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Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

February 2021 | 98 pages | ID: FC67B3F47A0AEN
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TFL announces plan to expand fibre infrastructure to more parts of the country

Fiji has a relatively sophisticated communications infrastructure with the highest mobile and internet penetration in the Pacific Islands. It is the leading market to watch in terms of both LTE and 5G development in this region.

The Fijian mobile operators, including Digicel Fiji and Vodafone Fiji, continue to invest in LTE and LTE-A technologies, and these networks now account for the largest share of mobile connections. Concentrating on the more highly populated areas, the operators are preparing for the next growth area of mobile data. The operators also have 5G in mind and are preparing the networks to be 5G ready.

Fiji presents a challenging geographic environment for infrastructure developments generally, due to its population being spread across more than 100 islands. However, the majority of Fijians live on the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

In July 2018, the two islands were linked by the Savusavu submarine cable system, which provides a more secure link between the two islands in times of emergency weather events such as the regular tropical cyclones which often cause much destruction to this area. These natural disasters often destroy essential infrastructure including electricity and telecoms equipment.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is continuing to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

In Fiji, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the economy which is reliant of the hospitality and tourism sectors. With many countries still in lockdown and cross-border travels largely restricted, it is predicted that 2021 will also pose a challenging business environment.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

The report covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Australian government considers blocking Chinese companies from acquiring Digicel's Pacific operations;
  • TFL announces a five-year plan to expand fibre infrastructure to more parts of the country;
  • Gondwana-2 international submarine cable to Fiji due for completion in early 2022;
  • Vodafone completes network upgrade and expansion program;
  • Digicel upgrades and expands LTE coverage;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2020, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2020, recent market developments.
Companies covered in this report include:

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH), Telecom Fiji (TFL), Fiji International Telecommunications (FINTEL), Kacific Broadband Satellites, Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), Vodafone Fiji (VFL), Digicel Fiji, Inkk Mobile, Unwired Fiji, Fintel Internet Services (Kidanet)
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

3 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
3.5 Impact on Fiji

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market overview
4.2 Market analysis

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.3 The Radisson Accord and Deeds of Settlement
5.4 Fixed-line developments
5.5 Mobile network developments

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators
6.5 Mobile handsets

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Broadband statistics
7.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
7.3 Other fixed broadband services

8 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH)
9.2 Telecom Fiji (TFL)
9.3 Fiji International Telecommunications (Fintel)

10 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 National telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
10.3 Smart infrastructure

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities- Fiji 2020 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP and inflation in Fiji 2012 2022
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Fiji percentage of mobile connections by technology 2018; 2025
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2025
Table 6 Development of Vodafone Fiji's financial data - 2010 2020
Table 7 Growth in the number of Vodafone Fiji's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 8 Fiji smart phone penetration 2014; 2018; 2020; 2025
Table 9 Internet users and internet penetration 2011 - 2020
Table 10 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 11 Development of ATH Group and Holding Company financial data 2010 - 2021
Table 12 Development of Telecom Fiji's financial data 2010 2020
Table 13 Development of Fintel's financial data 2013 2020
Table 14 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 15 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2014 - 2018
Table 16 Historical - Estimated Vodafone Fiji Limited ARPU 2008 2014
Chart 1 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 2 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Chart 3 Development of Vodafone Fiji's financial data - 2010 2020
Chart 4 Growth in the number of Vodafone Fiji's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 5 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Development of ATH Group and Holding Company financial data 2010 - 2021
Chart 7 Development of Telecom Fiji's financial data 2010 2020
Chart 8 Development of Fintel's financial data 2013 2020
Chart 9 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Exhibit 1 Impact of Cyclone Winston
Exhibit 2 Fiji Telecommunications market structure
Exhibit 3 Regulatory and telecoms background a brief overview 1895 - 2007
Exhibit 4 Subscriber details required for phone registration
Exhibit 5 Prices for Interconnection Services in Fiji
Exhibit 6 Vodafone Fiji historical developments
Exhibit 7 An overview of mobile money in Fiji
Exhibit 8 Background information on the rise and fall of fixed-line market in Fiji
Exhibit 9 Major submarine cables with landing points in Pacific Islands


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