhabitants, Suriname is also the only Dutch-speaking nation in South America, and it has closer affinities with the Caribbean than with its continental neighbours, and indeed is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The state-owned incumbent telco Telesur is the exclusive provider of fixed-line and broadband services in Suriname. However, in the mobile sector the company faces effective competition from Digicel, which in 2016 acquired the only other operator in the sector, Uniqa.

Suriname’s fixed-line infrastructure is reasonably reliable in the more populated coastal region, though poor in the interior. Fixed teledensity and broadband penetration are slightly lower than average for Latin America and the Caribbean, while mobile penetration is significantly above the regional average and much higher than would be expected given the country’s relatively low GDP per capita.

Many Surinamese have up to three mobile lines with different providers, which has pushed up penetration figures although the number of subscribers has fallen in recent years as consumers have responded to economic pressures. The mobile market supports only two players: Telesur (trading as TeleG), and Digicel (part of Digicel Group, a significant operator across the Caribbean region). In early 2015 Digicel acquired the only other operator, Uniqa, which only had about 5,000 subscribers. In January 2017 Digicel signed a deal to host the MVNO Transatel, which operates in a number of markets across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Although other ISPs offer dial-up and webmail services, Telesur is the only provider of fixed broadband, primarily using DSL technology. The company since 2013 has built out a fibre network in pars of Paramaribo.

Key developments:

  • Digicel has international link to Guyana cut;
  • Transatel enters the market as an MVNO on Digicel's network;
  • Telesur extends mobile broadband services;
  • Smartphones adoption facilitating success of Telesur's Mobile Agent service,
  • Telesur expands fibre network;
  • Report update includes recent market developments, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, ITU and regulator data to 2017.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison

    • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Middle-tier – Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier – Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
  • Fixed network operator

    • Telesur
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Infrastructure developments
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Broadband statistics
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Mobile broadband
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Major mobile operators
      • TeleG (Telesur)
      • Digicel Suriname
      • Uniqa
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Suriname – 2018
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Suriname – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 5 – International bandwidth – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 6 – Internet users and user penetration – 2010- 2019
  • Table 7 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 10 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Latin America –Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 2 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 3 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 4 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 5 – South America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 6 – Central America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 7 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 8 – Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Internet users and user penetration – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Suriname
  • Exhibit 2 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 – South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 – Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 5 – Submarine cable network link to Suriname

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Last updated 24 May 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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