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Belize - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Analyses and Statistics Product Image

Belize - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Analyses and Statistics

  • Published: May 2013
  • Region: Belize
  • 21 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

BLT investing in much needed fixed and mobile network upgrades

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 even 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 remains marginal. The nationalisation further discourages foreign investment READ MORE >

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
7.1 Overview
7.2 Internet statistics
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
9. Pay TV market
9.1 Overview
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 – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Belize – 2000 - 2012
Table 8 – BTL financial data – 2010 - 2012
Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1998-2011
Table 10 – BTL broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2010
Table 11 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2011
Table 12 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2013
Table 13 – Mobile market share by major operator – 2005 - 2011
Chart 1 – Fixed lines and teledensity – 2003 - 2011
Chart 2 – Internet users and user penetration – 2000 - 2011
Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2013
Chart 4 - Mobile market share by major operator – 2005; 2011
Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cable networks links in Belize

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