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Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: June 18, 2020 Content info: 243 Pages
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Caribbean telecom sector revenue affected by COVID-19

Given the relative lack of economic diversity within the Caribbean, the telecoms sector accounts for a higher proportion of GDP in most markets in the region than is common elsewhere. In the long-term the sector remains one of steady growth, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments. However, such is the dependence on tourism for many of the islands states that lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, both within the Caribbean and among visitor countries, have had a dramatic effect on local economies. This has had a knock-on effect on consumer spending for telecom services and on operator revenue.

Although there are a number of smaller players operating, Digicel Group and Liberty Latin America are the dominant providers, with local business units spanning the region. Their fixed-line and mobile infrastructure assets have cemented their position as full-service providers. Competition between them has encouraged investments to expand the reach of fibre networks and LTE, while there is also goring interest in 5G infrastructure from Liberty's mobile unit Flow.

Digicel has invested widely in fibre infrastructure, though at the expense of Group free-cash flow at a time when the Group has amassed considerable debt. As of mid-2020, the Group's survival rests on its success in renegotiating loans of about $4.3 billion due by the end of 2022.

There have been ongoing changes in telecoms regulations across the region, with national regulators focussed on efforts to improve competition and facilitate investment.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

  • Digicel Group seeking to refinance debts;
  • Bahamas regulator imposes new wholesale broadband access regime on BTC and Cable Bahamas, issues revised National Spectrum Plan;
  • Bermudan regulator approves three new telecom licenses;
  • US government completes second subsea cable, linking Puerto Rico with Guantanamo Bay Naval Base;
  • Antigua government invests EC$80 million to improve state-owned telco's market competitiveness;
  • New telecom regulator formed for Cayman Islands;
  • Digicel Jamaica launches MyCash m-banking service;
  • Haiti sets up digital incubator to foster digital economy growth;
  • Report update includes regulators' annual reports and market updates, operator data to Q1 2020, ITU's market data, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Cable & Wireless, LIME, Flow, Liberty Global, Digicel Group, Orange Caraïbes, United Telecommunications Services (UTS), KeyTech, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, América Móvil, AT&T, Liberty Cablevision; OneLink Communications; T-Mobile; Open Mobile; Sprint PCS; Choice Cable.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Caribbean Market Comparison

  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • TMI versus GDP

COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Overview

Regulatory environment

  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
  • Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  • Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
  • Telecom sector liberalisation
  • Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO)

Mobile market

  • Overview

Fixed-line broadband market

Major telecom operators in the Caribbean

  • Flow (Cable & Wireless/Liberty Global)
  • Digicel
    • Review of Digicel's markets
    • Digicel's financial performance
    • Restructuring -2020

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Submarine cable systems

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Mobile market

Aruba

Bahamas

  • Regulatory measures
    • Access
    • National Spectrum Plan 2020-2023
  • Market competition
  • Fixed-line
  • Mobile
    • Second and third mobile licenses
  • Broadband
  • Submarine cables

Barbados

  • Market background
  • Mobile
  • Broadband

Bermuda

  • Market background
  • Mobile
  • Broadband
  • Smart grids

British Virgin Islands

  • Mobile market

Cayman Islands

  • Mobile networks:

