Communications in the Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic has extensive mobile phone and land-line services. INDOTEL, Instituto Dominicano De Telecomunicaciones, regulates and supervises the development of the country telecommunications market. The Dominican Republic has Cable Internet, ADSL, WIMAX, EV-DO and UMTS/HSDPA in most parts of the country. Projects to extend Wi-Fi (wireless internet) hots spots have been undertaken in Santo Domingo. Numerous television channels are available. Tricom es:Tricom, Wind Telecom and Claro Codetel provide television services digitally, with channels from around Latin America and elsewhere in the world.

Telephones - main lines in use: 974,048 (2009)

Mobile phones: 7,801,858 (2009)

Mobile teledensity: 80.1%

VoIP Lines: 72,894 (2009)

Telephone system:
domestic: very efficient system based on island-wide microwave radio relay network and fiber optics lines that cover many of the main cities
international: connected to the ARCOS (America's Region Caribbean Optical-ring System); 1 coaxial submarine cable; satellite earth station - 1; Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 143, FM 247, shortwave 14 (2008)

Radios: 1.44 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 46 (2008)

Televisions: 770,000 (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 8 [Codetel, Claro(ADSL and wireless), Tricom(WIMAX, ADSL, and Cable), Aster (CABLE), VIVA (wireless), France Telecom (wireless), Onemax (WIMAX), Wind Telecom (WIMAX)] (2008)

Internet Accounts: 381,211 (2009)

Internet Users: 2,439,997 (2009)

Country code: DO

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Broadband Internet access

The Dominican Republic is considered one of the countries with the most advanced telecommunications infrastructures in Latin America, with over 7.8 million cell phones connected (on just about 10 million populants, with 3.5 million of them on extreme poverty conditions) and large companies like Codetel and Orange (FR) on the telecommunications market. Broadband Internet access is growing, with over 381,211 Internet accounts globally and 2,439,997 Internet users as of June, 2009 according to INDOTEL(DR Telecommunications Institute). Broadband DSL represents about 60% of the total Internet subscribers. There is access to regular ADSL, G.SHDSL, and services only on metropolitan areas, costs are high and service is decent. Cable Internet is offered by a couple of cable companies at lower costs than ADSL but the service is very deficient and unreliable. WiFi is becoming more common. It is available in some universities. Most hotels also offer wiki internet. The implementation of the Wimax technology by some of the Cell-phone service providers(Tricom) are resulting in the rapid investment by other providers in the market to match the new and faster platform of services. Also the ongoing installation of a Fiber-Optic network structure in the National District and the City of Santiago (second largest in the country) will force other competitors into upgrading theirs to be able to compete in the markets they now lead.

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