Strong mobile growth pushes telephony penetration past 50%

16 May 2006

Telephony penetration in Dominican Republic reached 53.7% in the first quarter of 2006, according to BNamericas citing the country’s telecoms regulator Indotel. The number of fixed lines in service decreased 0.2% to 894,472 lines in service, of which 605,208 were residential lines; Verizon, which is in the process of being taken over by Mexico’s América Móvil, dominates the fixed line sector. Indotel said that 142,000 internet connections were added, taking the total number of subscribers to 1.1 million at the end of the quarter, of which 59,520 were xDSL broadband connections. Growth was again propelled by the mobile sector, after the country’s four operators – Centennial, Orange, Tricom and Verizon – added a combined 283,835 new subscribers in the three months to 31 March.