Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics - New Study Released

New Wireless research report from BuddeComm is now available from Fast Market Research

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BuddeComm's report Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications market of Guyana, including industry and operator data updates and estimates to 2015.

The only English-speaking nation in South America, Guyana has a small population with among the lowest GDP rates in the region. Nevertheless, GDP growth has been impressive in recent years and economic growth projections to 2015 are encouraging.

Guyana's fixed-line teledensity is above average for Latin America and much higher than would be expected given the country's poor economic indicators. Mobile and broadband penetration, however, are well below the regional average.

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Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T), controlled by Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN), has a monopoly over fixed-line services, but it competes with Digicel in the mobile market.

GT&T's fixed-line monopoly was renewed for 20 years in December 2010, but before renewing it the government drafted a new Telecommunications Reform bill aimed at opening the telecom sector to competition. The bill was abandoned in September 2011 shortly before the national elections, but was again brought under consideration in 2014. It includes provisions to fund a Universal Services Fund through a tax on telcos' revenue.

Although GT&T's exclusivity does not extend to the broadband retail market, the company is the only DSL operator. The only effective competition comes from fixed-wireless broadband providers. Neither of the two mobile operators yet offer a 3G service, which the company's attribute to the lack of available spectrum.

Although fixed broadband services have improved, especially since the opening of the SG-SCS submarine cable in mid-2010, they are still comparatively slow and expensive, and the number of broadband subscribers is small. The submarine cable being proposed by Digicel would provide a second link to international cable infrastructure in the region, and would go far to reducing consumer pricing.

In the mobile sector, GT&T's mobile unit, Cellink, competes with Digicel Guyana for market share. Both companies operate GSM/GPRS networks.

Market highlights:

* The government of Guyana sold its 20% stake in GT&T to Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group, a Chinese state-owned company.
* Guyana's delayed cable system, linking Georgetown with Lethem in Brazil, includes 560km of fibre-optic cable and a National Data centre.
* Under its One Laptop per Family (OLPF) scheme, the government has distributed more than 11,000 laptops thus far, with some 70,000 laptops in the program.
* GT&T blocks internet access for cybercafes that use third party applications for VoIP services.

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