Dominican Republic targets 70% broadband penetration

Tuesday 28 March 2017 | 11:02 CET | News

The number of internet connections in the Dominican Republic soared by over 22 percent year on year to reach 6.1 million at the end of January, having grown 26 percent in 2016 as a whole, according to data published by telecommunications regulator Indotel. However, Indotel’s chairman Jose del Castillo Savinon emphasizes that aim is to boost internet penetration from the current figure of less than 50 percent of the population to at least 70 percent over the next three years. The country’s Republica Digital programme calls for substantially increased fibre-optic coverage to meet the goal, starting with the introduction of broadband services in ten more provinces via a backbone network to be rolled out by state utilities giant ETED. The fibre-optic backbone “will connect nearly all of the country’s 32 provinces via 55 nodes nationwide,” said the Indotel head.

The watchdog added that total of 8.70 million mobile telephone lines were in operation in the Dominican Republic at the end of January, three-quarters of which were pre-paid. There were also 1.11 million fixed lines, 228,502 IP lines and 740,994 pay-TV subscribers.

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