Teledensity reaches 40% buoyed by strong mobile gains

17 Feb 2005

At the end of 2004 the Dominican Republic had a total of 3,470,218 fixed and mobile lines, lifting overall teledensity in the country to 40%. The improvement was driven by a surge in popularity for wireless connections. The country’s four mobile operators – Orange Dominicana, Codetel (Compania Dominicana de Telefonos), Centennial Dominicana and Tricom – collectively added 411,000 new lines during the year to raise the total number of connections to 2,534,063 – a penetration rate of 28.8%, up from 24.5% previously. The figure would have been higher – the number of digital connections rose by 541,658 lines – but the 99,509 users who abandoned analogue connections, kept the overall gain down. Meanwhile, wireline teledensity in the Dominican Republic reached 10.6% at the end of 2004, a 3% growth year-on-year to 963,000 fixed lines. The number of internet accounts reached 106,296, up from 96,391.