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This report analyses general trends in the Caribbean telecom market,
including recent regulatory measures, telecom infrastructure updates and
developments in key sectors including mobile, broadband and

The telecom sector across the Caribbean region continues to be one of
the key growth areas. Given the lack of economic diversity in the
region, with a high dependence on tourism and activities such as
fisheries and offshore financial services, as well as oil refining in
Aruba and oil and gas exports in Trinidad & Tobago, the telecom sector
provides a relatively high contribution to overall GDP. Major growth
sectors include the mobile telephony and data segments, which continue
to attract operator investment. In addition there is growing investment
in fibre infrastructure, both for backhaul to support increasing traffic
and on the consumer level as the operators endeavour to attract
customers through offering full-service bundles.

The markets in these small countries have been progressively
liberalised, and there is effective competition in all sectors. There
are continuing efforts to promote number portability and end charges for
roaming, all of which will negatively affect telco revenue while being
aimed at spurring competition and improving the quality of services for

Although there are a large number of operators licensed to provide
services within individual markets, most of them are small and
localised. There are two regional operators: Digicel and Liberty Latin
America. The latter acquired the regional player Cable & Wireless
Communications in November 2015, a deal which also incorporated the
assets of Columbus Communications. The LIME brand used by Cable &
Wireless was discontinued in May 2016 in favour of the Flow brand, which
had been used by Columbus International for its fixed-line services. As
a result, Liberty Latin America and Digicel now compete more effectively
since they both offer mobile, fixed-line, pay-TV and internet services.

Liberty Latin America had been part of Liberty Global’s LiLAC share
group before January 2018 when the division (incorporating operations in
Chile, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean), was spun off.

Investment in telecoms was for several years affected by the global
financial crisis, which led to reduced revenue for operators,
scaled-back government programs and a weakened tourist sector. Although
there has been considerable recovery in economies of the region overall,
the telecom market continues to see price pressure for the main

Key Developments:

  • Digicel reports 4% fall in revenue for the quarter to December 2018;
  • Liberty Global spins off its Latin American and Caribbean businesses;
  • Operators expand FttP in several markets;
  • LTE expansion in several markets point to investment focus on data;
  • Report includes regulatory developments, operator data and statistics
    updates, recent market developments.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Telecommunications market

1.1 Overview

2 Caribbean Telecom Maturity Index

2.1 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

2.2 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

2.3 TMI versus GDP

3 Regulatory environment

3.1 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

3.2 Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)

3.3 Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

3.4 Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation

3.6 Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations

4 Major telecom operators in the Caribbean

4.1 Flow (Cable & Wireless/Liberty Global)

4.2 Digicel

4.3 Review of Digicel’s markets

4.4 Digicel’s financial performance

5 Telecommunications infrastructure

5.1 Submarine cable systems

6 Broadband market

6.1 Overview

7 Mobile communications

7.1 Overview

7.2 Mobile statistics

Companies Mentioned

  • Digicel
  • Cable & Wireless Communications
  • Globalstar
  • KeyTech
  • Liberty Global
  • LIME
  • Flow

For more information about this report visit

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[email protected]
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