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Long-awaited Telecommunications Bill set before the National AssemblyThe 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 further into 2016 are encouraging.
Guyanas fixed-line teledensity is above average for Latin America and much higher than would be expected given the countrys poor economic indicators. Mobile and broadband penetration, however, are well below the regional average.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T, rebranded as GTT+ in late 2015), controlled by Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN), has a monopoly over fixed-line services, but it competes with Digicel in the mobile market.
GTT+s fixed-line monopoly was renewed for 20 years in December 2010, but before renewing it the government drafted a new Telecommunications Amendment Bill aimed at opening the telecom sector to competition. The bill was abandoned in September 2011 shortly before the national elections, but is again to be put before the National Assembly, this time benefiting from inputs from both GTT and Digicel. It includes provisions to fund a Universal Services Fund through a tax on telcos revenue.
Although GTT+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.
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 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 in reducing consumer pricing.
In the mobile sector, GTT+s mobile unit, Cellink, competes with Digicel Guyana for market share. Both companies operate GSM/GPRS networks. The Telecommunications Bill promises considerable changes in the sector, with licences anticipated to be issued to GTT and Digicel for them to be able to offer 3G and 4G services for the first time.
Key telecom parameters - 2015 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services:Penetration
Mobile SIM (population)73percent
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Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.3 Privatisation of GTT+
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4.1 GTT+s licence and expansion plan
5.4.2 First efforts towards liberalisation
5.4.3 Start of mobile competition
5.4.4 Digicels interim long distance licence
5.4.5 Telecommunications Amendment Bill
5.4.6 VoIP court case
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GTT+)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.3.2 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-Government project
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Digital networks
10.4.1 Satellite mobile
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.1 Cellink (GTT+)
10.5.2 Digicel Guyana
10.6 Mobile content and applications
10.7 M-payment services
11. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Guyana - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 4 - Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Evolution of GDP in Guyana - 2000 - 2015
Table 8 - Fixed and mobile market share - 1998 - 2015
Table 9 - GTT+ revenue by sector - 2010 - 2015
Table 10 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2009
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
Table 13 - Historic - Internet users and user penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
Table 14 - Internet users and user penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 16 - Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 17 - DSL subscribers - 2005- 2016
Table 18 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2009
Table 19 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 21 - Mobile operators market share - 2003 - 2016
Table 22 - GTT+ mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2014
Table 23 - Digicel Guyana revenue - 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 15 - Internet users and user penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Chart 3 - Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Chart 4 20 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Map of Guyana
Exhibit 2 - GTT+ at a glance
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