Founded in 2014, the Puerto Rican Telecommunications Alliance (PRTA) represents telephone, cable TV and data TV companies, as well as service providers that are part of the telecommunications industry in Puerto Rico.
PRTA members provide wired and wireless telecommunication services, broadband internet access, cable television services, data networks, cloud services, and related information technology services. This includes:
more than 700,000 fixed connections, 3.4 million wireless connections and 1.8 million Internet access points.
PRTA member companies provide advanced communication services of the highest quality, to guarantee local, national, and global connectivity through means such as submarine fiber, land fiber, wireless networks and a copper-based omnipresent infrastructure.
The telecommunications industry is a vital segment of Puerto Rico’s economy, in which PRTA members make a positive and significant impact. In the past six (6) years alone, the industry has invested $4 billion in physical and technological infrastructure.
Our members have contributed an average $543 million annually in state and municipal taxes over corporate income, in addition to the income tax paid individually by employees. In context, our industry produces approximately $3.75 billion annually, or 5.4% of Puerto Rico’s National Gross Product (NGP) at its current rate. It employs more than 9,000 people with an estimated payroll that is upwards $91.3 billion each year, which are injected back into the economy and have a multiplying effect. In 2012, the average annual salary for employees in Puerto Rico was $24,905, while the telecommunication industry’s annual salary averaged $41,714.
We firmly believe that the government must be a facilitator rather than a competitor of the private sector. Our members are committed to providing excellent service and to invest in Puerto Rico. This initiative includes the encouragement of establishing new businesses and creating new jobs. Also, we emphatically support the export of software and telecom-related goods and services.
We are an association comprised of private telecommunication companies that serve our clients and Puerto Rico. We deliver loyal competition, foster a service of excellence and advocate for an optimum setting for the industry’s growth.
To promote multinational and native companies’ private capital investment that meets Puerto Rico’s telecommunication needs and to contribute to our island’s economic growth. All the while guarding that the government acts as a facilitator rather than as a competitor of the private sector.
Lcda. Wanda Pérez-Álvarez, President
Enrique Ortiz de Montellano, Secretary
Pedro Andrés-López, Treasurer
Felipe J. Hernández
Andrés M. Ramos
Víctor J. Suárez Mercado
Rhadamés O. Alberti, representing the Junior Chapter
Denise M. Berlingeri-Rivera, Esq