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

  • ID: 3763735
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Suriname
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

Digicel restructures debt.

Suriname is the smallest nation on the South American continent, with about 580,000 inhabitants. The only Dutch-speaking nation in South America, it has close affinities with the Caribbean, and is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).

The state-owned incumbent telco, Telesur, is the only provider of fixed-line and fixed broadband services in Suriname. The country's fixed-line infrastructure is reasonably reliable in the more populated coastal region, though poor in the interior. Telesur started building out a fibre network in Paramaribo 2013, and in June 2018, the company started with the rollout of the National Broadband Project (TNBP), which was completed in 2019.

Fixed teledensity and broadband penetration are slightly lower than average for Latin America and the Caribbean, while mobile penetration is significantly above the regional average and much higher than would be expected given the country's relatively low GDP per capita.

Many Surinamese have up to three mobile lines with different providers, which has pushed up penetration figures although the number of subscribers has fallen in recent years as consumers have responded to economic pressures. The mobile market supports only two players: Telesur (trading as TeleG), and Digicel (part of Digicel Group, a significant operator across the Caribbean and Pacific regions). In early 2015 Digicel acquired the only other operator, Uniqa, which only had about 5,000 subscribers. In January 2017 Digicel signed a deal to host the MVNO Transatel, which operates in a number of markets across the Caribbean and Latin America. In May 2020, through a successful refinancing activities, Digicel reduced its debts by more than 20% .

Key Developments:

  • Digicel restructures debt;
  • Telesur's National Broadband Project completed;
  • Telesur launches its 5G network in Paramaribo, markets triple-play offering and high-volume mobile data packages;
  • Suriname ranked 81st internationally for mobile network speeds and 158th for fixed broadband speeds;
  • Significant recent gold and offshore oil discoveries to boost economic growth;
The report update includes recent market developments, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, ITU and regulator data to 2019.
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1 Key statistics

2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison
2.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Subscribers
3.3 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

6 Mobile market
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile broadband
6.4 Mobile infrastructure
6.5 Major mobile operators

7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8 Digital Economy

9 Fixed network operator
9.1 Telesur

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 National telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
10.3 Infrastructure developments

11 Appendix historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Suriname 2020 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Suriname 2010 2020
Table 3 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2010 2020
Table 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 5 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2012 2026
Table 6 Internet users and user penetration 2010- 2020
Table 7 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 9 International bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 10 Historic- International bandwidth 2005 2009

List of Charts
Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category
Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category
Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category
Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 8 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 11 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 12 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 2026
Chart 13 Internet users and user penetration 2010 2020
Chart 14 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 15 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 4 Map of Suriname
Exhibit 5 Submarine cable network links to Suriname in 2021
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