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Dominican Republic Communication
 
 
 

General

The Dominican Republic has a well-developed telecommunications infrastructure, with extensive mobile phone services and landline services. The telecommunications regulator in the country is Indotel (Instituto Dominicano de Telecomunicaciones). The Dominican Republic offers cable Internet and DSL in most parts of the country, and many Internet service providers offer 3G wireless internet service. Projects to extend Wi-Fi hot spots have been made in Santo Domingo.

On the most recent update in regards to phone subscribers (lines) in the country since 2000, when there were 1.6 million phone lines subscribers (land and cell users); Indotel reports that as of June 5, 2009, there are more than 8 million phone subscribers (lines) in the Dominican Republic. That represents 80.6% out of the total population of the country. The communication sector generates about 3.0% of the GDP (PIB).

On the cell phone services, Indotel reports 6,807,831 prepaid cell user accounts. For post pay, it reports 994,027 user accounts. For fixed phone lines (non-cell) it reports 678,901 dedicated lines in use for residential services. For business lines it reports 266,341. For public phones/services it reports 13,639. As of the second quarter of 2008, there are no more analog lines in the trunk services by local providers. Indotel reports 2,439,997 Internet users in the country for the end of March 2009.

The cable television in the Dominican Republic are provided by a variety of companies. These companies offer both English and Spanish language television, plus a range of channels in other languages, high definition channels, Pay-per-view movies and events, sports packages, premium movies channels and adult channels such as HBO, Playboy TV, Cinecanal, MLB Extra Innings, etc. Also, the channels are from not only the Dominican Republic, but also the United States and Europe. In the Dominican Republic television spectrum there are 46 in VHF and UHF channels free-to-air channels. The free of charge channels programming consists mainly of locally produced entertainment shows, news, and comedy shows; and foreign sit-comes, soap operas, movies, cartoons, and sports programs.

The main service provider in the Dominican Republic is Telecable from Tricom. Aster is concentrated in Santo Domingo, but is expanding its service throughout the Dominican Republic. There are also new companies using new technologies that are expanding quickly such as Claro TV (IPTV), Wind Telecom (MMDS) and SKY (Satellite TV).

Overview

Telephones - main lines in use
985,700 (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular
7.21 million (2008)

Telephone system
general assessment:
relatively efficient system based on island-wide microwave radio relay network
domestic: fixed telephone line density is about 10 per 100 persons; multiple providers of mobile cellular service with a subscribership of roughly 75 per 100 persons
international: country code - 1-809; landing point for the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) fibre-optic telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and US; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2008)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 120, FM 56, shortwave 4 (1998)

Television broadcast stations
25 (2003)

Internet country code
.do

Internet hosts
280,457 (2009)

Internet users
2.147 million (2008)

 

 
 

 



 


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