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.
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
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
Telecom sector liberalisation
Fixed network operator
National telecom network
Submarine cable networks
Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
Fixed-line broadband market
Introduction and statistical overview
Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
Other infrastructure developments
Major mobile operators
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
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
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