Dominica

  • Mobile

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Martinique

Montserrat

Netherlands Antilles

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

  • Mobile

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Fixed-line
  • Mobile

Turks and Caicos

United States Virgin Islands

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Change in CWC's residential revenue by type - 2018 - 2020
  • Table 2 - Growth in the number of CWC's fixed-line RGUs by sector - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 3 - Growth in the number of CWC's mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 4 - Country data Antigua and Barbuda - 2020 (e)
  • Table 5 - Antigua and Barbuda subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 6 - Antigua and Barbuda penetration by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Antigua and Barbuda active mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 8 - Country data Aruba - 2020 (e)
  • Table 9 - Country data Bahamas - 2020 (e)
  • Table 10 - Bahamas - Change in telecom sector revenue - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 11 - Bahamas - Decline in fixed lines in service and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Bahamas - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Bahamas - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Bahamas - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Country data Barbados - 2020 (e)
  • Table 16 - Barbados - Fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Barbados - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Barbados - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Barbados - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 20 - Country data Bermuda - 2020 (e)
  • Table 21 - One Communications financial data - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 22 - Bermuda - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Bermuda - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 24 - BVI - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 25 - BVI - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 26 - BVI active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 27 - Cayman Islands - Change in the number of subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 28 - Cayman Islands - Change in penetration by service - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 29 - Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue - 2008 - 2017
  • Table 30 - Country data Dominica - 2020 (e)
  • Table 31 - Dominica - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 32 - Dominica - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 33 - Dominica - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 34 - Country data Grenada - 2020 (e)
  • Table 35 - Granada - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 36 - Granada - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 37 - Granada - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 38 - Country data St Kitts and Nevis - 2020 (e)
  • Table 39 - St Kitts and Nevis - Change in subscriber numbers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 40 - St Kitts and Nevis - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 41 - St Kitts and Nevis active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 42 - Country data St Lucia - 2020 (e)
  • Table 43 - St Lucia - Change in subscriber numbers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Table 44 - St Lucia - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 45 - St Lucia active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 46 - Country data St Vincent and the Grenadines - 2020 (e)
  • Table 47 - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Change in subscribers by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 48 - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Change in service penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 49 - St Vincent and the Grenadines active mobile broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 50 - Country data Trinidad & Tobago - 2020 (e)
  • Table 51 - Trinidad & Tobago telecom revenue by service - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 52 - Trinidad & Tobago telecom subscribers by service - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 53 - Trinidad & Tobago penetration by sector - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 54 - Trinidad & Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 55 - Trinidad & Tobago active mobile broadband penetration - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 56 - Historic - CWC financial data (Caribbean) - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 57 - Historic - CWC revenue by sector - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 58 - Historic - Digicel revenue by operating segment - 2013 - 2015
  • Table 59 - Historic - Digicel financial statistics - 2010 - 2015
  • Table 60 - Historic - Digicel revenue by geographic sector ($ million) - 2014 - 2015
  • Table 61 - Historic - Anguilla communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 62 - Historic - Anguilla subscribers by service - 2005 - 2015
  • Table 63 - Historic - Antigua and Barbuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 64 - Historic - Antigua and Barbuda fixed-telephony lines in service - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 65 - Historic - Antigua and Barbuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 66 - Historic - Aruba fixed-line telephony subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2015
  • Table 67 - Historic - Aruba fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2015
  • Table 68 - Historic - Aruba mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2015
  • Table 69 - Historic - Bahamas fixed lines in services and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 70 - Historic - Bahamas fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 71 - Historic - Bahamas mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 72 - Historic - Barbados fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 73 - Historic - Barbados mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 74 - Historic - Barbados fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 75 - Historic - - Barbados - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 76 - Historic - Bermuda mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 77 - Historic - Bermuda fixed lines in services - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 78 - Historic - Bermuda active mobile subscribers and penetration - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 79 - Historic - Bermuda fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 80 - Historic - BVI fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 81 - Historic - BVI revenue from telecoms and ICT services - 2009 - 2014
  • Table 82 - Historic - BVI mobile subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2009
  • Table 83 - Historic - Cayman Island subscribers by service - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 84 - Cayman Island penetration by service - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 85 - Historic - Dominica communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 86 - Historic - Dominica fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 87 - Historic - Dominica fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 88 - Historic - Dominica mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 89 - Historic - Grenada communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 90 - Historic - Grenada fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 91 - Historic - Grenada fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 92 - Grenada mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2018
  • Table 93 - Historic - Montserrat communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 94 - Historic - Netherlands Antilles fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2014
  • Table 95 - St Kitts and Nevis communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 96 - Historic - St Kitts and Nevis fixed broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2009
  • Table 97 - Historic - St Kitts and Nevis mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 98 - Historic - St Kitts and Nevis fixed-lines in service and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 99 - Historic - St Lucia communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 100 - Historic - St Lucia fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 101 - Historic - St Lucia fixed telephony subscribers - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 102 - Historic - St Lucia mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 103 - Historic - St Vincent and the Grenadines communications sector revenue - 2008 - 2013
  • Table 104 - Historic - St Vincent and the Grenadines fixed telephony subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 105 - Historic - St Vincent and the Grenadines fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 106 - Historic - St Vincent and the Grenadines mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Caribbean Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 2 - Caribbean mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 3 - Caribbean fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 4 - Caribbean Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 - Change in CWC's residential revenue by type - 2018 - 2020
  • Chart 6 - Growth in the number of CWC's fixed-line RGUs by sector - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 7 - Growth in the number of CWC's mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 8 - Antigua and Barbuda subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 9 - Antigua and Barbuda penetration by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 10 - Antigua and Barbuda active mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Bahamas - Change in telecom sector revenue - 2014 - 2019
  • Chart 12 - Bahamas - Decline in fixed lines in service and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Bahamas - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Bahamas - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Bahamas - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 16 - Barbados - Fixed telephony subscriptions and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Barbados - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Barbados - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Barbados - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - One Communications financial data - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 21 - Bermuda - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Bermuda - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - BVI - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - BVI - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - BVI active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Cayman Islands - Change in the number of subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Cayman Islands - Change in penetration by service - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Cayman Island telecom and broadcasting revenue - 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 29 - Dominica - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Dominica - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 31 - Dominica - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 32 - Granada - Change in the number of subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 33 - Granada - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 34 - Granada - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 35 - St Kitts and Nevis - Change in subscriber numbers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 36 - St Kitts and Nevis - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 37 - St Kitts and Nevis active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 38 - St Lucia - Change in subscriber numbers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 39 - St Lucia - Change in penetration of services by sector - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 40 - St Lucia active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 41 - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Change in subscribers by sector- 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 42 - St Vincent and the Grenadines - Change in service penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 43 - St Vincent and the Grenadines active mobile broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 44 - Trinidad & Tobago telecom revenue by service - 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 45 - Trinidad & Tobago telecom subscribers by service - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 46 - Trinidad & Tobago penetration by sector - 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 47 - Trinidad & Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) - 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 48 - Trinidad & Tobago ARPU by service (TT$) - 2010 - 2020

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Caribbean - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Select Country
  • Exhibit 2 - Major island reports of the Caribbean
  • Exhibit 3 - Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
  • Exhibit 4 - Digicel's Caribbean operations
  • Exhibit 5 - Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region
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