Dominican Republic & A4AI Kickstart Partnership in Santo Domingo Signing Ceremony
On September 19, the Dominican Republic became the fourth country to join the Alliance and the first in Latin America. Mr. Gideon Santos, president of the Board of Indotel, the country's telecommunications regulator, and Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony in Santo Domingo. Ms. Jorge and A4AI's Latin America Coordinator Yacine Khelladi also had the opportunity to meet government, civil society and private sector stakeholders to encourage them to join A4AI's multi-stakeholder process in the country.
Facts & Figures:
A4AI’s key objective is to work with the government of the Dominican Republic and a wide range of local organisations to drive down broadband prices to the UN Broadband Commission target of 5% or less of monthly income, thereby enabling millions more Dominicans to come online. A multi-stakeholder forum to form a national coalition and identify the priority challenges the coalition will address is planned for later this year.
- According to the World Bank, almost half (46%) of the Dominican population currently use the Internet. However, fixed and mobile broadband penetration remains low at 18% and 25% respectively (ITU 2014). By contrast, 74% of population in Puerto Rico and 64% in Trinidad and Tobago use the internet.
- Prices for mobile broadband services in the Dominican Republic remain high — a basic 500 MB broadband package would cost the average citizen over a quarter of their monthly income. By contrast, citizens of nearby Jamaica pay just under 5% of their monthly income for a similar package.