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Dominican Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • January 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 41 pages

Sharp drop in mobile subscriber base as dormant SIM cards are cancelled
BuddeComm's publication, Dominican Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecoms market in the second largest economy in the Caribbean.
Although enjoying a relatively modern and mostly digital telecom system, the Dominican Republic's fixed-line teledensity is well below the Latin American average. Mobile penetration is nearly ten times higher than fixed-line teledensity, and is about average for Latin America.
The Dominican Republic's income inequalities are still reflected in its telephone distribution; some people own multiple mobile phones each, yet there are communities comprising hundreds of families without access to a single phone line. The Dominican Republican government has been aggressively addressing the issue of access with a number of projects and a major broadband deployment partnership with the incumbent Codetel.

Although the global financial crisis took its toll on the economies of the Caribbean region, which contracted by an average of 2% during 2009, the Dominican Republic stood in stark contrast with positive growth of over 3%. Consequently, investment in telecommunications and emerging services such as wireless broadband has remained strong.
Considerable changes are expected in the mobile sector, with the anticipated auction of spectrum in the AWS and 900MHz bands which had been cancelled in 2011. Operators have launched commercial LTE services.

Consolidation in the sector was seen in late 2013 when Orange Group, having invested some $150 million in its local network, sold Orange Dominicana to Altice Group. At the same time, Altice group acquired the integrated telecoms services provider Tricom Telecom (both deals closed in 2014).
This report contains overviews, analyses and statistics of the Dominican Republic's fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets. The report also discusses convergence issues and provides forecasts of broadband and mobile phone subscriber growth. It contains the regulator's market data updates to September 2014, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2014, and recent market developments.

Dominican Republic Key telecom parameters 2014 (e)
Market penetration by service: | Penetration
Broadband | 5.1%
SIM penetration (population) | 91.3%
Fixed-line telephony | 12.5%

Market highlights:

Internet use has grown rapidly in recent years, far above the global and regional average.
The regulator, Indotel, has made progress in projecting voice and broadband services to rural parts of the country, soliciting funding from the World Bank to build a national fibre-optic network.
Despite the global economic downturn, investment in the telecoms sector has continued to grow strongly.
The regulator in early 2012 allocated digital dividend spectrum for mobile services, which will go far in extending services to underserved rural regions.
The MNO Orange Dominicana launched the first LTE network in the Dominican Republic in mid-2012, initially in Santo Domingo and offering peak data speeds of up to 100Mb/s. The operator has invested more than $150 million in expanding and upgrading its network.
In early 2012 the government passed Law 01-2012 (National Development Strategy) which released the digital dividend 700MHz band for mobile services. The country now has 818MHz allocated for mobile telephony and broadband compared to 270MHz in 2002.

Tricom during 2013 upgraded its LTE network, and has migrated its CDMA subscribers to the new platform. The operator was acquired by Altice Group in late 2013.
The government has distributed around one million decoders to help the transition to digital TV, part-funded by revenue from spectrum auctions.
Wind telecom in June 2014 contracted ZTE to build an LTE network.
The regulator in May 2014 auctioned spectrum in the 1700-2100MHz and 941-960MHz bands, which will go far to stimulating the mobile broadband sector.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the Dominican Republic's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:
Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Major players, revenues, subscribers;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (DSL, cable TV, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years.

Companies covered in this report include:

Claro (América Móvil); Orange Dominicana; Tricom; VIVA; Codetel; Tricom

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in the Dominican Republic. It provides further information on:
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
Mobile developments, regulatory issues and technologies including LTE;
Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts.

Table Of Contents

Dominican Republic - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country Overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4 Privatisation of Codetel
4.5 Foreign investment
4.6 Number portability
5. Major fixed network operators in the Dominican Republic
5.1 Overview
5.2 Codetel (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
5.3 Tricom
5.4 Dgtec
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.3 Infrastructure developments
6.3.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.3 Cable modems
8.4 Wireless broadband
8.4.1 WiFi
8.4.2 WiMAX
8.4.3 Internet via satellite
8.4.4 Mobile broadband
8.5 Wholesale
9. Digital Media
9.1 Overview
9.2 Digital switchover
10. Broadcasting
10.1 Pay TV
10.2 IPTV
10.3 Video-on-Demand
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Overview of the Dominican Republic's mobile phone market
11.2 Spectrum issues
11.3 Mobile statistics
11.4 Major mobile operators
11.4.1 Claro (formerly Verizon Dominicana)
11.4.2 Orange Dominicana
11.4.3 Tricom
11.4.4 VIVA (formerly Trilogy Dominicana)
11.5 Prepaid versus postpaid
11.6 Mobile data services
11.6.1 High capacity mobile voice/data services (1xRTT)
11.6.2 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
11.6.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11.6.4 Mobile banking
12. Forecasts
12.1 Forecast mobile subscribers
12.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
13. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Dominican Republic 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile phone statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Tricom subscribers by sector 2014
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service 1996- 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service 2005- 2014
Table 11 WLL lines in service (historic) 1999 - 2011
Table 12 VoIP subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 13 Historic - Internet users 1996 2004
Table 14 Internet users 2005 2014
Table 15 Historic - Internet subscribers 1996 2004
Table 16 Internet subscribers 2005 2014
Table 17 Proportion of internet subscribers by technology 2005 - 2011
Table 18 Internet subscribers by technology 2011 - 2013
Table 19 DSL residential and corporate subscribers 2004 2013
Table 20 Cable broadband subscribers 2007; 2011 - 2013
Table 21 Mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 22 Pay TV subscribers 2008 2014
Table 23 Historic - Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 1996 - 2004
Table 24 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 25 Orange Dominicana subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 26 Orange Dominicana revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 27 Postpaid and prepaid percentage of subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 28 Postpaid and prepaid subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 29 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2011 - 2016
Table 30 Forecast mobile subscribers higher market scenario 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service 2005- 2014
Chart 2 Internet subscribers 2005 2014
Chart 3 Mobile phone subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks serving the Dominican Republic

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