3Q11 Belize Mobile Operator Forecast, 2011 - 2015: Belize to have 0.32 million mobile subscriber connections in 2015 with BTL DigiCell taking 52% market share
- Published: November 2011
- Region: Belize
BLT revenue continues to slide for FY 2013
Belize is one the smaller countries in the region, with fewer than 350,000 inhabitants. It is the only English-speaking nation in Central America, having closer affinities with the Caribbean region than with its immediate neighbours.
While Belize's GDP per capita is high for Central America, its telecoms services remain poor by regional standards. Both fixed-line teledensity and mobile penetration are lower than in neighbouring countries.
The Belizean telecom market was officially liberalised in 2003, yet the incumbent, Belize Telemedia Limited, continues to hold a monopoly in fixed-line services and is the dominant provider of mobile and broadband services. In 2009, the state renationalised Belize Telemedia Limited, after a change of government brought to light a questionable Accommodation Agreement between the previous administration and Belize Telemedia Limited.
Although the rationale for the nationalisation was to improve conditions for consumers, Belize Telemedia Limited's prices remain high and competition is marginal. The nationalisation further discourages foreign investment in a market plagued by frequent allegations of corruption.
The number of fixed lines continues to fall as customers adopt mobile services for basic telecoms. This has kept fixed-line teledensity low, while mobile penetration continues to rise steadily. The mobile sector account for over bout 90% of all phone subscriptions in the country.
SpeedNet is making inroads in the mobile sector, securing a sizeable market share.
By the close of the Belize Telemedia Limited public share offer in early 2011 the Belize Social Security Board was the largest purchaser. By 2012 the government's stake was reduced to 64%.
Compared with its other economic indicators, penetration is low in Belize for virtually all telecom services. An independent, pro-competition and transparent telecoms regime supported by an effective regulatory framework is needed to develop the telecom market, making it more attractive for investors despite the market's small size.
In early 2012 DigiCell contracted Ericsson to install an HSPA+ network nationally, enabling effecting mobile broadband nationally.
BTL in mid-2013 began allowing unrestricted VoIP access for the first time.
DigiCell in mid-2014 introduced a new roaming deal to 30 countries.
Penetration of services 2014 (e)
Service | Penetration
Broadband | 3.5%
Mobile | 60%
Fixed-line | 7.6%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Belize's telecom market
4.2 Overview of major operators
4.3 Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL)
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Renationalisation of BTL
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom networks
6.2 Infrastructure developments
6.2.1 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Interconnection with other Central American countries
6.3.2 Submarine cable networks
7. Internet market
7.2 Internet statistics
8. Broadband market
8.2 Broadband statistics
9. Pay TV market
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Belize's mobile market
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Major mobile operators
10.3.1 BTL (DigiCell)
10.3.2 SpeedNet (Smart)
10.4 Mobile data services
10.4.1 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.4.2 Mobile banking
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Belize 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Belize 2000 - 2013
Table 8 BTL financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1998 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 11 International bandwidth 2005 - 2012
Table SEQ Chart 3 Internet users and user penetration 2000 - 2011
Table 12 BTL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 13 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 14 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2014
Table 16 Fixed internet subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 17 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2014
Table 18 Mobile market share by major operator 2005 - 2011
Chart 1 BTL financial data 2010 2013
Chart 2 Fixed lines and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Chart 4 Internet users and user penetration 2000 - 2014
Chart 5 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cable networks links in Belize