The Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM) has reported that fixed broadband customers increased by 13.4% in 2016 to reach 26,295 by the end of December. Growth was arguably driven by the entrance of a new player in the sector, mobile operator Ooredoo Maldives, which launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services in May 2016, as well as the fibre network expansion of established players Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Focus Infocom (Raajje Online).
The number of mobile broadband subscribers, meanwhile, increased 16.3% from 227,820 at the end of 2015 to 264,937 twelve months later. According to the regulator, mobile telephony customers in the Maldives grew 9.8% year-on-year to reach 812,128 at end-2016, with pre-paid users accounting for the majority (88.0%, or 714,367) of wireless users at that date. By comparison, the CAM reported that fixed telephony lines in service (including payphones) fell from 21,911 in Q4 2015 to 21,136 a year later.