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Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: November 30, 2020 Content info: 94 Pages
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Guyana's oil revenue potential for telecom infrastructure upgrades

The only English-speaking nation in South America, Guyana has a small population which traditionally had one of the lowest GDP rates in the region. Although GDP growth had been steady in recent years, the sale of oil from offshore reserves which started in February 2020 promises to completely transform the economy. With good stewardship, oil revenue has the potential to lead to a major overhaul of the country's infrastructure, including the aging telecom networks.

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 still 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. In 2019 the government signed an MoU with ATN regarding licensing terms and the benefits expected to develop from market liberalisation. However, relations between the company and government are fraught, not least in relation to tax arears amounting to some $44 million.

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 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 were 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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus has had 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:

  • Sale of extracted oil begins, though hopes of a financial windfall are diluted by the crash in demand caused by the pandemic;
  • GTT expands 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 2018 annual report, ITU's 2019 market data, operator data to Q3 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector recent market developments.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional Latin America Market Comparison

  • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
    • Top-tier - Market Leaders
    • 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

Country overview

COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

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

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Privatisation of GTT
  • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • GTT's licence and expansion plan
    • Telecommunications Amendment Act

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 4G (LTE)
    • GSM
    • Satellite mobile
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Cellink (GTT)
    • Digicel Guyana
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-payment services

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Broadband statistics
  • Fixed-line broadband technologies
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed broadband services

Digital economy

Fixed network operators

  • Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GTT)

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • National telecom network
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine cable networks
    • Satellite networks

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Guyana - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Evolution of GDP in Guyana - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 3 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 4 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2014 - 2025
  • Table 5 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 6 - Change in the number of DSL subscribers - 2010- 2020
  • Table 7 - GTT International revenue by sector (new style) - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 8 - GTT International revenue by sector - 2019 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Change in the number of GTT International's subscribers by sector - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 11 - International internet bandwidth - 2004 - 2017
  • Table 12 - Historic - Evolution of GDP in Guyana - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 13 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
  • Table 14 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009
  • Table 15 - Historic - Mobile operators' market share - 2003 - 2011
  • Table 16 - Historic - GTT mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2014
  • Table 17 - Historic - Digicel Guyana revenue - 2013 - 2015
  • Table 18 - Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 19 - Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate - 2010 - 2015
  • Table 20 - Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 21 - Historic - DSL subscribers - 2005- 2009
  • Table 22 - Historic - GTT revenue by sector - 2010 - 2015

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 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 11 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2014 - 2025
  • Chart 12 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 13 - Development of GTT International's revenue by sector (new style) - 2015 - 2019
  • Chart 14 - Change in the number of GTT International's subscribers by sector - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 - Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 - Map of Guyana
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