Dominican Republic to deploy nationwide fibre-optic network

30 Jan 2014

The Dominican Republic’s telecoms watchdog, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), has unveiled details of its ‘National Fiber Optic Network’ project, which is included in the government’s 2014-2015 Biennial Plan. The network, which will require investment of DOP2.675 billion (USD61.72 million), is expected to be co-funded by the World Bank, which could contribute as much as USD30 million.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2008 the regulator announced that it expected a national fibre-optic backbone network to be complete before the end of 2010, providing broadband services to at least 90% of the country, and ensuring that all households have access at least a 128kbps minimum speed. However, Indotel has revised its timetable on several occasions, with little in the way of concrete progress reported.

Dominican Republic, Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel)