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Internet Usage Statistics:
1,581,100 Internet users as of December, 2014;
53.6% of the population, according to IWS.

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 240 kilometers (150 mi) in length and as much as 85 kilometers (50 mi) in width, situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is 635 kilometers (391 mi) east of the Central American mainland, 150 kilometers (93 mi) south of Cuba, and 180 kilometers (112 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated. Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, then as the British West Indies Crown colony of Jamaica. It is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.

Latest Jamaica Population Estimate:

2,950,210 population for 2015, according to US Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita was US$ 5,220 for 2014, according to the World Bank.

Jamaica Size (Area):
Jamaica has 10,991 sq km - Population Density is 269 persons per sq km.

Jamaica Map
Geographic Map and basic data for Jamaica.

Jamaica Travel
Visit Jamaica - travel web site.

Jamaica Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source




2.3 %

US$ 3,056





22.4 %

US$ 3,229





39.6 %

US$ 2,900





53.5 %

US$ 3,710





53.6 %

US$ 5,220


Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Jamaica Official Statistics Page
Statistical Institute of Jamaica

Search Engines and Directories:
Jamaica Search Engines

Jamaica Open Directory


Jamaica Profile

Jamaica in the Wikipedia
Jamaican history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.

Jamaica in the CIA Factbook
Jamaica information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.

BBC Jamaica Profile
Up to date resume about Jamaican leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Jamaica e-Government Page
The Gabinet Office of Jamaica portal, with many useful links.

Jamaica Goverment Page
Gateway to all the online information and services available
from the Government of Jamaica.

Telecommunications Reports for Jamaica and the Caribbean Region

Jamaica Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Report
This report contains overviews, analyses and statistics of the Jamaican fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets together with information on convergence issues and on Jamaica’s fixed line incumbent and major mobile operators.
See executive summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - Anguilla to Bermuda Report
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados and Bermuda. It includes information about fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - British Virgin Islands to Monserrat Report
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Montserrat. It includes information about fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecommunications Market - Netherlands Antilles to US Virgin Islands
This report provides an overview of the telecom markets in Netherlands Antilles, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands. Covers fixed-line and mobile operators, Internet providers, regulatory background and state of liberalisation.
See summary and table of contents

Caribbean Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics
Almost all Caribbean countries offer a full range of telecom services, despite being characterised by small markets in terms of population. Liberalisation agreements have been reached in most countries. The major mobile players are the incumbent Cable & Wireless and Digicel which, in June 2005, agreed to acquire all the Caribbean operations of Cingular Wireless. The region’s mobile subscriber base is concentrated in the hands of these two major players, with only a few smaller companies edging their way into the newly liberalised markets. This Paul Budde report provides an overview of the Caribbean’s telecom sector accompanied by relevant statistics and a brief profile of the major players.
See report table of contents

Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in Jamaica

May 2015 Review

Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology (with Energy), Phillip Paulwell, emphasized the need for Jamaica and the rest of the region to continue on a path of progress in information communication technology (ICT) development. The Minister, who was speaking at the May 17 opening ceremony of the World Telecommunication Day Symposium at the Hilton Kingston, noting that with the developments taking place across the globe, "it is imperative that we take stock of where we are, and where we need to be in terms of ICT development."

"International Telecommunications Union (ITU) statistics," he added, "show that over the last 10 years, the digital divide between the developing and the developed countries has been narrowing in terms of fixed telephone lines, mobile subscribers and Internet users."

Locally, he said, there has been tremendous growth in cellular subscription since the liberalization process started in 2000, moving from about 70,000 subscribers to over two million at present. "Mobile penetration in Jamaica exceeds that of the rest of the Caribbean and indeed the rest of the western hemisphere," Minister Paulwell noted.

In terms of E-readiness, the Minister informed that Jamaica has made tremendous progress and was now "behind the United States, Canada, Brazil and Chile in terms of our E-readiness for this region", and was "looking forward to overtaking them as the first developing country to do so in the region."

Speaking of Internet use in Jamaica, Minister Paulwell stated that, "Internet penetration rates in Jamaica have remained behind those found in more dynamic markets, especially Asia, presenting a serious obstacle to the realization of the government's objectives to develop a strong and effective ICT sector."

He said that the mission now, "is to move away from the focus on voice and instead to try in greater earnest to ensure that we have the infrastructure for supporting a knowledge-based society."

Fibre optic and wireless broadband technology were recently introduced to the island, and since the liberalisation process in 2000, growth in cellular mobile subscribers increased from approximately 300,000 subscribers to nearly two million today. Mobile penetration in Jamaica exceeds that of the rest of the Caribbean and even North America, with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world telecommunications index for 2005 indicating a mobile penetration rate of 82.2 per cent, according to the technology minister.

The three-day symposium, which was hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in association with Mona School of Business, concluded May 19, 2006.

Keep tuned to the Caribbean Telecommunications Reports. New statistics figures, overviews, analysis and updates become available all the time.

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